Thursday, May 25, 2017

Harvest day

We took advantage of this unusually cool May day to process about 40 meat birds and a dozen free-range roosters. The freezer is full again! #growyourown #farmlife #yardbird

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Final Two

Betsy Ross dropped two precious girls this morning to officially end our Spring 2017 kidding season. What a great way to finish! #mininubian #dairygoats #youvegottobekidding

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hatband

Dressed up the old cowboy hat with some local fauna I've been curing in a jar since last summer. #crafting #ranchlife

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Egg sucking snakes

Filed under "stuff that goes on beneath the barn". #californiagophersnake #nature #ranchlife

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sandy

Sandy just had a boy and a girl! #mininubian #dairygoats #youvegottobekidding

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Amateur vet day

Pip has had a pregnancy related condition for the last few weeks where she has been unable to get up on her feet. The vet said it wouldn't improve until she kidded so the interns have been trying to make her as comfortable as possible.

Yesterday was her due day and since she appeared to be having contractions, Christy stayed up all night with her. By this afternoon the vet said Pip was probably going to need help. With a little teamwork from our niece Nicole, Christy was able to go in and bring 4(!) tiny nigies into the world. One didn't make it but so far mom and 3 girls are hanging in there. They are quite small and certainly not out of the woods yet but we are hoping for the best. How did you spend your Sunday? #nigeriandwarf #ranchlife #kiddingseason

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bees

Our intern, Dylan is ready to check bees this morning. #farmfashion #honeybees

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

New lamb

I looked out the office window this afternoon and saw a tiny white dot among the bigger white dots and it ended up being a new addition to the herd. #stcroixsheep #lambingseason

Podcast Episode 9: Interns! And we've been gone... to a galaxy far, far away.

This week we talk about where we have been and what has happened in our absence. Then we do a whole discussion on interns!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bye to two pups

We said goodbye to Primo and Bandit today. They landed jobs at a northern California commercial sheep operation so will have a dream life of living amongst hundreds of ewes and lambs. Our hearts are a little broken but we are thrilled with their placement. Thanks to Mark and Sandy and congratulations on your new workforce! #bordercollies #herding #stockdogs #sheepdogs

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Snake bite

Well it was insanely expensive but Rizzo's snake bite treatment has her looking almost normal already. If we can make it through the blood clotting concerns and the necrosis, she should be ok. #livestockguardiandogs #Anatolianshepherds #rattlesnakebites

Friday, April 7, 2017

3 kids

Finally just had quads. Though one was stillborn, she welcomes 2 healthy girls and a boy to the ranch.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Berries

Our second season olallieberries and boysenberries are looking great! #freshfruit #backyardorchard

Friday, March 31, 2017

Ugh

Damn out already and it's not even April yet. Nearly ruined my weekend. #comeonman #ranchlife

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Last Lamb

Pappy Boyington gave us a surprise last lamb of the season yesterday! #lambingseason

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Vet barn

Our little vet barn got a facelift and a white picket fence this week. #ranchlife

Friday, March 24, 2017

Kids

Mattie's triplets enjoying some outside time.  #nigeriandwarf #kiddingseason

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lawnmowers

The landscape crew is working on the driveway today. All 39 of them. #stcroixsheep

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Jesse

Jesse just had, you guessed it, a little blue-eyed boy. #nigeriandwarf #kiddingseason

Monday, March 20, 2017

Quads

Miss Kay had quads last night! 3 boys and a girl. #nigeriandwarf #youvegottobekidding

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Podcast Episode 8: Our CSA (Can Sell Anything), updates on the orchard, puppies, ducks, greenhouse, farm stand and a new picket fence in the goat area.

This week we reveal our latest big project, the VR Meat CSA! Lucky customers get a monthly grab bag of our mangalitsa pork, st. croix lamb, homegrown chickens, eggs and much more. We also discuss the current state of affairs and other projects going on at the farm and what we have coming up in the next couple of weeks.














Blossoms

Hoping for lots of pluots, peaches, nectarines, apricots, apples, pears, etc this year out of our 100+ varieties orchard. These blossoms are a good start. #backyardorchard #freshfruit

Friday, March 10, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Cotton

Miss Cotty is helping out in the garden today by catching rabbits for us. #GreatPyrenees

Friday, March 3, 2017

Stuck

Spent the morning getting the neighbor's lumber delivery truck out of a mud hole. We had three vehicles buried to the axles before it was over and had to use the Big Dodge, Brutus, John Deere and a 7000lb farm jack to yank everyone out.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Moving

How do ya'll like our hi-tech barn moving apparatus? Round fence posts, an old tractor tire and the sassy Massey. #patentpending #farmlife #neccessity

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.

LISTEN HERE
SUBSCRIBE HERE

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.

PLAY HERE

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.