Our bred heifers have been about 12 miles away on some rented pastures. Since they are due to start calving next month, it was time to get them home where J can keep a much closer eye on them.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
At the end of last year I entered a photo contest at Farm Credit. The winning pictures are to be displayed in the newly remolded lobby of our local Farm Credit plus there was some prize money. The deadline was December 31 and that's when I entered. I never heard anything back so I assumed that I didn't win anything. That is until yesterday.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Our goat herd is a genetic hodgepodge. We started with 12 nannies 14 years ago. Those original nannies were mostly milk type goats. We then started breeding them to meat goat billies like boers, kikos, and Spanish meat goats. Well, there was that one odd billy that J got at the livestock market, no idea what he was but he was tall and narrow with a mohawk, but I'm not counting him. We now just call them Brush Goats. They are our 24/7 weed control program. Anyway, this genetic diversity has lead to a variety of different horn styles on our girls.
Hope you enjoyed our Spring Horn Show.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
About twice a week during the winter when the tractor is getting used every day, J has to take his two, 5 gallon fuel jugs to the gas station to get diesel. He then stops the tractor at the house to fill it up.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
I had just caught Otoelene to ride when J asked if I could do a job. Well, of course I could because it involved riding Otoelene. Seems since 12 inches of snow melted and it rained another inch, the bottom where J had been feeding the cattle was to wet to feed in. So he fed on a hill and the cattle hadn't found the hay yet. J wanted me to herd the cattle over to the hay. Sounded like that was right up my alley.
Plus, one end of the barn was pretty flooded so it wasn't going to be much fun riding inside.
But by the time I got Otoelene saddled and warmed up, the cattle were already eating.
The river was almost out of it's banks.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Unfortunately, or fortunately as the case may be, this tidbit wasn't from one of my clients but from another vet in the office. She was discussing heartworm disease and how it is transferred by mosquitoes. The owner said, "I've never had a mosquito in my house,
My question would have been, "fenced with what, mosquito netting? How big are your mosquitoes?"
My colleague was more polite and did not ask these questions.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The goats were very unsettled the day it snowed.
I really don't think goats like the snow.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
You must think I'm crazy with "What's Blooming" when it looks like this outside.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
What do you do with a cat that is staying inside and getting fat because of the cold and snow?
You take him outside and take his picture. That way you both get exercise. Him running away, and you chasing him to try and get a decent picture.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
The other day when E was working with Wrangler, I decided to take the saddle off of Otoelene and try her in the round pen with a small jump. E said no way was Otoelene jumping, she barely picks her feet up to walk or trot. I said all horses can jump, it is just a matter of finding the proper motivation.
Well, this is something new and it needs a thorough inspection.
There were several more tries with a little more speed but the best I got was trotting over fast with her picking her feet up high. At least she quit stepping on it or tripping over it or tangling it up between her legs. But she never really did jump over it. I guess I just haven't found the proper motivation yet on Day 1. But I am not giving up yet.
The Red Headed Mare to see if I can win.
Friday, February 14, 2014
For those of you new to my blog, Bumble and Bea are our two Great Pyrenees guard dogs that take care of the goats. Because of the coyotes we probably would not have continued to keep the goats without them. We got them as 12 week old puppies in October of 2009 and they have been a joy to have ever since. They love staying with the goats yet are very friendly to us. They love attention but are ready to go when the goats start moving out.