Saturday, August 30, 2014

Peppermint Foot Scrub

Tired, achy feet?  Wishing for a foot massage? 
This Peppermint Foot Scrub is easy to make and will
 refresh and moisturize your feet in an instant!  

Peppermint Foot Scrub from One Ash Farm Recipes

3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup olive oil
20 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (buy it here)
7 drops Lavender or Rosemary Essential Oil

Stir the sugar and the oil together.
Stir the essential oils into the mixture.
Pour into a container of your choice (a jar maybe?)
Mix prior to using, as the oil will tend to separate.

Use this to scrub your feet as desired, rinsing with cool water after 
scrubbing, to keep them soft and refreshed!

This makes a great Christmas gift!

Friday, August 29, 2014

House Cleaning

Over the next several weeks, you will start seeing us refer to ourselves as "One Ash Farm and Dairy" more, instead of "One Ash Plantation". We are also calling the blog "One Ash Farm and Dairy Homestead", instead of "One Ash Plantation Homestead". Don't worry, the url of this blog is not changing, so it won't mess up your bookmarks! Don't fret, though. It's still us!

If you are in our area (Ridge Spring, SC) and are looking for a local farm to get your raw milk from, we can supply you! Our prices are $6/gallon. We also sell breads and eggs. You can visit our farm website here for all the details, including how to contact us.

Remember, if you have a family cow and need some supplies, you can always check out our store for everything you need! (click here)

Tips & Tricks- Taming Cooler and Appliance Odor

 If you have ever closed up a cooler, freezer, or fridge when they aren't in use, you are familiar with the odor and moisture that can gather. Sprinkling baking soda on
 the bottom is an easy trick to keep away the nasty odor that can develop 
while they are closed up.  But cleaning out that baking soda can
be a chore when you are ready to use the item again.  
This tip can help make clean up faster and still keep 
your appliance or cooler odor free~

Place a small towel (hand towel size is perfect) flat on the 
bottom of your cooler, freezer or fridge.  
Sprinkle baking soda heavily on the towel, keeping it 
away from the edges of the towel.
When it's time to use your appliance or cooler, carefully fold up
the edges of the towel and remove it and all of the 
baking soda in one quick move!  

I hope this makes things easier!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

I'm thrilled to have the chance to share this amazing compilation with our readers!
 I know many of you are striving to eat healthier, live a healthier lifestyle, and make better choices about your well being and the well being of your family.  Searching online for ideas and advice on Healthy Living can be fun, but also time consuming.  

This bundle of e-books, e-courses and bonuses combines the expertise of a group of the top natural and healthy living authors in a "best of" bundle to help you
 take charge of your health and life style. One of my favorite items in the bundle is the Essential Oils & Natural Health E-Course by Jessie Hawkins from Vintage Remedies (the school where I am studying Advanced Botanical Medicine).  
This course alone has a value of $95.  And there is a full range of books and courses on a bunch of other subjects, making this a tremendous library for healthy living.

The bundle, which is ready for pre-buy now, will be available only for a short time,
 so click on the picture, or here, to read more about the

~this post contains affilitate links~

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Taking Care of Calves

If you have a dairy cow (or cows), chances are you have more milk than you know what to do with. If this is the case, you might consider bottle feeding calves. Before you go get that first calf, though, here is a list of things you want to consider.
1. Bull or Heifer?

First off, you need to decide if you want a bull or a heifer. To make the choice, you can ask yourself this question: "what do you want to do with the calf?" If you're answer is to raise it for meat, you'd probably want to buy a bull (and subsequently steer it). If you want to breed and raise a herd, you'd probably want a heifer. Keep in mind that heifers are oftentimes much more expensive than bulls, depending on the breed. If you decide to get a bull to raise for meat, you can see if the owner will band him for you if you don't feel comfortable doing so when you get home.

2. What breed?

Dairy breeds, such as Holsteins and Jerseys, are often much less expensive than beef breeds such as Angus' and Black Baldy's. However, if you want to raise your calf for meat, many people will tell you to go with a beef breed. This will require some research on your part on the different breeds and what they are used for. Try asking around and/or going off by what is available in your area.

Once you have picked your calf, look at these things:

1. Did the calf get colostrum?

Colostrum is the first milk that the cow will produce after birth of her calf. Since calves are born with very little immunity to disease, ingesting the colostrum is vital to helping them fight off whatever may come. The calf needs as much colostrum as it can get within the first 24 hours of life. The longer it takes to get colostrum, the less it will be able to absorb. This is a good resource that helps explain how you should store and feed colostrum.

