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Musings of Breeding and Raising Goats on the Farm

~~~Farm Husbandry…….(with the husband)~~~

~~~Farm Husbandry…….(with the husband)~~~

This last weekend was productive… Some key projects really needed addressing… They were all a decrepit/rotted mess… …..beyond decrepit… Fence repair is ALWAYS high on the list… Fences are never perfect… Fences always need fixing… Did you know those elves or pixies who live in everyone’s dryer……the ones who steal and/or eat all of those spare socks…….? …..well, I’m positive their second cousins are the fence-gnawing gnomes… I’m sure those beasties live in a dead stump out back in our…

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The Great Goat Rodeo

The Great Goat Rodeo

As promised……. After my last post about Addy being pregnant……. *****Addy Is In A Family Way*** …..I needed to finish my story about running down our various goats…..in the mud……. Orchestrating…..catching…..&…..ultimately…..dragging various goats into appropriate stalls or pens is difficult at best……. …..but add to that scenario……. …..procrastination……. …..failing daylight……. …..along with recent torrential rains & the resultant/deep/paddock mud……. …..it’s all not a good recipe for success……. …..it was a GREAT recipe (however) for ear-numbing expletives…….spat and spluttered through mud-spattered…

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Addy Is In A Family Way

Addy Is In A Family Way

Just when you think you are large and in charge… …..you realize you are really just clueless and bringing up the rear……. …………………sooooooooo, Dr. (Reverend)-(and yes, he reminded me that he has some sort-of-duly-ordained-computer-reverend-registry) Stevie Wonder finally found his way back home from Antartica to Florida… And…….Dr. Wonder recently came out to our farm to “ready” the mares for breeding this spring……. …….by “ready” I mean…….they needed to have their uteruses flushed… …….(you know this is a farm blog…….so, don’t…

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Professor Dillamond Can’t Pee

Professor Dillamond Can’t Pee

  Pascal, I need to remind you…….this is a farm blog…….with posts that would probably not be acceptable as party conversations… This is probably going to be one of those entries…   We are a small homesteading farm… We have a variety of self-sustaining (HA!) animals and participants.   We have two buck goats who have a job to do.         One Boer meat goat buck (Optimus Prime) and one Oberhasli dairy goat buck (Professor Dillamond). We’ve…

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Sweetie Got Out!!!

Sweetie Got Out!!!

Sweetie Got Out! Sweetie Got Out!! SWEETIE GOT OUT!!!     I really hate being the one where the buck stops……….       You know the expression……………..”The Buck Stops Here”? Well, apparently there’s a big “X” tattooed on my forehead… I have a list of things that rattle me… Some are extremely obvious, some don’t make sense at all…     (……….like those swarms of those little black beetle bugs that were in my bed a few springs ago………..)…

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The Billy Goats Go To Market

The Billy Goats Go To Market

  With help from my family, we took half of the goats intended for sale to the butchers.   I don’t think I posted about the last time I went to the butchers…………….       What a debacle! After I had dropped off the goats, I started to return home with the empty cage in the bed of my truck. Who would have guessed that the shade cloth (zip-tied on the top of the cage) would have acted like…

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Dairy Goats Are Butt Heads

Dairy Goats Are Butt Heads

    ~~~~~When I was young, we had sheep on our farm in Ohio~~~~~ But (for at least) the past twenty years, we have had dairy goats… I’ve already explained my old rationale of not wanting my children drinking Posilac-laced, store-bought milk…………….(it’s worth a computer search—–it really is.) Don’t get me going on my Monsanto-rant. ………………….Round-Up, GMO’s, Agent-Orange………………….. Nobody wants to hear that again……………….     That company just begs for it………………I’ll throw Bayer Corporation under the bus too…………….(they bought…

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More Baby Goats?

More Baby Goats?

  I’m not sure how this happened… Well, no………………I do know “how” this happened. I did take Biology #101… ………………..but there have been welded metal horse panels between the does and the bucks for quite a while now……………?……………. Horse panels have rectangular openings that are 2″ by 4″, and they are 5′ tall.   I would have thought that the welded metal panel apertures would have been adequately small enough to act as a chastity-belt of sorts to stop “that…

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It’s A Jungle Out There

It’s A Jungle Out There

    Geez, Louise!!! I survived the barn chores this morning……….with one, sprained ankle and a bleeding, semi-broken nose.   Oh, and one goat life saved (maybe). Let me explain……………………………………… It’s now the rainy season. ┬áThat means there are a lot of fast-moving, electrical storms in our area on the west coast of Florida. In order to get the chores done, you have to dodge the storms and move fast. Which is what I thought I was doing…………………deftly & quickly……

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Goats, Hoo Hoo & Basic Addition

Goats, Hoo Hoo & Basic Addition

Just got back inside from bottle feeding several baby goats. ┬áThere are quite a few baby goats out there…………….quite a few. Definitely, one of the doelings will be named Irma. We normally have better herd management.   We normally know who is pregnant and when they are due.   All that went out the window when Irma blew through.       And given the goatie-population explosion out there, we need to get our adult goats interested in some other…

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