This week on the farm has been a mix of many things. We worked on the milking house, and Michael took the back area off of it. We got the milk house empty of everything in it for years. We got it on a few very long posts to get it ready to be moved over next to our barn. I went and bought an Alpine Billy who won at the state fair. His milking genes are top of the line. I am so excited to see what his daughters’ udders look like. I plan to keep a few of his daughters next year. We let him be with the females when we brought him home. So, births will start In February. We have already seen some breeding, so those have been marked down. Our Dwarf Billy is unhappy about having the new Billy goat here as our dwarf also likes the taller ladies.
The buck on the trailer One of our fears about the barbwire has already been seen. We will have to add two more rows as not only can the miniature goats get out some of them the more full-size goats can. They went through the back pen with woven wire on three sides and met up to the barbed wire on the north side. Well, the goats got out into our planted field. So, we will have to do more fencing. Yay so excited for that. We also celebrated a birthday this week. Hard to believe our oldest is twelve already. Time sure flies. She picked making chocolate chip sandwich cookies instead of a cake this year. It was fun to do something different, and we had a blast making them as a family. I have been asked a lot lately if I have eggs for sale. Unfortunately, the answer at this time is no. I need to clean my coop, fence a smaller area off for the birds, and clip all their wings so they won’t fly over the fence. I love free-ranging my birds. I believe this is the best thing for them and us, but I do not get eggs as they keep changing where they lay whenever I find a new spot.
I transplanted my mulberry trees and my elderberry bushes into bigger pots. These have been inside and doing great. I am glad I did not have them outside, as the orchard was not safe—another thing to add to our list better gates with better hooks. The area where my milking building has been for years down the road from my house will be where I will plant a huge garden next year.
I look forward to using more of our land, not just the main yard area, as we have since we moved to this land. I have huge plans for my garden next year and working on our high tunnel paperwork to get that going very soon. The list of stuff to do is never ending, we get one thing checked off, and it seems we have added a dozen new items to the list. Well, that is life, isn’t it? I hope you are all doing well, and I hope you are doing something you enjoy for yourselves.
See you Next Week! Our contact info is www.bootsandhoovesacres.com Julia Pugh 701-228-4425. Find us on FB, IG & Tiktok & our YouTube channel.