2. Check their behind.

Scours (diarrhea) in calves is very common. Chances are, your calf will probably have it sometime during their growing stage. However, I would recommend not getting a calf with scours to begin with. If you can't actually stand and watch them poop, check their behind. A common sign would be poop residue on their tail/back legs.

3. Do they act hungry?

Some of the best advice I ever got was "a hungry calf is a healthy calf". If you see a calf that doesn't want to get up (acts weak) and doesn't act hungry, he/she may be getting sick. Before you check this, though, make sure they haven't eaten recently! Calves sleep A LOT in their first weeks of life (just like babies!), so you could misinterpret them being weak/not hungry for being full and sleepy.

4. Facilities.

There are lots of ways you can house a calf. One of the most popular ways on large dairies are huts with a run in so they can go from the shade to the sun. We do anywhere from 1 to 10 calves at a time and they are all together in a pen that's fairly big. They have a tree to keep them shaded and a run in for storms/rain. They love to run and bounce along with each other.

If you plan on keeping the calf for meat, the facilities that work for a small calf will not work for an older cow. You will want to make sure you have a big enough field for your calf to go into once he is weaned.

5. Supplies
As for supplies, you will need a bottle. If you are doing more than one, you may consider a Milk Bar. You will also need a place to store your milk or formula, a sink to wash your bottles in, whatever detergent you want to use to clean the bottles (we use bleach and/or Dawn) and a place for your bottles and nipples to be stored. (note: If you use bleach, make sure you rinse off the bottles/nipples/milk bar very well so none is left on that the calves can ingest)

6. Feeding
We usually feed our calves 2 qts (of raw milk) in the morning and 2 qts at night (1 gallon/day). However, we are currently trying a new method where we split the feeding into 3 times a day. We will let you know how it works out for us. When feeding milk replacer, you will want to follow the directions on the bag.

Once your done feeding them, you will want to clean out the bottles well (you'll want a bottle brush) to make sure that no mold or other milk scum/residue stay in the bottle. This can lead the calf to get sick.

Always make sure you have fresh water available for them! They might not start drinking it right away, but you want it to be there for them when they decide to drink. As for grain and hay, people have their different methods of when to start calves on it. We start offering free choice hay and grain at about 2 weeks old. We feed them a good quality Coastal hay and feed that we get from our local mill that is meant for calves.

7. Treatments
If your calf does experience scours or other sickness, you want to make sure you have medicines on hand. Every second counts when you're dealing with them and you have a higher chance to help them the faster you catch and treat. We use Resorb Scour Treatment, which works well for calves that are experiencing dehydration due to scours. What works well for us might not work well for you, so always consult a licensed professional (veterinarian) if you have questions on what kind of medicines to use.

There you have it- the basics of taking care of calves. We plan on doing some videos on bottle feeding and some more informative blogs covering specific topics on calf rearing in the coming weeks.

Don't forget to check out One Ash Farm and Dairy Supply Company for all of your calf feeding needs.

Have more questions on calves? Have stuff to add? Comment below and let us know.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fall Is On The Way!

It's hard to believe it when the temperatures and humidity are still soaring, and the South feels like a hot, dog-days, steam bath, but Fall is on the way! Even this bright crepe myrtle can't resist showing off one of it's bright orange leaves as it starts to turn.  How will you enjoy fall on your homestead?  We will be sharing lots of fall pictures and ideas, so be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to keep up!

Tips & Tricks- Easy DIY Label Remover

 If you have been following the blog, then you know by know that
I am addicted to jars.  It's always fun to find a new, glass jar that
can be recycled into a useful container, a gift, or a vase.  The only
tricky part is that stubborn label that has to come off.  
Use this super easy trick to remove labels from glass jars easily!

DIY Label Remover
Prepare the jar by peeling off the printed portion of the label,
leaving only the glued on, paper part. Then follow these easy steps-

1) Pour some baking soda in a bowl (about 1/4 cup for a small jar)
2) Add enough vegetable oil to make a soft paste (a tablespoon or a little more)
3) With a sponge or cloth, gently rub the paste onto the 
remaining label paper. Let it sit for a few seconds to soak in.
4) Rub the label paper with the sponge or cloth until it comes off.  
5) Wash and Rinse

Hope this helps make things easier for you around the homestead!