North Woods Homestead, Registered Purebred Mini Jersey Trained Family Milk Cows & Rare Salmon Faverolles Chickens, north Idaho
idaho in june
We needed to fence the perimeter of our acreage to contain our cows when we arrive next Spring. Our county is Open Range so the neighbors can turn out their herd to graze wherever they like, including our property. Our cows are much smaller than average and a breeding to a beef breed bull would likely kill them. A strong fence is very important for our herd! While we were there, Lance and my father-in-law put in the footers for the foundation of the house. We also needed to run water and power to the future farmhouse and barn locations. My dad and Lance installed a huge mailbox way up on the road before the gate to our looong gravel driveway.
I actually thought installing the fencing was pretty fun! Don't the round corner posts just scream "homestead"? We laughed and worked so hard that we slept like logs all night. Nothing brings a couple closer than working on a common goal.
My in-laws have a nice barn with a stall I can use next Summer to milk and for the calves to be locked in at night. We also plan to install a couple quick three-sided pole barns as shelter from sun, wind, rain, and snow. Jerseys grow a thick coat in Winter and shed for the hot Summer temps. But, even with my best coat on cold can cut to the bone. We want them to be happy so shelters will go up, meanwhile, they have the tall pines to rest under.
Now, to get a slab poured and house built before Winter 2016 or else we'll be sleeping in the barn too!