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This Week on the farm

This week on the farm, we built a hay feeder from an IBC tote. I found an image online of the idea I liked and showed it to Michael, and 30mins later, I had an excellent hay feeder that could hold three square bales. The goats and Bessy, our mini jersey, love the new feeder, and I love it because the hay is less likely to end up on the ground wasted. Also, this year I am not using round bales like I used last year. Last year we used our big round feeders, and the goats would just jump up on the bale and lay down and eat. So, this feeder is helping with this issue.

Milking has been going well, but a few of the girls had lower amounts this week, so they eat a bit more at milking time, and we feed hay to get their supply back up. They sure like the hay bales. The bucks are getting along better this week, and it is nice not to have them ramming each other around. I don’t think anyone is in heat, as it has been pretty quiet. I have lots of info written down now to watch and see if anyone else goes into heat or if any of the girls come back into heat.

I am working on getting a good supply of milk frozen as now that we will be having some births in Feb.-March, I will start drying my girls off in Jan., so they have a month or more to dry up and freshen their milk. We will have 18 doe’s giving birth this coming season, and we will have milk shares available come summer. We are excited to see all the babies. Sadly, a deep freezer I bought used does not work, so that was a bummer. I had planned that for milk, but now we are running low on space. So time to use up what is in the freezers to make room for filling them up more again. Michael has been doing a ton of homeschooling this week, which has been great. I have been able to get lots of other needed work done. It is fun to share the teaching times and help the kids with what we are best at. The kids agree mom is better at the art stuff, but they love when dad reads as he changes his voice great to match the characters. I love seeing each day how excited our kids get about lessons. Each has favorite classes, of course, but the older two girls have been reading up a storm, and I picked them up some new books to try from the Library, so they have been enjoying getting lost in the new worlds they are entering. We started our 4-H group and are looking for a few more families who would like to join. You do not have to live on a farm to join 4-H, so if your children are interested in learning about animals, sewing, making soaps, baking, and more, please let us know. We would love to have you join us on this adventure. Our contact info is www.bootsandhoovesacres.com Julia Pugh 701-228-4425. Find us on FB, IG & Tiktok & our YouTube channel.

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