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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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Below zero temps with livestock to feed

Damn! We’re so tired of the below zero mornings while doing chores, only to have to repeat  the process with the windchill below zero in the afternoon.  Mind you, this is an area that routinely hits 100+ degrees in the summer time.

Let me share with you exactly what we do on a typical week day in this weather..

Mom usually starts the day shortly after 5 AM. It’s lights on in the kitchen and check the coffee pot time. Even though the machine is on automatic, Mom doesn’t trust it. We don’t trust that Mom set it right, but that’s another story. The kitchen is her domain until she gives it up.

Bev is next up about 5:30. By shortly before 6:30 she’s out to pre-trip and start the school bus. In below zero weather, all kinds of things can happen. She’s already had two dead batteries,

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Farm update… what’s getting planted, what’s growing

Mid-April, and beautiful weather makes it real tempting to plant faster than planned.  After all, the sooner we get things planted, the sooner they can grow, and the  faster we can have  a greater assortment of veggies for Farmers’ Market, right?

Not so fast, rookie.

It might be 80 degrees in the afternoon, but with blue skies, not a cloud in sigh… the temperature can easily drop below freezing by dawn of the next morning. All it takes is a storm moving east hundreds of miles away and let it’s little cold tail swing through the atmosphere… and boom, we’re below freezing.

At over 5000 feet elevation, the surface cools much faster. Add to the fact there is next to no concrete or blacktop, no large trees, or massive shrubs, and the air simply goes up, up, and up. The faster it leaves, the colder it gets.

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Got goats? Got kids!

We’ve entered into a brave new world…  the world of goats with kids.

Annie and PoseyLast year, we were given a couple of Nubian bottle baby kids in exchange for helping Jill at Cricket Song Farm with chores. One’s mother died shortly after birth, and the other one, an orphan  herself, was a real ding-a-ling.

In late May, an we got a call from one of our customers, who had located a pair of Pygmy goats. Would we take them and feed them until the youngest one got a little bigger? Oh and by the way, the other is a “nanny”.  If you’ll breed her, then we can split the offspring. Deal!

Then the price of hay went sky high. We knew a neighbor who had a young French Alpine doe and a young Nubian/Boer buck. We made a deal with her.

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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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