2014 has been an interesting year for us filled with ups and downs. We've learned a lot, grown a lot, and made a lot of new friends throughout the year. We started the year off raising thousands of poultry - some for your eating pleasure and some to go on and lay eggs for you. We've worked non-stop all year working on fencing, raising animals, selling feed, and more. In September we participated in our second Fall Harvest Farm Tour. We had well over 1200 people visit the farm that day. All the animals were on their best behavior and did plenty to entertain our guests for the day.
We've had other visitors to the farm for tours on a weekly basis almost all year.
We've been published multiple time with different articles and newspapers this year.
I've continued to teach classes this year so that others can learn about poultry and raising them naturally. I hope to expand these classes into other aspects of our farm soon.
This time of year we are winding down on any public visits to the farm and tours. We've been doing final preparations for winter. I just hope that this winter doesn't end up as bad as they say it is going to be. We've been moving hay, moving animals, finishing the last of our fencing, and getting buildings prepared for the winter months.
Because my mind never stops thinking about where I want to go with this farm and what I want to do - I'm already thinking about what I want to happen in 2015 and making preparations to make those projects happen.
Our breeding flocks of chickens and turkeys have increased this year a lot. No longer is the space that I've been using enough for the amount of breeding birds that we have. We need to build new buildings and fence in areas for our breeding birds while they are separated from the rest of the flock. I usually separate them in December - I guess I better get moving!! For the start of 2015 we will have Marans eggs and chicks and we will also have Bresse chicks and eggs available. In the spring we will be hatching turkeys and guineas as well. I probably won't start incubating until February this year just in case there's any chance of a winter like last year.
We will be scaling back a lot on the poultry in 2015. While we will still hatch a lot - I would like to sell the majority as day olds and not raise them out. This goes for chickens, ducks, and turkeys. We raised so many birds in 2014 that I'm slightly burnt out and did not get as much done around here as I anticipated since I was always taking care of birds.
We will have up to 4 steers/bulls that we will process in 2015. They are all 100% grass-fed, no antibiotics - just nature and pasture. We will ONLY be selling as quarters. There will not be the availability to purchase whole or half beef yet. The demand we have for beef is too large right now and by quartering each of them out, we can split each cow with 4 families. Prices will be determined in the spring. You can let me know if you would like on a waiting list. When I know the approximate date of availability, I will contact the next people on the list - if still interested, you will have 48 hours to get me your non-refundable deposit. Payment is full is due after I've dropped off the steer at the processing facility and I have the hanging weight. More information will follow in the spring.
We will also have pasture raised, non-GMO fed pork available later in 2015 as well.
Soon (weather dependent) - we hope to have a small building erected by the house for our milking parlor. Our Randall girls have been progressing very nicely in their milking training. Each day I work with the girls who have yet to calve getting used to me touching them and handling them. We need to get this building built (it will have a milking area and also a separate area for a refrigerator for milk pickup), a shelter and secure paddock built for the calves since I will have to pull them from their moms after they've received colostrum. We will still be raising the calves on the milk, I just get to decide how much and often they get to drink. Please let us know if you are interested in milk. This will help us gauge how many girls we need to milk.
We have expanded a lot this year with our natural treatments for the health of our animals. I hope to be posting some introduction to natural animal health informational posts soon. It's a lot to learn, so I will be starting with a lot of basics.
Will have unrelated breeding stock of our Hog Island Sheep available in Spring 2015 after weaning. Please let us know if you are interested. We already have several people on the list.
I want to take a moment to Thank each and every one of you for your support this year. It's meant a lot. We've come a long way and have so much more we want to do. We'd like to do a lot more hands on training with those who want to learn. It was really successful this year and I enjoyed it alot. Let us know if you are interested.
Enjoy the rest of 2014!! Bring on 2015!!! God bless.
Rising Phoenix Farm
14093 Madison Pike
Morning View, KY 41063