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SlowMoneyFarm A to Z – Border Collies, Buckeyes, Bunnies, Books

April 15, 2015

As we continue the alphabet version of SlowMoneyFarm, today’s stop includes four new – or not so new – things. Buckle up for a bus ride as we charter through the B.

April on Joe, me and Jerry, taken at the Bureau county fairgrounds 4-H fair.

April on Joe, me and Jerry, taken at the Bureau county fairgrounds 4-H fair.

Border Collies have been a fixture in my life since Jerry walked up when I was barely in kindergarten. Sometimes one, sometimes several but there has been perhaps a year out of 45 that there hasn’t been a border collie in the household. Jerry, Duke, Luke, Jake, Gael, Freckles, Fly, Eine, Abby, Bess, and many more. Missy is Gael’s granddaughter, out of Freckles. Belle joined us not too long ago and has settled in well. Some have more herding talent than others, each one has their quirks that are maddening at times and charming in others. I’ve long said border collies need a job – without one they will find something and you probably won’t like it. They can be creative. Jerry was somewhat a legend in his own right as my near constant shadow. Gael was also many years later. Belle has figured how to open the front door if I go out without her being in her crate. I’ll continue to have a border collie or two around as long as I’m able. It’s as natural as breathing.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABuckeyes are, in our case, a type of heirloom chicken. Deep red in color, they have the distinction of being developed by a woman. Although we are down to a couple of hens and need new blood this year, the Buckeyes are a calm, personal breed that lay plenty of brown eggs. Originating in Ohio, which is the source of their name, the Buckeye is considered threatened status with the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. This classification is determined, in part, with fewer than 1,000 breeding birds in the United States, with seven or fewer primary breeding flocks, and estimated global population less than 5,000. Additionally the ALBC focuses on those breeds that breed true (not hybrids) and that have been maintained since 1925. The Buckeye has a long history, indeed.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABunnies are a given, with show and meat rabbits. We breed with a purpose, with intentional, planned crosses to develop our own lines of meat rabbits. While our purebred lines are treasured for the same reasons old breeds of poultry are, the use of Giant Chinchilla, Silver Fox, Champagne D’Argent and New Zealand figure in prominently. Good mamas having and raising good sized litters that grow to be long, well muscled *meat* rabbits is goal. Development for meat and fur is the backbone of several purebred rabbits, and this continues with a practical function in producing meat.

Books are important. Not only the ebooks we have available to help finance projects here, but the ongoing learning from books is also a big thing, and sharing some of those books on the blog. From not only factual how to books to things like Brendon Burchard’s Motivation Manifesto. Books have long been a way to escape, to learn, to ‘visit’ other areas and times that we cannot otherwise do. Like many, I was transported to another world with the Black Stallion series, Little Black and Billy and Blaze books in school.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABooks are a way to learn history, if only from the perspective of those living it. Through books I was transported to Iraq, Afghanistan, England, Australia and America in the 1700s. Through books I learned about Man O’War and coonhounds (Where the Red Fern Grows) and the Alaskan Iditerod. I’m waiting to catch up on my ‘serious reading’ to ride along with Eclipse, the horse that changed horse racing forever and one of the founders of the Thoroughbred breed. I’ll relive Personal Ensign, Genuine Risk, Cigar and Smarty Jones. Some of us never outgrow horse stories! These days, my reading list can also consist of Jimmy Wayne’s awesome book Walk to Beautiful, Kim Cross’ “What Stands in a Storm” and The Pocket Man. I’ll be learning about Spelt, Lesser Beasts (pigs), Persuasive Copywriting and Leading Women. Reading time is never boring!

Learning need not stop with graduation. Keep learning…learn something new this spring and summer. The only thing stopping you is you!

Whatever will C bring? And D? You’ll have to stop back!

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