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The Last of the Hay

Mar
25

Somebody needs to pick up sticks.
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Because somebody’s going to be mowing again soon. The grass is growing! And just in time. Yesterday evening I got the last of the round bales moved.
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A couple bales went to the horses, and one bale to the cows.
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Another bale was left in its crumbling state to be hauled away as needed in batches in the wagon.
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The horses had gotten over the fence into that bale a while back and kinda blew it up. The goats are also on their last bale in their field.
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From here on out, with the grass coming on, the animals will be rotated through the fields. I’ve got a couple fields completely closed off right now to let them grow unhindered, and I’ve also got square bales saved in the barn to supplement as needed.

I’m sure I’ll be tired of mowing before you know it, but mowing is a small penalty for the huge gain of grass back in the fields and not worrying about hay again for months. I just barely made it on the hay I had put away this year, and I’m so happy to see spring!

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A Bonding Moment

Mar
20

Goat Burger reached out to Chloe yesterday to share a special moment.
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The love betwixt guardian dog and goat is a beautiful thing.
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Chloe: “I love you, too, Goat Burger.”
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“I would never have named you Goat Burger. I would have named you Snuggle Sausage.”
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“Or Honey Bunny Buckles.”
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“Or Oojy Coojy Woojy Moojy Poo-Poo!”
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Goat Burger: “Make it stop.

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    March 19, 2015 - Waiting for Babies

    The goats are expecting.

    Mostly, I think they are just expecting their supper, but I’m expecting babies. I believe all but two of the girls are bred.

    This one.

    This one.

    This one. (Jane, sticking her tongue out at me.)

    And this one!… Continued…

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    March 13, 2015 - Puppy Meets World

    We’ve had a fantastic and fast weather turnaround here, with temperatures in the 60s! Precious the puppy has been inside all winter, since she arrived, but it was time for her to come outside and discover that she lives on a farm!

    Or at least see it from the front porch.

    She looked and looked!… Continued…

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    February 18, 2015 - Frosted Morning, with Animals

    It’s 13 degrees here at the moment. The next few nights are forecast for sub-zero. Snow is expected to start again sometime this morning. I was out doing chores early, before the flakes start falling.

    Food to the dogs and cats. Feed and hay to the goats. A big bucket of grain to the cows. I moved the cows all the way into the back barnyard to give them access … Continued…

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    February 12, 2015 - The Long-Awaited Chicken Yard

    I’ve had the chickens in the house for a few months now, but there was no chicken yard–because up till then, the farm was their yard. But they kept roosting on the deck and the porches, and it just wasn’t pretty. And I’m planning to plant a vegetable garden in the spring. I want my tomatoes for myself, not the chickens! So. The yard has been under construction off and … Continued…

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    February 10, 2015 - Bred!

    I wish I was talking about cows. Well, maybe Glory Bee is bred. She hasn’t gone into heat. But! I’m talking about goats now!

    We were doing goat hooves last night in the barn, me and my hired men, and checking their udders to see who was bred. They’re all bred except Lizzie, the little short-eared Boer…. Continued…

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    February 9, 2015 - Cows Doing Nothing

    I’d post more pictures of the cows doing nothing, but they’d all look the same!

    The cows are doing exactly the same thing right now as they were doing yesterday when I took this picture. I’ve been watching the cows for days, since I saw Dumplin standing for riding on Wednesday evening. First thing Thursday morning, I ordered semen, which was delivered by Friday afternoon. … Continued…

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