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Welcome to the world little calf

And here is the last baby to be  born on our farm this year.

Coco had her calf today about 2:30 pm with no assistance.

 

This is Coco, big brother, and baby…

 

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We’ve been feeding Chaffhaye for a week now

You really need to watch our animals to see their love of Chaffhaye.

The goats get into the bucket before we can get into the pen.

The sheep do all but climb over their feeders, as do the milking goats.

What makes it so irresistible?

It could be the kiss of molasses that is sprayed onto the freshly chopped alfalfa, or it could be something far more simple, and something most animals in our valley have never tasted… absolutely fresh alfalfa, cut when it is most nutritious, yet tender and tasty.

I find it very interesting that both goats and sheep are in love with it. After all, sheep are grazers, and I would expect them to love it. Goats, however, are browsers. They are happiest when  allowed to trim our trees, munch on  tumbleweed,  or other miscellaneous weeds on our farm.

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Summertime, and we’re still having newborns!

Yep, when most everyone else is done having babies around here, we’re still kidding, and one of our hens and our duck are setting with one chick hatched so far.

A while ago, our chickens discovered one of our secrets… their fence had rotted out at the base. If they wiggled a bit, they could go walk about. First there were a couple, then a few, and finally more than half the flock.

While it was fun to watch them interact with the birds in our front yard, go over to the sheep, cow, and goat pens, Mom soon became irritated as they kept “helping her” with the landscaping. Unfortunately, their favorite work was usually done where she had recently raked… kicking all that soil back onto the walkway.

So, Cindy went to work fixing the fence. Because the chickens were mostly smart enough to return  to the coop at  night,

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An Awesome Book from an Unlikely Source

A few years back, we had some new neighbors come visiting. Nice family, who had scored a pretty good deal on an old homestead 4 or so miles from us. Around here, you’re a neighbor if you live within about 15 miles of us.

Turns out these neighbors have been pretty successful in their ventures, having transformed much of the old homestead into a small working farm.

This past spring, another new neighbor handed me a book to read. She said nothing about it except that she wanted me to have it, and to read it. She’s a bit of a prepper, so I figured by the title that it would be something about survival… and because it included “the death of the dollar”, I figured it would be a good idea to sit down and read it sooner, rather than later.

Crashed: The Death of the Dollar by William Cooper

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Cliven Bundy vs the BLM

This is a post I never wanted to make, but have been asked to do. It’s a post about our western way of life, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Let me preface by saying I believe all sides of this fight could have found better ways to handle this. It’s not just a fight, it’s becoming a range war. That said, lines have been drawn in the sand, literally, and we’re where we are now. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

This is an issue that has been brewing for as long as I’ve been alive, and even longer. You see, when the West was settled, the government took “ownership” of ALL  the land. You got to be a homesteader by paying the Federal Land Office anywhere between $1 and  $2 an acre, depending upon  when this occurred, and where you were located.

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  • Goats helping photographer
    Hey, we'd love to help you take your pictures.
  • Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014
    Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014.
  • Cindy feeding Chaffhaye
  • working in the kitchen
    Bev recording milk weights, Shari stirring the Cajeta
  • The first two little doelings.
    The first two little doelings.
  • Mom with Thor
    Mom is cuddling our new buckling, Thor.
  • cargo trailer
    Our Farmer's Market cargo trailer.
  • Hand digging trench
    Shari pitches in and digs up broken water line.

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