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A time to wean

Our fall 202 calves are being weaned. Not a time I enjoy because of the crying from both sides. We fence wean so everyone can see each other. Our fall 2020 calves were all bull calves except Sweet Eliza. Some of the boys were getting big enough to breed so separation...

A Rusty Knoll and the Livestock Conservancy

After raising the American Milking Devon's for 2.5 years now our focus is evolving. At first we were taking the time to raise the steers for meat taking over 30 months to get an animal to butcher. With the heifers they are two before they can be breed so she is three...

COLD COLD COLD!!!

COLD COLD COLD!!!

As the temp drops and freezing rain sets in, then snow and now the extended forecast is for BITTER cold for the next 10 days. For us its time to get your boots on! The daily chores become harder and take more time. Equipment does not work like it should ts harder for...

Lost art of being a Drover

At A Rusty Knoll we have never ventured down the road of oxen but the ability to communicate with your cows is one of the best treats of the breed. They are always watchful and good at judging your intent. They know if you are there to help, feed or give treats and...

The American Milking Devon Past & Present

Magnolia and Malie 2019Hyde` For us the American Milking Devon's has not only been a lesson in ranching but in US history. We are proud and happy with the breed we choose to come along side and help them grow from being a critically endangered status. The Livestock...

Happy Winter Solstice

Happy Winter Solstice

We went out last night to see the great conjunction. Skies were hazy but we did get a glimpse and can say we saw it happen! Weather here has been up and down. Nights are around freezing and days are from mid 60's to low 30's. Dress for all aspects because you don't...

Calving time

It's calving season here at A Rusty Knoll. Malie stared us off September 5th with a bull calf, Percival. Driving in that day I was 1 cow short. Counted again and knew I needed to go look for the missing lady. Found Malie in a wild area with a new calf still wet. She...

Pondering points

It's been a year now since A Rusty Knoll started to do rotational grazing.We practice a regenerative farming practice working with the land to improve it as we use what it produces. Polly wire and pig tails are used to divide our pastures and the cows are moved into...

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