Cold Bumble Bee

Cold Bumble Bee

This is not the weather for bumble bees as they’re bumbling more than usual. This lady was hanging out on a flower and fell off. I turned her over and put her in a sunny spot so she could warm up. A few minutes later she walked around and then flew off to do her busy bee stuff.

We have had multiple days of snow. One was a two inch snow storm. All have melted and it’s looking like this coming week will be warm again. Halloween’s coming. We never know if it will be warm or deep snow. I’m hoping for a continued warm fall right up to December 1st as we have a long list of winter prep chores.

Winter hay has started arriving. They are like giant marshmallows stacked in the yard. We got the road landing cleared off just in time. It’s always nice to get that in for the year.

In today’s local newspaper, the Times Argus, there was a nice little write up and photo essay about our farm and our new butcher shop.

This week we did our second cutting of meat here in our on-farm butcher shop. The next day I made six batches of sausage. Its going well. A little smoother. A little faster. We’re ramping up slowly and carefully. A soft start. I like to get things right before I take on too much.

Outdoors: 46°F/21°F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 64°F/57°F

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3 Responses to Cold Bumble Bee

  1. Eric Hagen says:

    With the onset of fall I’ve been noticing more rooting. Do you ever see that? In a week’s time it seemed like they switched over from grazing to rooting half a paddock as soon as they got let in. Also, when do you make the decision to move to permanent winter paddocks? Do you become less concerned about parasites with lower temperatures?

    • Correct, as the temperatures get colder parasites become less of an issue. At this point insects and their ilk have pretty much died off and retreated for the winter due to the cold temperatures so there isn’t reinfection. Some people in warmer climates like down south or warm wet climates like western Washington state have more of a problem with parasites right through the winter as it doesn’t get cold enough to deal with them. This is one of those things you have to adapt to your climate, your local conditions. This is why one form of rotational grazing might work in one place but not so well in another such as having fixed feed and water stations.

      We move to winter paddocks as the snows cover. It could be any time from now to mid-December depending on the weather that fall. As we move into November it tends to be wetter so we move off of some soils which are more fragile. Most of our land is gravelly and does well even in wet times. The slope helps.

      You might be seeing more rooting due to forages becoming less available or due to the ground becoming softer with fall rains. See the article Root Less in Vermont for some thoughts on rooting.

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