Monday, July 30, 2012

Barn Raising

A few years ago, we moved to a new yard and began a building project, a combination barn/shop with some corrals. Believe me, this is no small task. It can be difficult to find the time to work on a development like this in between the regular farm chores: feeding, calving, moving yaks and cattle to fresh pastures in the summer, marketing and selling our yak-cross beef, haying, etc. There just aren't enough hours in a day, week, month or year! Therefore, it has turned into a multi-year project.

Here are a series of photos of the progress so far.

Preparing the area:

The footings are poured:

The pony wall is built of styrofoam blocks and filled with concrete:

The walls are framed and ready to set in place:

The walls are up!

Another angle:

The pile of trusses:

At this point, I missed taking a whole series of photos,
so here is the building with the roof and tin on:

Another angle:

The overhead doors are installed:

So far, we've just been using this building for storage and parking, but the next steps are to complete the inside, half with insulation and sheeting for the shop side, and turn the other half into a barn. Watch in the coming weeks, months (but hopefully not years!) as we continue to finish the inside of this building as well as build corrals so we can handle our yaks and cattle closer to home.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Good Old Number 5

At 16 years of age, she's still going strong. Here's her 2012 baby!

Click here to read a bit about her and see some photos of past babies.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Slow Cooker Yak-Cross Beef Stew

2 lb. Springridge Ranch yak-cross beef round steak, cubed

Mix together:
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika

Sprinkle the flour mixture over the meat and toss to coat

Add 1-1/2 cups beef broth

1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp minced garlic

3 medium potatoes, cubed
4 carrots, sliced
1/2 onion, chopped
1 stalk of celery, diced

Mix it all together:

Cook for 4-6 hours on low.