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Getting bodily fluids from a 700 lb pig and other cool farm stuff

Getting bodily fluids from a 700 lb pig and other cool farm stuff Getting bodily fluids from a 700 lb pig Here at BOTL Farm, we’ve done lots of weird medical stuff to our animals over the years (when necessary, not recreationally). Right now, we’re working closely with our vets to try and diagnose a breeding issue we’re having in some

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A surprise visit and ‘soupy’ back in stock

A surprise visit and ‘soupy’ back in stock Surprise visit from Lady Farmer Here at BOTL Farm, our farming mentor is also referred to as ‘Lady Farmer,’ for reasons we don’t totally remember. We volunteered on her livestock farm in New Jersey before we knew we ever wanted to farm. She patiently put up with our questions, opinions, requests,

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Tiny dinosaurs, dragon dip, and other farm updates!

Tiny dinosaurs, dragon dip, and other farm updates! Winter is the new spring: chicks are ordered Here at BOTL Farm, we propose that winter is the new spring. Most people think spring is the time to get chicks, probably because that’s when farm stores have the little peepers peeping away in metal troughs. As serious farmers,

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A matriarch retires and other farm updates

A matriarch retires and other farm updates A matriarch retires Here at BOTL Farm, back when we were young and naive, we never intended to raise sheep. When we were in the beginning stages of putting together our thoughts and money to buy a farm, we wrote a 35-page business plan and it had zero mentions of sheep. Luckily,

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Our new sausage and farming in Crocs?

Our new sausage and farming in Crocs? Farmers need software, too Here at BOTL Farm, we imagine our days as farmers will be filled with caring for happy animals; fixing fences; and watching goats attempting ridiculous things, like teaching their kids to climb at three days old, while the sheep watch in disgust. As our farm has gotten better established

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New Goatlets (or is it goatlettes?)

New Goatlets (or is it goatlettes?) New Goatlets (or is it goatlettes?) Okay, they’re technically called goat kids. Anyways, have we mentioned that here at BOTL Farm, we have plans? One of our plans is our “birthing plan.” Our sheep and goats typically breed in the fall so they birth in early spring. This gives

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New farm store/hours: Visit our updated space and see what’s new!

New farm store/hours: Visit our updated space and see what’s new! Sheep and goats go for a walkabout Here at BOTL Farm, we have plans. Lots of plans. Among our many plans is one called a “grazing plan.” We rotationally graze all our animals which, briefly, means they graze a portion of land for a short

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Farm Labor Arrives, Farm Hacks, Winter CSA, and More!

Farm Labor Arrives, Farm Hacks, Winter CSA, and More! Farm labor arrives Farmers have been farming since the end of the nomadic era, since someone discovered it may be slightly easier than hunting and gathering. Although raising livestock involves less risk of personal physical injury than chasing a wooly mammoth with an atlatl, farming still requires a lot of

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