Slow week on the farm- cold weather blew in and our farmers spent most of the time indoors.
Verdandi did kick off the kidding season with a set of twins- born at dawn when the temps were 0°F. Oy! One kid was chilled so much that it would not stand, but an hour inside with some Lyle’s Golden Syrup on her tongue and soon she was ready for milk and after that, her momma!
Calli, another dairy goat, has been doing a bunch of talking lately- she may go next. Acorn got all the dairy goats on the milling stand to give their hindquarters a trim- helps with kidding and milking. Just in time for Verdandi’s delivery!
A dozen 8 ounce jars of black syrup in the pantry- expect a bumper week coming up next week for sap. Temperatures will be perfect!
After another unusually warm week, Blind Hog and Acorn were not only able to work the goats and get them vaccinated, but also tap in 25 sap spiles into the black walnut trees, plus a sycamore.
Acorn collected 19 gallons before the sap flow stopped- due to warm weather, but after the next 10 days the sap should flow again because it is going to get cold… 19 gallons boiled down to five 8-oz jars… 60:1 ratio…
Hay has been fed, woodpile loaded up. Snow continues to fall…
Blind Hog and Acorn have to report that Winter is Back… Fed out the first round bale of the season. Cows and goats all tucked in for inclement weather, dairy barn prepped for upcoming kids. Of course- “Let’s kid goats in January…”
Minor fence repair here, alleyway addition there. Baking up goodies to keep the hungry farmers going.
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Blind Hog and Acorn spent the past week finishing up farm projects and chores in the unusually warm weather. Buck shelter has a floor AND bedding, goats have hay to nibble on, and the bunk feeders for goat grain treats are officially done, and the cows have a new strip for grazing. Phew!
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Blind Hog and Acorn finally FINALLY got the goat barns mucked out, clean and ready for winter/January kidding. Phew!
Only took one front tire repair on the Mahindra and removal of up-teen front end loaders of piled up “residue” raked up from the barns to get the job done. Much better now, even though the pictures might not look that nice.
Cows are enjoying their new grazing paddock since we moved them over last Sunday. Goats have a paddock all to themselves. Ruminant Heaven!
Phew! Blind Hog and Acorn have been working like dogs… Tearing down the Murphy bed that Blind Hog built super well, i.e he glued the joints, to working in the west field in preparation for winter grazing. All the walking back and forth along the fence lines.
A bit of baking first thing this morning- bread and English muffins.
Sam is enjoying his new dog bed- the memory foam mattress topper off the double-size mattress that went to the landfill. Cut it up into 4 sections, stacked it, and voila- Dog Bed from Heaven.
Goats are all now in one big group- the girls should all be bred by now. If Lil’ Frank did not fulfill his duties, then Goat Man Special has 10 new does to cover.
Weird weather- record high temps- is just crazy…
Two winners- the most excellent fence stretcher and the watermelon Blind Hog found outside the garden today…
Blind Hog and Acorn had a full house the past week, and seven at the table for Thanksgiving! Visitors from Alberta, Canada and Texas, along with Badger and her beau for the holiday feasting.
Trips to see a couple goat ranches as well as a trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Acorn is happy with a clean house and fridge full of leftovers. Blind Hog already planning the next projects. Weather is going to be mild so that cannot be beat. End of November already? This is just crazy!