Friday, February 24, 2017

Episode 7: Goats, Come Smell Our Dairy Air!

Everything you wanted to know about goats, specifically dairy goats. How we picked our breeds, how we set up our dairy, how we care for and make more goats. The fun and not so fun of raising these clever, gregarious ruminants.

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Clarice the Nigerian Dwarf

Roger, the Nigerian Dwarf buck

Mini Nubian with kids


Cover Girl on the milk stand

Dwarf kids

Pixie, our bottle-baby Mini Nubian

More dwarf kids

Klyde, our Mini Nubian buck



Pixie and her kid June Bug

Not quite ready for the stand

The boys dancing for dominance.


Here are some links to the facts:

The book that started it all...The Backyard Goat by Sue Weaver
-I picked up this book about 10 years ago and I read it about 10 times before we even started looking at buying a ranch.

Other books in my library:
Living with Goats by Margaret Hathaway
Raising Milk Goats Succesfully by Gail Luttmann

Natural Goat Care by Pat Coleby

Fias Co Farm is a great resource and has extensive information as well as great herbal remedies.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New truck

The Lambeaughini is dwarfed by her new big sister. #ram #dieselpower

Monday, February 20, 2017

Podcast Episode 6: Herding dogs! This week we talk about what makes our amazing border collies the hardest workers and most valuable tools on the farm.

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This week we talk about our herding dogs. Herding dogs gather and move stock. They round up strays and stragglers and keep the flock together. Experts say that a good dog can do the work of 5 men but I'd say it is closer to 10. Herding dogs come in many shapes and sizes and have many different characteristics. Here on the ranch we have border collies so that is what we are going to talk about. 

In this episode we will talk all about Jinx and Jones, how they do what they do, how they are similar and different and how their puppies are developing into young herders too.

Jones


Jinx

Puppies!


We used several references in this podcast to get the facts right and will post some links here if you'd like to learn more.

History of the Border Collie from The Border Collie Museum
Old Hemp from wikipedia
Herding Dogs: Progressive Training by Vergil S. Holland
Herding Dog Breeds from Cesar's Way

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The storm is over!

After several inches of rain there is finally a break in the clouds. This shot is from our weather station weathercam on Weather Underground.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Podcast Episode 5: Livestock Guardian Dogs

This week we discuss everything about our great protectors, the livestock guardian dogs that keep our stock safe from coyotes and mountain lions. Hear all about Ruckus, Rizzo, Nella and Cotton, our Anatolian Shepherds and Great Pyrenees.

Herders

Short Round and Frog get their first look at ducks. They are going to be great herders!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Danger

The old Massey is a little more sassy with this new attachment. We will be making mincemeat out of all the snake haven brush piles and creating an awesome oak mulch for all of out trees and gardens. We have a new "most dangerous thing" on the ranch.