“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Weekend Excitement

Recently, Becky (Hubbs' sister and our vet) sent us a video of one of the "new barn cats" she had acquired.    Here is a frame from that video...

Meet Opie - Opie the Opossum.

Amazingly, Opie took up residence in the loft of Becky's barn, sharing the heat-lamp heated quarters and its 24/7 food supply with Becky's family of barn cats (all strays that ended up moving in (and being subsequently neutered or spayed).  It was not unusual for her to find Opie and one or two of the cats on their way up or down the ladder to the loft... the cats seemingly oblivious to this unusual creature.

The trouble is... opossums carry a neurologic disease that can affect horses - Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM).  Saturday, they gently ushered Opie out of the barn, and Opie went running out onto the farm.  End of story?  Of course not.

Fast forward to Saturday night.  Hubbs and I were tucking everyone in for the evening - feeding and watering, picking up manure, and attending to Moonie's eye.  I mentioned to Hubbs that I had heard an awful lot of squawking coming from the hen houses.  We got into the gator and headed up to see what had the girls so riled up - only to find all of the hens...

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