Dairy Couple Blog

Photo blog for Venison Valley Farm & Creamery

Baby Belle has joined the farmily

Baby Belle was born to our cow Jingle on Saturday, December 26th. She is the first heifer born at Venison Valley! Her sire is Uvray, a registered Normande. 

This was the first time that I've had to intervene in a calving. Jingle just didn't have enough to push the head and shoulders through. Uvray is not a 'calving ease' bull, apparently! With a helper pulling each leg, we were able to help Belle through during a few consecutive contractions. The good news is that both calf and momma are healthy.


Tiny house progress

Pictures will say much more than I can. We are on our way! 

Where we started.

Where we started.

Adding the sheet metal pan. This was hard.

Adding the sheet metal pan. This was hard.

Insulating our floor.

Insulating our floor.

The deck ready for action.

The deck ready for action.

Frame going up

Frame going up

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Sheathing in progress.

Sheathing in progress.

Our sheathing done.

Our sheathing done.

Our roof underlayment.

Our roof underlayment.

Onto roofing and siding now...

Labor of Love

You can bid on one of our cheese classes for Vashon's Labor of Love Auction in support of Vashon Community Care. Bidding is open until March 11th, though, our class is already up to $120! Get in the bidding now! If you win, you can join us at any of our future cheese classes. Check it out on the Learning Page.

Speaking of future cheese classes, we have set a class for March 28th. Spring is a truly magnificent time here at Venison Valley. We are so lucky to have the perfect setting to enjoy eating and learning your way through a Saturday. Please join us!

 

Signs of Spring

Peepers are peeping and the cows are gazing over their fences ready to pounce on the rapidly growing grass. We are ready to pounce, too. We are turning over the garden, planting an orchard, planning pasture rotations, preparing for pigs, excitedly awaiting our chicks, and generally coming out of what little hibernation we were afforded this winter.

Plenty more photos to come. We are also planning on announcing spring cheese classes in the next week or so.