Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How Hard a Plight This Can Be

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” 
― Abraham Lincoln 

Dairy animals.

Sigh. Still sad over the loss of our lovely little doe kid, excited yet over the trip to see the best of the best Dairy goats in the Nation tomorrow. . .

We have now been milking a cow (Elsie then Ellie) with a month's break for 1.5 years. I've been handmilking a herd of dairy goats for full or near lactation cycles for 5 years now. . .once without a break for over 2 years.

Dairy animals are hardcore. They are the make, break and shake you. They are the one livestock you really have to deeply consider before you step into, jump or dive into. Mull them over and over and over again.

No other animal you bring to your farm will tax you so much in time, money or heart.

Most people in dairy goats or cows last under 3 years. There is a reason. . .

I want to throw the towel in with goats and cows monthly, weekly or daily - depending on the time of year.

Nothing makes one work harder and fail harder.

“All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
― Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho



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