Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bathhouse

The new bathhouse shower is almost done.  It features on-demand hot water running off a propane bottle and a D-cell battery. #DIY #ranchlife

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Apple Pie

Apple Pie just had thus little boy that looks just like her! #mininubian #dairygoats #youvegottobekidding

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Great news!

Great news! We just had the vet out to help us castrate the piglets. Afterwards, she scanned our other gilt, Zsa Zsa, and found that she is well on her way to motherhood too. #mangalitsa #oldworldpigs

Happy birthday Pix

Happy birthday to our precious little 3lb dam-rejected, bottle fed monster, Pixie. Here she is with her little girl, an early birthday present. #mininubian #dairygoats

Monday, June 22, 2015

A visit

The neighbor's peacock came up this morning to test out his moves on Covergirl. #mininubian #dairygoats #proudasa

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Boy for sale

Here's Donkey's little boy, an IDGR purebred mini-nubian with a nice Roman nose, long ears and loaded with moonspots. With a solid 8lb birth weight, he's available for sale if anyone is looking for a handsome new herd buck. Our mini-nubian boys usually go within the first few days. He will be dam-raised, weaned and ready August 16th. #mininubian #dairygoats #herdbuck

Saturday, June 20, 2015

#2

Donkey's second offering of the day is a beautiful moonspot-covered boy. I bet It won't take long before this handsome fella is sold.

Reflections


Living on a farm is very different today than the days of the dust bowl and laura ingalls. If our crops don't grow, we make a trip to the market; we won't starve. We can easily maneuver with plan b or even c. A bad year or two means discomfort, rather than a major threat. It doesn't mean it isn't difficult and that we don't experience disappointment. Today I found myself willing our girls to kid, while at the same time, dreading it.
This year we are heavy in male kids...understatement of the year. 15 kids..1 girl. One. While it is insane to think so, I torture myself with the belief, that I must be doing something wrong. I scour the internet, late at night, looking for wives tales, anecdotes, charms and voodoo to turn the tide. I am humbled by the inability to control and impossible quest to prepare. I'm also kinda sorta pissed off.
It legitimately "is what it is". If I had any working knowledge of genetics or statistics, I'm not sure if I would be more or less optimistic.
At the end of the day, without girls we don't grow our herd. Until we grow our herd, there is no creamery.
This life we chose has its own timeline. It stalls and propels me in an uncomfortable manner. Goals aren't set and ticked by sheer force of will. This force of nature is real and strong and can not be dismissed. She is making herself known and all I can do is sit back and see what is next.
And while they are mostly males, only an ass would complain, rather than well with joy, finding a nursery filled with healthy little kids.




Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Eva's Girl

This little piglet seems quite content, but she was just taking a little break from screaming and squirming.  Apparently little piggies don't enjoy being whisked away from their mom.

Van full of Berries

Not sure if Mike knew how utterly insane I am before he agreed to marry.  Pretty sure he's got the picture now.  We drove 2 hours yesterday to get freshly picked ollalieberries  and boysenberries. 80lbs of berries to be precise.  These will make their way into jams, pies, smoothies, scones and countless other goodies.  Yum!

Galileo

This beautiful boy belongs to Frankie.  He and his brother are growing so fast it is hard to believe they are only 3 weeks old.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Smells like rotten eggs

Went out to grab the old hog feeder so we can put Eva on unlimited rations while she's nursing and thought to myself "gees this is heavier than I remember, I must be getting old." #freerangechickens #rotteneggs

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Piglets!

Busy morning here at the ranch, Eva just had 10 piglets! One was stillborn and one was either stillborn or squashed but we have 8 healthy Mangalitsa piglets right now who are all eating and moving around! #mangalitsa #oldworldpigs

Twins

This is getting ridiculous. Clarice just had two more boys. That's like 10 boys in a row for us out of 3 different bucks. The good news is that they are handsome and healthy. #nigeriandwarf #youvegottobekidding #comeonman

Monday, June 8, 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015

Rainbow

A rare June cloud burst left a rainbow over the nursery. Hope that means Clarice will have girls tonight! #ranchlife

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Eva

Eva seems to be starting to make milk so maybe it won't be long. #mangalitsa #oldworldpigs