A brief update on life. The Protestant’s Dilemma, published by Catholic Answers, has been sent to the printer and will be coming out near the end of this month or the first of March! It’s been a long-time coming, and I eagerly await its release. Much more on the book to follow in a month or so when it is available.
A week ago, we bought four more cows for our farm. But then one of them died a few days ago. So we currently have six cows with one on the way soon. I didn’t grow up as a farmer or rancher, so the learning curve has been steep. I’m still getting all my infrastructure in place to manage the cows, which makes it even more challenging.
But the good news is that the rotational grazing system is working wonderfully. I move the cows to fresh grass every few days, feed hay as needed, all is well. Our goal is to raise grass-fed beef for ourselves and for friends.
I also built a fodder system to raise super-nutritious supplemental feed for the cows. You put seeds in trays, soak them in water a few times per day so that they sprout, and then at day seven of their growth you feed them to the animals. Ours is setup to produce about thirty-five pounds per day. We are sprouting barley seeds right now but you can also do wheat and other grains/grasses/legumes.
Our farm truck broke down with a kaput engine on the way to get the cows. Bad news. So I’ve been trying to figure out how I can buy a decent used engine at a salvage yard and replace the defunct engine. This is all new to me, but we’ve met some great friends who are very helpful and knowledgeable. Several have gone out of their way to help us, seeing that I don’t really know what I’m doing with the farming stuff. Three cheers for helpful country folk!
I rarely write about it publicly, but many of you know that I make my living, not off the farm or writing about Catholic topics, but from software development. I’ve worked at the same company for thirteen years, and recently I changed my development methodology, which has breathed some fresh air into what can otherwise become a hum-drum routine of programming.
Life Full Throttle
So life is running full throttle. We are putting down roots here in central Texas, and it feels great. I’m excited about the new book coming, about our farm, about the abundant life our Lord has given us. Oh yes, one other thing: in about a month, God willing, I’ll be on The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi! Blessings to y’all.