We missed everyone at the impromptu Market yesterday, and we wanted to let you all in on what we were up to instead. We attended the Osborn Red Angus Production Sale in search of a few new members of the Dennis Farms herd, and we had a great day! We took a few photos to share with y’all:
Dennis Farms’ Lawnmowers
An every summer ritual at Dennis Farms is Janie complaining that I spend far too much time taking care of the pastures and not near enough time taking care of the yard. The complaining escalates in direct relationship to the length of the grass. By the time the grass in the yard is a foot high, my ears are really getting burned.
This year, Janie took matters into her own hands. When the grass had gotten out of control (in Janie’s mind), she told me, “I’ve had it. I’m putting some sheep in the yard and letting them eat it down.”
Well, I guess it must be working. This picture of the “lawnmowers” chewing their morning cud is the 3rd time this summer the yard has been mowed. That’s 2 more times than it usually gets mowed. Of course, tippy-toeing around the deposits the sheep leave behind can be aggravating, but a good rain usually takes care of that.
It’s a beautiful spring here on the farm! We hope you all are enjoying this warm weather as much as we are. We’ve been gearing up for the start of the new season at the Cotton Mill Farmer’s Market, located in beautiful downtown Carrollton, Ga on Rome Street. Opening day is Saturday April 18 from 8am-12pm. We can’t wait to say hello to all of our loyal customers as we launch into this new Market season.
We have a big announcement! We’re so excited to announce a new product available for the first time: Dennis Farms Bratwurst and Italian Sausage Links! This project has been a long time in the works and we can’t wait for you to try out our new pork products. What with all of this warm spring weather we’ve been enjoying, we know it’s the perfect time to dust off those grills and give them a try. We’ll see you at the Farmer’s Market!
Here at Dennis Farms we like to think we have some pretty content animals. Below are a few snapshots of what it looks like around here for a few of our pigs. Enjoy!
Here are 3 of our sows and one of our boars (Larry). They have been trained to eat out of their specific food bowl. We do this with our sows to ensure that each one gets it’s full ration every day during late gestation and while lactating. If we did not do this, the dominate sows (and boar in this case) would eat more than their share leaving the less dominate sows undernourished. That’s Janie supervising supper. Without one of us present, you can kiss the training good bye.
And above you can see a group of piggies about a week old snuggling in the late afternoon sun – much cuter than their parents!
A few minutes after setting our a roll of hay in a new spot, we noticed that this little guy had found himself a warm dry spot to snuggle in. I guess the sheep will just have to eat around him.
Happy New Year from Dennis Farms!