Have you ever seen birds perched on top of a horse or a cow and wondered why the unlikely pairs were together? I have. It turns out that it’s a mutually beneficial relationship, with the birds, most often Cattle Egrets, feasting on the bugs that Pester the livestock. It’s a win win situation, especially for the photographer.
Help! We could lose up to $10,000 if we don't reach out to our supporters today!
New Life Animal Sanctuary in Lake Elsinore, California is one of only two animal sanctuaries in the country to focus its mission on providing lifetime care for animals who have been saved from animal testing laboratories, and the only one to house mice and rats. In addition to our tiny rodent friends, we are home to dozens of rabbits, cats, pigs, chickens, cows, llamas, donkeys, and others who have been victims of exploitation.
Last week, we had quite a scare. The massive Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest was swiftly moving toward the sanctuary. Many homes in Lake Elsinore were under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, and we feared we would have to move well over 100 animals out of harm's way. While we do have an evacuation plan, when we have to divert money toward an evacuation or emergency, it comes from the fund that we use to provide food, bedding, vet care, and enrichment for our animals. We can't let one emergency wipe out our operating fund.
We got lucky last week. We contacted our volunteers and asked them to be ready the following morning to evacuate, but overnight, the fire began to move away. Even though we'd already incurred some expense, at least we didn't have to evacuate. We are in a fire-prone area, and next time we may not be so lucky. There are also any number of other circumstances where an emergency fund could save lives - too many to list here.
Three generous donors have pledged to provide up to $10,000 if we can match it with donations from our supporters by August 31st. We will lose anything we can't match. So if you donate $10, we get $20. Your $50 is $100 to us, and so on. Those funds would go a long way toward helping us replenish our general fund and provide an extra layer of security in case of emergency.
Will you help us help the animals? We'd be so grateful! Use link in bio to donate!
First day at our local fair! 😍 Addie was in the kiddie parade. It rained the first part and she loved it! We then followed the night up with rides and a healthy dinner, lol! 😂 Poor Kellan had practice but hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate for his turn tomorrow!
That moment when Dash the pony recognisers me...in the fourth photo he starts to run ❤️. And would you check out those cheeky Pukeko’s, they look like they are part of the farm but they are wild 😁. This is at my daughters day care. #farmanimals#animals#pony#pukeko
Dropped off some hand-painted herbs on glass at @beechhillfarm earlier today, which will be on display in their retail shop area 🐄🐖 If you're in the New Hampshire area, go check out their corn mazes, farm animals, crafts and local products, plant and garden shop, and ice cream barn! 🍦
DLGO E9 “Pictured at 10 months and 7 days old”
79lb Actual BW
713lb ADJ 205- Day Weight
E9 is sired by New Horizon and out of a Lazy TV Beech Jet daughter. *All bulls will be DNA tested along with Genomic Enhanced EPDs before being sold as yearlings. *Bulls will not be priced until being graded out as yearlings and testing is completed.
New babies hatched early this morning in the hen-house!! 🐣 Nadia and my mom made up the nesting ‘apartment’ in the coop for our hen who insisted on going broody (even tho we just bought and raised 4 new chicks this spring 🤣). Nadia marked the days off on the calendar and she’s been waiting for the ‘due date’ which is today! When you have access to a developed flock like ours and you’ve been raising chickens for a few years, you get to know the ins and outs of chicken raising. Chicks hatch in 3 weeks. Now they’ll need a little water container and chick starter which is the food they eat. That’s pretty much all you have to do when you have a hen to do the rest! At first we bought our chicks, then we hatched some and declared we would NEVER buy again when the chickens can do such a better job raising them! We did end up buying more chicks tho since we need variations in the flock to cut down on potential inbred problems. This little chick will probably lay olive colored eggs, maybe blue and possibly light brown but probably olive due to the mix of hen and rooster. When your kids get a chance to raise farm animals, it brings a whole new awareness and connection to life and the food they eat. My girl isn’t squeamish about dirt or bugs, she gets right in there with her sleeves rolled up, always ready to help! 😊💕 #newbabies#chicks#chickees#urbanfarming#backyardchickens#raiseyourown#waldorf#waldorfish#farmingblock#eclectichomeschoolers#homeschoolers#science#animalhusbandry#farmanimals#farmgirl#LittleFamOntheHillstead#waldorfhomeschool
My GrandNephews Caleb and Levi gave us the Royal tour of the Family farm and the well cared for animals. We didn't have a chance to see the Pasture raised, grass fed cows. What a treat for us to enjoy such a tranquil time out in such peaceful surroundings. I love the country. #farms#animaks#countryside#farmanimals#farming
In Nature, everything supports and feeds off of one another. There is no waste, only relationships. It’s a system, an endless web of life and connections. Organic farms know the strength of this system and actively cultivate it, by inviting Nature onto the farm and seeing the farm as a part of the overall ecology of the place.
This episode is about connections between animals, soil, and trees, and what one expert has discovered. The system is called Silvopasture.
Click on link in bio to hear our conversation with Steve Gabriel, Author of “Silvopasture: A Guide to Managing Grazing Animals, Forage Crops, and Trees in a Temperate Farm Ecosystem.”