I had already srarted ignoring them as a last hope but posted over […], My husband and I have just finished your book GAINING GROUND, it took us only 3 days. I have always found that the best use of my time is not fighting nature, but observing it so I can work with it instead. Ox. In other news, MK and I both just finished your book, and we loved it. !” Take my word for it: when a goat climbs onto your car and takes multiple craps on your roof, it can be truly exasperating. As always I loved this. They’re so spoiled. Well, on this day, the cows hadn’t finished eating the grass in their field. The pasture reminded me of a huge, all-night college party: replace the cow pies with beer cans, and you get the picture. The dumbest dog in the world is a poodle … You know, they were the dumbest birds…”, “Everyone says sheep are stupid, but have you ever watched a cow drooling and slobbering? What a concept! Thanks for sharing. We would have finished it sooner,but you know how farming is in may. “What’s the matter with them?” I asked myself, just like I had done for years. A vocal minority would have you believe that—when it … lol. I designed coops, fences and shelters based on my observations of how the animals naturally behaved. Answer. In the past, I would have forced them to remain in the field an extra day or two, making them eat around their own manure, grazing the grass down to its roots. Flies were now buzzing over top of the copious cow patties. Thank you for your videos and your posts, both are very informative. I didn’t see it coming, until the last moment. Anyway I think a goat is a perfect farm animal because you can milk and make cheese and make soap so I think it's a perfect pet to have on a farm. Pigs. But on this morning, by opening a gate, I also opened up my mind. My husband, Doug, is wanting to become a farmer. “My grandfather used to raise chickens. Cool man, thanks! And that’s when it occurred to me. To put it in proper perspective, let’s delve into the obscure: guinea hens, peafowl, burros and even rainbow trout. What a concept! View all articles by Forrest Pritchard ». 2011-12-08 01:13:39 2011 … I have been reading a lot lately about the power of opening our minds and changing our perspectives on, well, everything and this is a great example of it. Pigs. Forrest’s new book The Farmer In Your Kitchen: A Celebration Of Extraordinary Farms And Local Flavors is slated for release in Fall 2015, from the award-winning press The Experiment. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. All it took was walking a mile in my cow’s shoes… I mean, err… hooves. I notice sheep mostly tend to follow fence lines. Thanks for your insight. They come down for it … “My grandfather used to raise chickens. But to be a good farmer, I need to pay attention to what my animals are trying to tell me. You know, they were the dumbest birds…”, “Everyone says sheep are stupid, but have you ever watched a cow drooling and slobbering? I think they’re all smarter than we think- we’re just not hearing them. A+B at best. I designed coops, fences and shelters based on my observations of how the animals naturally behaved. Don’t let his sweet looks fool you: this guy really wants to poop on your car. Everyone in farming needs to be reminded of this from time to time. My kind of cooking and…, Hi Sal—- I would not recommend kitchen scraps because of legitimate risk…, Stay Cool with Liquid Health: Pho Base and Sipping Broth. But that doesn’t mean we can’t live a life of thoughtfulness and conscientiousness, and try to farm organically and sustainably with a balance of livestock and vegetation. I’m just as likely to be feeding a fluffy baby chick as I am loading a thousand pound steer on the trailer, or trimming the hooves of a thoroughly uncooperative two hundred pound ram. Care to get more specialized? Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Don’t get me wrong though… I don’t think I’ll ever be able to keep goats from pooping on my car. You might like nchen. His book Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm (Click HERE) was named a Top Read by The Washington Post and NPR. !” Take my word for it: when a goat climbs onto your car and takes multiple craps on your roof, it can be truly exasperating. Everyone’s heard the phrase “the grass is always greener on the other side,” right? Congratulations, Forrest! Any reason you don’t disbud those goats as kids? Cows. “What’s the matter with them?” I asked myself, just like I had done for years. What are the dumbest animals in Animal Farm? Turkeys and goats, rabbits and ducks. By Forrest Pritchard / December 29, 2014 / 4 Comments. Most importantly, if I’m ever going to be a great farmer, I need the wisdom to listen to what they’re saying. […] they cooperatively move to their shelter for me when the rain is coming. Observing the cattle and sheep on a wintry January morning.