Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Goat Stalls!

I needed my horse panels back for use with my horse, so my husband built me these new stalls.  They are made with lumber and hog panels.  We already had the hog panels from the stalls we had before (the hog panel was attached to the horse panels), so I just had to buy the lumber.  Luckily we had the gates from our farm in Texas, cause that would add alot of cost.  Glad my husband thought to bring them.  (We have heard that the buyers pulled up all the fencing anyway.  We just try not to think about the labor that was involved in putting all those pens in down there... )  It is nice to have gates that are easy to operate at chore time. 

I used another piece of hog panel to fashion hay feeders on the front panels of the pens.  There is some wastage of hay, but that's ok.  We haven't been able to find straw this year cause of the drought this summer, so the waste hay can double as bedding.  Another nice feature of the stalls is that the front panel is on hinges, so when I want to clean out the stall, I can open it up fully and scoop it out with the tractor.  To stablize the front panels when the stall is in use, there are stakes pounded into the ground.  Those can be removed to open the whole stall up.  I'm overall very pleased with these stalls. 

Nosey Girls

I climbed up to get some hay, and thought it would be good to get some arial shots. 
We have alot of vertical space.  I would be nice to use that some day.

We have three of these smaller pens.  They will be just right for kidding stalls.

The corner stall is quite large and comfortably holds several goats.

The 5th stall is also large - as large as two smaller stalls.
The larger stalls are great for pen breeding.

Nubians Pepper and Sarah
I'd like to have feeders on the front so I can feed grain from outside the pens too, but I couldn't make that work.  The goats want to stand on the front of their pens whenever I appear, and they mess up any feeders positioned on the front of the pen.  One goat did manage to get her head stuck.  I can't even describe how she did it.  She wanted to eat hay from the neighboring feeder, instead of her own.  You can trust a goat to find any weaknesses in your design.  My husband says "it's always something with these goats."  I say "there's always more to learn."

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fall is time for SOUP!

 
Fall is here!  Such a beautiful time of year in Indiana!

 
This shot isn't of our farm, but the view from our front porch.  The harvest is in!

 
The pasture is planted and established pretty well.  We should have grazing next year!

 
There is nothing better than eating food you grew yourself.  I don't know why it tastes better, but it does!  I'm not big into cooking, but I am pretty talented at making soups.  Last night we had sweet potato bisque made with sweet potato, onion, and goat milk from our farm, and apples from an orchard right down the road.  Mmmmm, delicious with fresh baked banana bread!
 
Here's my recipe:
 
Sweet Potato Bisque
1 giant sweet potato (2 lbs)
2 medium apples
1 medium onion
3 cloves garlic
2 TBS butter
2 cups goat milk
Water as needed
Spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, curry powder, salt
I make this in a large cast iron skillet.  Peel the sweet potato and cut it into 1 inch cubes.  Cook the cubes in the skillet over medium heat with the butter and a cup of water.  Add water as needed during the cooking time to keep about  a cup in the bottom of the skillet.  Peel and chop the apples into cubes and add to the skillet.  Chop the onion and add to the skillet.  Mince the garlic and add to the skillet.  Add cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, curry and salt over the top.  About a teaspoon of each give or take – I just shake it out over the vegetables.  Cook until all the vegetables are soft.  Remove the vegetables and puree in a food processor or blender, and return to the skillet.  (A few chunks is ok.) Then add the goat milk and stir until combined and the soap is thoroughly warm.  This should be a thick puree soup.  Garnish with green onion and cheddar cheese, and serve with banana bread!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Blondie - Should he stay or should he go?


 
Trying to prepare a sales list to get my herd numbers down, and I just can't decide on Blondie.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Marcie - And We're Done!

Our little scrapper Marcie from 2011 now has a buckling and a doeling of her own.  These our 5th generation kids out of Nosey.  This is our last kidding of the year!





Valentine

4th Generation Valentine kidded today with 3rd generation doelings out of King David.  Valentine is a 2011 kid.

Love those twin doelings :)




Thursday, June 14, 2012

KelliAnn

 KelliAnn is a 75/25 1st Generation Mini Nubian born last year.  She just kidded with a buckling and a doeling out of Nosey.  These are 2nd generation kids.  The ears are phenomenal for 2nd generation!  I don't have a good shot of KelliAnn's udder.  It's best quality is it is soft and easy to milk.  She's a good little mother.

Laura Mae

"Red"

Pepper's Udder

I know I'm biased, but I just love this doe's udder!  THIS is what we want to see on our Mini Nubians!  (Pepper is a first freshening purebred Nubian.  The babies are first generation Mini Nubians.)




Thursday, June 7, 2012

Czar's Pepper

Well Pepper freshened, and she has the nicest udder I have ever had in my herd!  All the parts are present and in the right position.  She's going to make a positive impact on her herd.  I'm giving all the credit to her Pruittville daddy.  I just don't know as much about mamma's side of the pedigree, but there are some good herd name in there as well.
http://adgagenetics.org/GoatDetail.aspx?RegNumber=N001572852

She had two first generation bucklings out of Wildheart.  My daughter is in love with the red and white one.  *Sigh* Not that we really need to retain *another* buck.  It is tempting though with this pedigree.





Sunday, April 22, 2012

Black Beauty

Beauty freshened last Thursday with first generation kids out of Swashbuckler.  The buckling didn't get too much breed character unfortunately.  The doeling is a little better.  The buckling is for sale for $75 if taken within the first month.

Ginger



Merrylegs

Merrylegs freshened a little over a week ago as Sabbath was starting, a buck and a doe out of King David, so I named the buck King Solomon and the doe Challah.  These kids are 3rd generation.  I am very pleased with the breed character.  Both have the blue eyes we all like so much.  I am thinking of selling King David and going forward with King Solomon.  If anyone is interested in a two year old buck, take a look at him on my buck page.

Challah

King Solomon


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Strawberry

Strawberry freshened on Friday - triplets!  2 doelings and a buckling!  They are the cutest things ever - what else can I say?  I have no objectivity with newborns.

We've been calling the little buckling Pooh Bear.

Chocolate Bunny
Moon Pie
This is a fancy little gal.  I'm very please.  Wish she would have got the blue eyes too, but that is the way it goes.

Candy Cane

Candy freshened a week and a half ago with twins, a buck and a doe, out of Nosey.  These are 3rd generation Mini Nubians.  We've been calling the buckling Teddy, and the doeling Skittle.  It is going to be very hard to get me to sell a doeling.  I actually prefer to sell first fresheners after they freshen, so I can see their udders and production.  I really enjoy watching the babies grow.  Candy is giving me just over a pound right now in addition to feeding these two rapidly growing kids.  I estimate she is producing 3 lbs right now.  Her milk appears to be very high in butterfat.  I can't wait to get a test run on it to know the actual percentage.  Here are photos of Candy's udder (a week past freshening) and her babies (newborn and week old photos):


Newborn Teddy
Week Old Teddy
I strongly suspect those black strips will be very black in the winter.  Nosey has a black under coat that comes out in the winter and shed in the summer leaving him mostly brown.

Newborn Skittle
Week Old Skittle

Bucking for Herd Queen - look at all that daylight between the front legs - nice!