Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Lots of things happening around here lately. Between kidding and construction I've barely had time to cook and do laundry (poor Ryan has to fend for himself, and even makes meals for me sometimes). Here's some pictures to give you an idea...
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Here are some long over due pictures of the progress we've made in the creamery, parlor and milk house. Pretty much all of the walls are up (just the finishing touches in the aging room and bathroom left), and I've painted a primer on the plywood in the utility room and office. You'll notice that the cement in some places looks very grey - that's because I've painted it with a epoxy paint to make it more cleanable. I also painted the curb of the parlor platforms, and I think it looks rather nice. Also, there were 2 more baby goats born today! The mother is Nutmeg, this is her 3rd lactation. I'm very excited to say that she had 2 girls! Not only does she have a nice udder, she is half Nubian and thus has a very high butter fat and protein average (which makes more cheese!). Nancy Reagan (black, La Mancha ears) was born first, and then Lady Bird Johnson (brown, normal ears!, and wattles). Way to go, Nutmeg!
Friday, February 26, 2016
What luck! We have beautiful weather for our cement project. It might be hard to imagine that it will eventually become a parlor, milk house, utility room and small office, but to me it is finally less of a dream and more of a reality! (But maybe I'm the only one that can see that yet...)
Monday, December 21, 2015
Winter is here and all of the animals are warm and snug in the barn...wait, that isn't right. Let's try that again: Spring has sprung and the goats are out on grass again...obviously that's not right! It seems that our winter season is a little topsy turvy this year which works just fine for me. The goats and I have moved to a new home and I was worried that they would be cooped up in the barn for several months. Knowing that the weather was supposed to remain mild this winter, I thought to bring my portable netting fencing with me, thereby allowing my goats some time outdoors. Who would've thought that they would be grazing somewhat green grass on the shortest day of the year?
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Well, Maren seems to be following in get mother's hoof-steps: she just had her 2nd heifer calf in as many lactations. I'd have to look back in the records to be sure, but I think Milly had something like 3 heifers in her first 4 lactations. As you know, Maren is not pure Holstein, as Milly was. She is a Norwegian Red and Holstein cross. This new calf is even less Holstein, coming from a Red Dane sire. We'll have to come up with a Danish name that starts with 'M' for this newest addition to the Milly family tree.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The final kid of the season has been born! Yesterday at chore time I was surprised by a new baby in the pen, already dried off with a belly full of milk. Petunia, the mother, has looked the same for nearly 2 months, so I truly had no idea when to expect her to kid. Since Petunia is Mom's goat, she got the honor of picking the baby's name off of Charlie's List: she chose Indus, the name of a constellation. Thank you to Charlie for coming up with such a great list of names. Now is time to start thinking about next year's theme - Musicians? Poets? Herbs? We'll see...
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Here's the newest additions to the crew. Pip had her set of triplets just 2 days ago. They are already playing King of the Mountain on the big square in their pen and are generally being cute. After looking at Charlie's Grand list of names I've decided to name the 2 boys Sirius and Polaris, the girl will be Vesta: 2 stars and a comet! Now we have only Petunia to wait for...when and what she has will just have to remain a mystery for now!
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
We had a special guest visit us this morning: Cooper Sylling! He and his brother got to help milk goats, drink fresh goat milk, and eat a mound of hot french toast. It was a great morning with our most loyal blog-follower!