I have the metal straps which will hold the bond beam down installed with a course of bag over them. The roof logs will be attached to the bond beam and the straps will prevent the roof from coming off in a major wind event. I also show the final course of foam insulation installed and talk about the method I've been using for "easing" the weight of the dirt onto the foam. I discuss the materials and methods for dealing with the vapor barrier. I show the excavation and the front yard taking shape and discuss the importance of having access to machinery.
I like to have my animals live a low stress life that allows them to, as much as possible, exhibit their unique "wild" qualities. I don't drive my animals to food or water, I lead them to it and take the time to show them where it is. These calves I got are the most challenging animals I've had to train. They had very little human contact in the first part of their lives and are still a bit afraid of me and startle easily. I want to be able to milk these girls someday and I won't force myself upon them, which seems to be the usual method for "breaking" an animal.
I am a new farmer and am learning this myself and am employing methods based on my temperament and goals. I find animal husbandry enjoyable when the system I have designed fits the animals I integrate into it. That said, I have done all of my own killing/butchering so far and while I don't enjoy killing anything, taking responsibility for your own respectful animal raising, killing, and butchering seems to be the best way to be an "Ethical Omnivore"
Here is a video I made showing how I'm working with my calves. I hope it works!
Some pics and an update. I'm up to the course of bags where I need to start putting in the hardware for the bond beam which ended up being at 7'. I'm going with stainless banding wrapped around the last 2'6" of bag wall to hold the bond beam down. This is important because the roof will be attached to the bond beam which will hold the roof down in the event of a major wind storm.