Shades of Ireland

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Redneck Bobsled!

The boys had a marvelous time during the storms. I have bought one of those plastic disc type sleds for Adam as part of his Christmas. I think that it lasted about a half an hour before they had broken it..... pulling it behind the 4-wheeler. Farm boys can improvise if nothing else. They tried the half barrel feed troughs but they were not sleek enough to glide over the snow and ended up just plowing furrows. In the end, the metal body of an old wheel barrow and a worn out lariat did the trick.

Since the 4-wheeler was involved, Prissy had to be right in the middle of things. She seems to think that it will not run unless she is perched on the seat. She enjoyed the sledding for a little while--- until they began to do the high speed spins and "sling shots". She bailed out and ran along beside them barking until they let her up on the seat.

Seth may be nineteen but he wasn't about to let his little brother have all the fun.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Winter Babies

Our wonderful friend and neighbors loaned us a purebred Angus bull during Spring Break last year. Look what we got!!

                                             Mouse had a beautiful heifer calf. Herd expansion!

                                             Cornbread had a big bull calf...... cash flow!!!

   We ended up with six calves total-- four heifers and two bulls. Even my old friend/enemy, Brindle had a heifer! She is just as high-headed and flighty as her mother and there is no way that I am going to get a picture of those two for at least a while. We are not expecting any more calves until June but that's ok because the goats are keeping me busy now.

First Alpine kids of the year.... bucks, of course! You might remember that I had a surprise doe kid born back in July...... this is the same doe! Pretty good since Tango is just now two years old. Unfortunately, she is not much of a milker but I am not sure if that is because of her ultra-fertility or just her nature. Time will tell.....

Beginnings of our meat goat herd.... Amos was very fertile--- at the neighbor's farm! Her goats all had twins, triplets, and even a set of quads all sired by Amos. So far, our girls have had two singles and a set of twins. Two bucks and two does. I am expecting four more young does to have his kids very late in the year.... June or July.

A set of twin does from a very nice Alpine doe named Ariel and my new buck.

All this birthing plus four more does went on between snow storms. We really only had one big problem from these storms:

The ice and the wind took down our dilapidated pole barn. There really wasn't much holding it up but we had hoped to repair and salvage what we could. Mother Nature decided that we should just rebuild!
On the far left, the only thing keeping that end up is the chicken pen. We had moved the tractor out and covered it with a tarp so that the milk cows could shelter in there if they wanted to. I was coming across the pond when I heard it collapse and nearly had heart failure before I got around the big barn to see what had happened. Luckily, the Bambi and Bertha were already waiting at the door to the milking area when it went.The sheep must have been under there visiting the Alpine buck because they came wandering out from under the rubble only slightly shell shocked. The buck pen off to the back escaped damage, too. He was a bit upset for the rest of the day, though........ 

Right now, I am getting a breather. Next week, should have about four more to kid.

The snow is melting but very slowly. The ponds, creeks and ditches are all flowing. Some people are complaining about the mud---- but not ME!!

Today is THE Day....

I am going to sit down this afternoon and figure out how to do the picture thingy.....

I have been just a tad busy with two snowstorms and a barn full of babies. Had a couple of bad kid birthings that have pretty much demoralized me but over all, the girls have done very well. I am milking two on a twice a day schedule and another 4 does added in the evening milking chores. Their kids look incredible.

Pictures to follow this afternoon----- one way or another!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Still Alive

 A good friend of mine stopped by this afternoon. I haven't seen her since October but nearly the first thing out of her mouth was, " What happened to you blog???!!??".  I have not quit--- I am just hip deep in goat kids and chores.

I decided to just bite the bullet and figure out this picture thingy but.... I need TIME to do that. The kids are growing and doing well and we have got things worked out pretty well. By this weekend, my goats will begin having their kids. We have several new calves and I am watching for a couple more to calve any minute.

Garden planning, plotting and dreaming is in full swing....... I will be back......