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Painted Hand Farm is a 20 acre Civil War era farm located in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania. We raise meat goats, veal calves, turkeys and organic vegetables using humane and sustainable agricultural practices.

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Friday, December 07, 2007

The First Snow of the Season

The snow arrived on the heels of our first really cold snap. Although it was only a few inches, it started on the morning I had a dentist appointment nearly 40 miles away. Equally disappointing was the fact that my studded snow tires were in the back of the truck with plans to stop by the tire shop on the way home and have them installed along with a new set for the front. So I slid precariously down the road hoping not to hit anything.
The 'Cash Crop'. These meaty boys are going to make for some tasty Eid celebrations.

Andy is settling in to the routine of the farm. "Hey, let's get out the sleigh!" Jess took him out for a ride the other day. It was so heart-warming to see them both amble down the road together. The ol' boy had a spring in his step as if to say, "Look at me now."
Emma's udder is healing nicely since the mass that once was her front quarter fell off. Major yuck! The hind quarter on the bad side is toast for this freshening as well, but yesterday she yielded 26 pounds of milk (3 1/4 gallons) out of half an udder. Because we used Penicillin to get rid of the infection, we're still not drinking the milk. The withdraw time on the bottle says 48 hours, but I'm going to give it a week. I'm really looking forward to having homemade butter for baking Christmas cookies.
Despite her huge udder, Emma still kicks up her heels and gets frisky in the snow.


  1. I think Emma's going to have a spectacular holiday season, while Andy seems to be saying, "This year, no goat butts in the Christmas photo, please."

  2. I love the phote of the old tractor. Emma does look much better.