Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 16

will signal an approaching end to the season. By then, he hopes
to have produced 8,000 gallons of syrup, all of which is sold to
Butternut Mountain Farm in Morrisville, Vermont. After a summer
break, the cycle will begin again.
"We need a lot of time to get out in the woods," Neal says. "My
brother wants to get out there in the early fall, before deer season,
to check all the lines. If a tree came down on one, we want to get it
picked up, we don't want it to get frozen."
To take best advantage of both the dairy and maple-sugaring ends
of its business, Pine Valley employs a seasonal schedule to maximize the time that can be devoted to each, and Neal says his relationship with Phoenix Feeds fits easily into that model as well.
"I haven't had anybody else since they've been in business, and
I went after them. We're a small farm and don't really push the
cows, but I needed some changes in my feed and the other place
wouldn't return my calls."
With a nutrition plan in place, Neal can take his own samples
and send them to Phoenix Dairy Nutrition Specialist Shane Keady.
"He'll get right back to me. He'll come when I need him to, but
we do a lot of tweaking that way, through email communications."
To free up time during the sugaring season, the farm does all its
breeding from November to the first of the year. "So right now,
we're just milking and they're beyond 200 days. They aren't mak16

Perspectives Magazine

phoenixfeeds.net

ing a lot. We'll get a few calves in August and the bulk of them in
September."
And when the calves arrive, Julanne will be ready for them. After
49 years, she is still in charge of birthing and raising the calves
until they are weaned, and they are all within easy reach.
"It's all right outside my back door," she says. "I've got little pens
here, there and everywhere, and one big pen where those calves
can just run, hellitty-toot. The best thing in the world for them.
I don't see how people can raise calves all hitched in. I let mine
RUN. I go out at nine o'clock at night to check everybody. Then I
take a nap and at two or three in the morning I'm out there checking and feeding them."
Along with raising the calves, she continues to do the books for
the farm, while remaining active in local volunteer work. She
serves as a member and registrar of the Daughters of the American
Revolution, and is a participating member in other organizations
such as New England Women, and the Daughters of Founders and
Patriots of America.
She also makes lunch for her farm boys-seven days a week-
and still has a bit of time left to dig farther into the roots of Nehemiah Smith and his forebears.
"I haven't found a Mayflower line yet," she says, with a glint in
her eye. "I'm still looking."


http://www.phoenixfeeds.net

Perspectives - Spring 2018

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Perspectives - Spring 2018

Contents
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - Cover1
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - Cover2
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - Contents
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 4
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 5
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 6
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 7
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 8
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 9
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 10
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 11
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 12
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 13
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 14
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 15
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 16
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 17
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 18
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 19
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 20
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 21
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 22
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 23
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 24
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 25
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 26
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 27
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 28
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 29
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 30
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 31
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 32
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 33
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 34
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 35
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 36
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 37
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 38
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 39
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 40
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 41
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 42
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 43
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 44
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 45
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - 46
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - Cover3
Perspectives - Spring 2018 - Cover4
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2018fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2018summer
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2018spring
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2018winter
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2017fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2017summer
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2017spring
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2017winter
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2016fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2016summer
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2016spring
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2016winter
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2015fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2015summer
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2015spring
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2015winter
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2014fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/retromotion/perspectives_2014summer
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com