Starting a Family Farm in Vermont

Barn or Ark???….
June 26, 2006, 4:48 pm
Filed under: Cattle, Construction, Pigs

This weather has been nothing short of horrible. The construction of the barn has been underway but there is no question that this rain isn’t helping us. We are using a talented local builder, John Newton, who actually built the home we are living in. Luckily we started the clearing for pastures when we did and they are finished. The logging was done by Will Crandall from Peru, VT. His crew did fantastic job. My wife Melissa and I did all of the electric fence work that would put a smile on Long Island’s finest —- Rose Fence.. The permanent fence work will be done by Springfield Fence of Springfield, VT. 

 As far as the animals go, we have moved what we have now to their new home located on Ridge Road in Landgrove,VT. It really was a sight watching Melissa walk our pig, Sugar, through the village of Landgrove to the new house. As most of you are aware from my previous blog, we are purchasing a Miniature Belted Galloway Bull, his mother, and are waiting for others to be born in July. We have also purchased 4 Lowline Angus heifers that we be pregnant when we get them. On July 4th I will be picking up 5 more piglets from Walter of Sugar Mountain Farm. If all goes as planned the farm should be in full operation by the end of the summer/ beginning of fall. I will be sure to keep everyone posted— John 


It’s a Bouncing Baby Bull!!
June 20, 2006, 4:15 pm
Filed under: Cattle

We received an email last week announcing the birth of a healthy bull calf born at Ministock Farm in Randolph VT. Melissa and I made our first trip to visit Jody and Robyn’s farm last fall when their Miniature Belted Galloways cows were pregnant. We were very interested in the breed and shook hands with them for first look at the calves after they were born. This bull was born on June 11th and will be a perfect fit for our Farm. Our goal with the miniature cattle is to keep a breeding stock and raise their offspring for Vermont raised, grass fed, hormone free beef. The local market is very good for this beef. If you have not eaten grass fed, I highly recommend it. It is fantastic. We have high hopes for this little bull’s future and will keep everyone posted on the future happenings at the farm— John 

Lowline Angus Cattle
June 5, 2006, 12:54 pm
Filed under: Cattle

 Lowline Angus Calf I took a small road trip with my youngest daughter Emma on Saturday to visit Rod and Marilyn Hewitt of Dayspring Farm in Rockingham, VT. I found their farm online while looking for Miniature Cattle breeders in Vermont. I have met with Rod several times over the last few months. He raises Dexter Cattle for grass fed beef and recently purchased a herd of Lowline Angus Heifers. We were very interested in the Dexters as well as the Lowlines. After seeing both breeds I became more intersted in the Lowlines. Rod decided that having so many Dexters and now adding the Lowlines to his farm was just going to be too much. He contacted me and asked if I would be interested in buying some. Melissa and I saw this as a great opportunity for our Farm and deceided to purchase 4 Lowline Angus heifers from him. The heifers will become pregnant this summer. We are still in the construction phase of the barn as well as the farm so we will be getting them when we are up and running. For more information on Lowlines visit Lowline Info.