Sunday, January 23, 2011

Goat sales, purchases and other farm happenings

From the looks of the udders of Eve and Dutchie, we will have 1st generation
Miniature Nubians in the next month. They will be registered with the MDGA.

They will be getting vaccinated today against Staph Mastitis
with Lysigin (can be ordered through Jeffers) :

They have UTD on CD/T, Cooper Bolusing, BO-SE and are in great condition.
I hope for a doeling from each, of course. They look small, so I imagine
that a single kid is what we will have from both.

We placed large orders with American Livestock Supply, Jeffers and Hoeggers

to be totally ready this year for kidding, milking, cheese making, bottle feeding and any possible mastitis issues, like we ended up having last year. 

We still need to order soap making supplies and books, and we will be totally prepared to deal with 3 Nubians in milk 
(Candy will kid in March with ADGA Nubian kids by Ace)

ALL KIDS will be for sale. We are taking names and deposits for waiting lists.

Let me also announce the arrival of our AGS Registered Nigerian Doelings all the way from Colorado originally and our new Pyrenees Pup, Carly, rescues from the Cabell / Wayne County Pound! She is, thus far, working out beautifully.

Carly came after the Ohio Komondor, a former show dog, we adopted, stayed in the stall all of an hour before digging out and running away. Fortunately, after
placing ads on craiglist, he was picked up and taken to the pound, and we were called and were able to place him, with the help of his original owner, in a NEW KY home.

Lastly, let me introduce a new indoor addition to entertain my
human little ones inside:

Bubbles is a 2 1/2 yr old Mix spayed pup was 
found that needed a new home in Cross Lanes, WV!

We were able to attend the Wayne County Hippology Clinic a week ago and set up a table and meet some new folks. The clinic was to raise money for the Wayne Co. fair board to purchase property to host the yearly fair.

Equine Dentist, Warren Spry
AQHA Junior President
Dr. Steve Walker, Equine Vet
all came as guest speakers!

Despite frigged temps, the animals all are in good spirits, with plenty of fresh,
clean hay to eat at all times!

Bitter Cold. . .

This winter is the worst I can remember since childhood

It has been colder, with more snow, than I ever expected.

Farm Chores are not exactly glorious in frigid weather, like this; however,
such things do not wait. . . 

Just ask my farming fellow

Right now, we are going through approximately 2,200 lbs of
hay a week, and thankfully, we found a source just a few miles
down the road and do not have to store any. We just pick it up,
as needed. 

The beef cattle operation where we buy our hay is also
run by a former dairyman who is going to AI'ed our heifer, Stella, next month.
We know dealing with sexed semen, conception rates are fairly low, and heat
detection is difficult with a single heifer, so wish us Luck! We will have a lot
invested in her breeding when it is all said and done.

I'm honestly getting closer to the idea of Rooster in the stew pot
every single time I am at the barn

On a poultry note, our Blue Laced Red Wyandottes are coming along beautifully, though most have ended up Splash in color. I believe we have 3 roosters and 5 hens. They are, without a doubt, some of the most beautiful chickens I've ever seen.

Everyone here at the farm looks forward to seeing warmer weather soon!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcoming in 2011 with missing dogs and the like

Yesterday we made a drive to Charleston, WV to meet a woman who was moving and unable to take her 5 year old male LGD, Twister, a Komondor, with her to her new location. We wanted to give him a new home and since our Manchester Terrier and Aussie never returned, sadly, from their last escapade off the farm, we had room for another dog, and consider the coyote problem we are assured exists, having a second LGD could only be a good thing, right?

Well, sadly, I brought Twister home, put him into a stall in the barn where I intended to keep him until he acclimated to the animals and area, and when we returned home later last night after visiting with friends to ring in the new year, he had dug a huge hole under the wall and escaped. He has yet to be found.

We looked so long for Henry and Dusty when they went missing. Henry came to the farm with us last September. Dusty was taken in a few months later when his owner had to rehome him due to cancer. We are not near a main road, and all the neighborhood dogs are loose and quite safe here. During hunting season in November, they both left one day and never returned. We called the pound, went all over the area asking about them and put up fliers. Nothing. I am still not over loosing them. I have no idea what could have happened.

This dog has no idea this was supposed to be his new home. Who knows where he went. He is from 5 hours away in Ohio, so this area is all unfamiliar. He is friendly and not aggressive, but I had no tags for him at this point, and I have little hope he will return or be found. Komondors are a rare breed, and I hope if we are unable to locate him, he is cared for. That is all I can do at this point.



Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens

- Proverbs 27:23-27

"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares."

- George Washington