News and blog
It's hard to believe it is 2013 already! We are excited to be starting our lambing and kidding very soon. The cows are at the end of their lactation and ready for their rest in the dry-off period. Jim is also ready for a break from milking! We are hoping again this year to have a good supply of beef, lamb, goat, and a limited supply of pork available so please contaact us early if you think you will be interested. The webmaster (Anne) hasn't updated the site in a while but one of her goals for this year is to update at least monthly if not weekly. Until next time, Happy New Year to all of our friends and customers!
The Phillips girls took 6 does to the Erie County fair in Hamburg, NY this past weekend and had not only a great show, but a great time at the fair. What impressed us the most was the cleanliness of the fairgrounds and newness of the animal barns. We enjoyed all the sights and food that the fair had to offer. The ABGA sanctioned show was judged by South African native Anton Ward (who now resides in the US.). All the does from T3L did very well and we were happy with how they placed. T3L Hubba Bubba, a percentage doe, got first place in the 6-9 month class and reserve champion junior percentage doe. T3L Ellie got second place in that same class. T3L Marina and Lookin Lovely took 3rd and 4th in the 6-9 month fullblood doe class. T3L Lily got first place in the fullblood 16-20 month class. T3L Kerri got first place in the 24-36 month fullblood doe class and went on to win reserve champion senior fullblood doe, and also got fourth in the bred by exhibitor class. We are already looking forward to returning next year and highly encourage everyone to check it out for themselves!
Triple 3 Livestock did a respectable job with our bred and owned animals at the latest American Boer Goat Association show in Syracuse, NY this past weekend. Our does brought home two 2nd place, four 3rd, two 4th, two 5th, and the wethers brought 3rd, 4th, and 6th place and also won $80 total. The competition gets tougher with each show, with goats coming from MA., CT., PA., WVA., and VA.
We will continue to use our herd buck sired by Status Quo for this fall's breeding and also use a few new sires via artificial insemination. Stay tuned!
After a surprise heifer calf was born in February, we should have been anxious to get this year's calving started. Unfortunately at that time, we weren't finished kidding or lambing yet, so who wants to deal with another species of baby! Fortunately the mama cow was thrilled to be able to keep her calf with her and the weather here has been mild, so mom and calf continued to live outside with the rest of the expectant moms. Fast forward to today and one doe (goat) and one ewe (sheep) still have to give birth, and we already have ten calves on the ground! So it goes again-long days in the barn, short nights of sleep, and the promise of green grass! Six to eight weeks and 120 pregnant cows can't get over with quick enough. Happy (seasonal) calving to us!
Kidding and lambing time has arrived at T3L! We are getting some really nice lambs from our new ram that we purchased last fall from A & B Dorsets in Newark, Ohio. He was not quite six months old when we put him in with our mature ewes in September but to our amazement, he got the job done! We are up to 35 lambs and still have 6 more to lamb out. We have gotten mostly ewe lambs, so we will be in short supply of meat this fall, but we should have some nice ewes to sell for breeding stock and 4H projects. Please contact us early if you are interested in either breeding stock or would like to be on our waiting list for fall meat.
Happy holidays to everyone! May you all be able to spend time with family and friends this holiday season. Just a quick thank you to everyone who has purchased animals and meat from us over the year.
Our kidding starts in a very short time, as in right after Christmas, and continues through January. The goat kids should just about all be born in time for our sheep to start lambing! Once we get through February and lambing and kidding, guess what? It's time for calving to start! Oh, but we're getting a little bit ahead of ourselves like we tend to do. For now we'll try to enjoy the family get togethers between now and New Years and worry about losing all the cookie pounds later!
Just a reminder- we are all out of pork, goat and lamb meat until late spring. We still have a good supply of ground beef and different cuts of steak. Let us know what you're interested in!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Wow! I don't know where all the summer went, Halloween is over, and we've already had our first snow fall here in central New York. It's been a few months since the website has been updated and boy, do I have alot of catching up to do! I will continue to post new pictures and update the pages, but in the mean time, we have some does and our herd sire for sale, so check out the Boer goat page and see what's available!
We ended our first breed sanctioned show on a pretty good note, at least for our herdsire. On the first day he was Reserve Champion Yearling buck under judge Eddie Holland from Texas. On the second day he was Champion Yearling buck under Florida judge Julie Brown.
Our Powerhouse daughter, T3L Lady Jane also did well, receiving Champion Fullblood yearling doe under Julie Brown. We will post pictures when we get a chance, as we are on our way to another ABGA show this Friday in Kearneysville, West Virginia!
The cows and sheep are on their full grass diet as the pastures have finally started growing. Now if only the rain would stop!
The chores are calling, so that's it for now!
It's hard to believe April is over so quickly and with May comes the start of our show season. Our first show will be May 14-15 at the Syracuse, NY fairgrounds. It is an ABGA sanctioned show and is free to attend. We will be showing somewhere between 12 and 15 animals, including our herd sire and wether projects.
Our calving season is over and although at the time it seemed like it would never end-it did end and was realitively uneventful this year. Unless you take all the rain and cold weather of course! We ended up with more heifer calves than bulls for once and are looking forward to seeing them out on the pasture grazing with their surrogate moms.
That's all for now-this week looks promising for lots of sunshine and temperatures above 60, which we desperately need to get the pastures to GROW!