Last fall when we got our property tax bill, I got to wondering about the assessed value of our land and whether it seemed too high. On our tax notices, they split out the value of the land and the value of the structures, so you can see how they’ve assessed each component. Our land has the added complication that all but one acre are in “open space AG,” (OSA) the reduced tax rate given to land that’s in active agriculture status. The land is taxed at “current use” instead of “best use”, so it’s given a lower assessed value. I decided to do a little research to see how our values compare with neighboring properties.

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In the last year, I’ve completed Green Belt certification, which is a portion of Lean Six Sigma training. I loved the coursework, and though it was for work and surely I’ll apply these skills to engineering, I couldn’t help but relish the fact that they are also really useful for sheep! Open-mouthed smileAnd supposedly, Lean Six Sigma credits some of its origin to Agriculture, and it’s early use of statistical analysis in breeding improvements. So here is some fun tinkering with statistical analysis of factors which may affect birth weight in my lambs.

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I took two 2010 lambs to the butcher this week. These two guys were just so little last year, I was too embarrassed to sell them to anyone, so kept them for our freezer. And waited and waited for them to hit 100 pounds.

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FromPastureOur barn is closing in on the finish line. One of the big holdups was the plumbing permit. When we pulled the original building permit, the builder actually submitted the combination of engineering drawings and site plans that I had created. That was nearly a year ago. At the time, we didn’t really know the details of what we wanted to do with the plumbing, and they don’t have a regular plumbing contractor whom they use. So they left it to us to pull that permit separately and handle those details ourselves. That was fine.

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