About White House Stables

Fast Horses - Slow Food. Farmer with a passion for breeding fast thoroughbred horses, jersey cows, rare breed pigs and heritage chickens. Trying to take care of the environment and working at that now to ensure my children and grandkids have a habitable planet.

Fall is here

It’s been harvest time on the farm, starting with the thoroughbred sale in September where we send our yearlings to start the next phase of their life. IMG_9829Not the best of sales for us, more of a buyers market, but we had 5 lovely horses that I’m sure will do us proud on the racetrack, as it seemed they all found brilliant homes.

Stanley with Robert his new owner

Stanley with Robert his new owner

On returning home we weaned Sarah Schwarzenegger, Mascaretta is acting as grandma, and now we’re waiting for the right moment to wean Picasso, who is getting quite independent.

Next up were the turkeys who provided many great Thanksgiving turkey dinners, there are a few left in our freezers for anyone thinking ahead to Christmas. All our young pullets sold and it will be next spring before we have more young birds for sale. The farm saw a big hatching amongst our own chickens and ducks,IMG_9779 of special importance was Annie the naked neck chicken, hatching 7 babies at the regal age of 9!!! IMG_3621 Unfortunately the ravens are causing us a lot of grief, stealing eggs out of the laying boxes in the hen house and a high rate of attrition amongst the chicks. Annie only has 3 babies left! Hawks are also a possible cause with the chicks.IMG_3600

In the meantime we have been madly harvesting apples from the orchard, and all sorts of veg from the many gardens. The heritage tomatoes are fabulous as are the Egg plants [aubergines] IMG_3611Hard to keep up with everything so we are looking to reduce the work load. We have sold Silke & Sadie, our 2 pregnant pigs. Sarah will remain whilst we see if she’s still fertile. Also looking for special homes for our beautiful jersey cows, Bella,IMG_9138 Zenyatta and Patsy. We love the milk but it’s time to change direction slightly, and that’s not possible with all these animals around.

In the feed store we now have a full line of Non GMO poultry feeds, Pro Forms Natural Harvest line, from 26% turkey starter to 15% finisher  made from proteins all sourced in N America, that went into production in September, something that we and are customers are very happy about. The certified Organic feed is incredibly expensive and some of the inputs are coming from as far away as China and India, which doesn’t make sense to me.

The Washington hay supply is coming in regularly and we are seeing lovely low sugar on our hay tests, the quality is great this year, We just unloaded 35 tons of 3 string timothy that average only 17 bales to a ton [you figure out how heavy each bale is!!! so I think I’ll go soak in a bath with epsom salts!

 

April in action at White House Stables farm

We have a very busy month with twice daily milking of Bella, our beautiful Jersey.Daily  handling of our lovely Second In Command foal, Sarah who had to graduate to the next size up halter, she is growing so big! Her mum Serengeti Sunrise, had her 2nd ultrasound exam to confirm her pregnancy on Thursday, a heart beat is seen at 30 days, amazing. Precious is looking enormous with just over a month to go before her expected foaling. We will be picking up our 3 mares from  Roads End Farm on my return from Toronto, for the Canadian sovereign awards, April 11th. I’m looking forward to see how racing & breeding in the biggest jurisdiction in Canada  compares with what is going on here in BC and of course on our farm here on Vancouver Island.

Watching various feathered birds sitting on eggs, having seen the first clutch of ducklings through it’s first vulnerable couple of weeks. 400 Chicks arrive on April 27th for sale to our customers, both layers and meat types.

Patsy the heifer calf is racing around her mother, Zenyatta, thriving on all that great milk being produced and reminding us of how Zenyatta earned her name, calves can run very Fast! Talking of running fast, Hello Frankie runs today at Santa Anita, and Hollywood Miss is expected to run in the opening day stake at Hastings. Andallthatitmeans has been working steadily at Golden Gate for his return to the races, we’re waiting to see where he will be entered….

Food from grass

Food from grass

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White House Stables 2014 foals

On a very beautiful warm, still evening at 2am on Feb 2nd Serengeti foaled a beautiful healthy filly. We’ve called her Sarah, in honour of Sarah Hughes a young friend and volunteer who was here that night to witness the magic. It also seems to fit in an “S” theme, Mum Serengeti, Stanley, last years colt and his full sister Sarah….

Nature is amazing equipping these early foals with wooly fur coats to cope with the vagaries of February weather. Mum fed her well in utero too, as she looks to have a great layer of fat covering that little body.

Sarah, 12 hours old

Sarah, 12 hours old

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2014, Whats new on the farm

We have sourced a fabulous line of portable panels that compliment our unique range of quality products. These panels are strongly made and priced very well,  from under $100 to over $200 a panel depending on the weight of steel used and length of panel. Portable panels allow you piece of mind when keeping livestock away from trouble, and you can adapt to the changes made as animal populations change in species, size and temperament over the years. A 50ft round pen with 15 ten foot panels and a ride through 6 foot gate will cost you only $1800.00, mesh  10 foot panelsRide through gate8 foot panel construction of panels

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At some times of the year you’ll actually be able to keep up to date on the daily farm happenings, especially when it’s dark in the evenings!!!!

 

Our new hours are 9 – 5 Friday and Saturday and 11 – 4 on Sundays

Weekdays by appointment, Call ahead 250 656 8701. or by chance.

We really appreciate all of our loyal customers who have been able to adjust to the new regime, we have been able to keep on top of the many aspects of the farm, whilst being your local feed store and supplier of farm fresh food on weekends.