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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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Chafffhaye, a new way to feed animals on small farms and ranches.

Four Country Gals is becoming the first SW Utah dealer for Chaffhaye, a revolutionary way to feed ruminants and other small animals.

Chaffhaye is produced in Dell City, TX, about 70 miles east of El Paso. That area is much like this valley, high and dry. The good news is they saw a need and are filling it.

[embedyt][/embedyt]With six very consistent cuttings per year, they are able to take their alfalfa from the field to the finished package within four hours of being cut. It’s fermented for two weeks before being sent to the customer. They add a small amount of molasses to provide the necessary sugar for all the beneficial bacteria… bacteria which helps to pre-digest the nutrients, making them far more available and useful than dry cut alfalfa.

We’re jumping in as dealers because we see a need.

Here in the Escalante Desert Valley,

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FedEx Small Business Grant Contest… We’re in!

We really need your votes, daily. Please be sure to share with your friends, too.

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“She Can Pitch” by Grow America


We (the Four Country Gals) have entered a contest called “She Can Pitch” sponsored by Grow America. We have 15 days to garner the most “votes” via social media platforms to win $10,000. We’re absolutely, positively, sure you and your friends and families will propel us to the top of the votes.

We plan to use the winnings for the Cajeta project. While we are personally funding the goats, and all the research, development, product testing, and licensing, we are seeking funds to assist with building the commercial kitchen.

The commercial kitchen will be housed in a 20 ft shipping container. That will help keep it clean and sanitary here on our windy, sandy desert. It will have electricity, and water, as well as an electric stove, refrigerator, all the required sinks (3 compartment, hand washing, and mop sink), and  suitable product and supply storage.

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Kidding is complete 6 doelings, 5 bucklings

We’re done with kidding for this year. Our goats did exceptionally well, with our only losses incurred by the Pygmy goats.

Annie, the “matriarch”,actually the same age as Posey, but more dominant gave us twin boys. We’re keeping one as our herd buck, not being sure the little Nigerian Dwarf guy is really what we want. The buck we’re keeping is named “Thor”. He’s mostly Nubian, with about 1/4 Boer. He has beautiful markings and a wonderful, stocky build, as does his twin, who is awaiting delivery to his new home.

Posey, the ding-a-ling, presented us with quads, a real surprise. More of a surprise was that she had them way early in the morning, before we were “out and  about”. This year, she cleaned each of them. Last year, she dropped each twin and walked away. We’re still working with her on feeding her kids.

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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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