Monday, December 26, 2011
Well, life has been going good here on the farm for the most part. A sickness ran through here the past couple weeks and got most of the family sick... we're getting over it though.
The weather has been considerably mild for it being late December - odd.
None of the dairy does are due till mid-February. But, there is a crossbred doe that my brother got a few months ago and we do not know her due date. She is very wide and heavy with kids. Yesterday her udder filled up, so I am expecting that she should kid pretty soon here.
Here's some various pictures from the past few days.
reflection in the pond,
From the Left: Fighter, Grandma (in the coat), Hug and LaWanda being lazy sunbathing goats.
Hug and Grandma,
Prissy (& Aruba, behind),
Peppy, the guard llama,
One of the sows and her piglets having some time out in the 40 acres while my brother watched them. The piglets are getting big!
Have a great day!
Posted by Good Goats at 7:48 AM
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Things are slowly getting set up in the new milking barn. Tuesday we moved out of the old room, and just had enough time to set up the floor and milkstands before it was time to milk again. Since then, I've just been slowly moving things in and getting it set up. It's going to take some time, but right now it is very functional and much better than the old room! Here's some pictures of the process...
bye-bye old milking parlor!
hello big barn!
we don't celebrate Christmas, I just have lights up for lighting and have 'em up all year long!
In this picture, on the right is a door - that is the "IN" door. On the left is the "OUT" door - when they are done being milked, they go out that way.
this was the first night we milked in there... the does were a little scared the first few times. They are getting used to it now though.
Have a great weekend!!
Posted by Good Goats at 7:23 AM
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The new barn is done!! It took about 2 1/2 days of work totaled up from start to finish - not bad, I'd say. It is 30x50 and will be used as the new milking barn and kidding/lambing stalls. I am excited and very thankful for it - especially to my Granny who made it possible!
MidAmerica Pole Barn Company is the company we chose to go with - they did a great job.
Now comes the phase of re-arranging and getting all set back up. . . I think it'll be a little bit before we start milking in it ;).
Here's photos of the process, from start to finish.
Posted by Good Goats at 8:05 PM
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Well, as I mentioned last time, the new big barn construction has begun. There have been plenty of set backs with the weather and such. All the holes are dug and the 4 corner polls are put in. Due to an accident the construction has been called off for a few days though, but it should resume soon and Lord willing, soon we will have a big barn!
I think winter weather has finally hit us!
Peppy, the guard llama!
Mr. Fighter (front) with one of his dam-raised buddies (behind),
Have a good day!!
Posted by Good Goats at 1:43 PM