It has been a rough summer here at Still Waters Farm. Texas is having one of the worst droughts on record with record triple digit temperatures. We have no pasture left. All our livestock are on dry lots and are eating hay. Gracias a Dios! We have been able to get hay. I'm hopeful maybe we can have another rye grass pasture this winter, but we'll have to see. I has been harder to sell surplus kids this year, and I suspect the drought and economy have alot to do with it. The classifieds are bursting with animals folks are unloading. I did however manage to sell enough to bankroll the aquistion of 3 new Nigerian Dwarf bucks, and 3 new Nubian does. I forge ahead!
I've spent alot of time contemplating the direction of my Mini Nubian herd. I've been considering which goals are vanity goals and which are truly important. For example, is it really desirable to have goats with high production if they overproduce - that is produce more than a set of kids can use? Or is it better to have goats that produce less but are lower maintence? What are these goats to be used for? What is the market I wish to serve? What are the needs of the market? What are my needs?
I've been thinking about:
Numbers, Herd Reduction
In future weeks, I plan to update the website with our goals or mission statement and updated photographs of the herd. Breeding season is here, and it is time to decide who to breed to whom. A breeding plan will also be put up. Farming is a hopeful occupation, even when things are rough, we continue to believe it will be better next year.