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This week on the farm

This week we have had excellent and challenging moments on the farm. On Dec. 31st, we welcomed four new baby goats to the farm. Three females and one significant buckling, At first, I thought these four babies belonged to the alpine mama. But after bringing them in, warming them all up, and looking them over in a better light, we released two of these babies that were not like the other two. They had Nubian ears, and we went out to the barn to look for which mom had her babies. It was Darlin, our Mini Nubian, who had them. She gave birth right next to the alpine and must have gone to get a drink of water once they had laid down. We sure were glad to realize it was her. She is a great milker. She had already given them her first milk and was ready to be milked later in the day with our other mamas.

The sad news is that we have had a few moms start to bleed. They had not bagged up and showed no signs of birth. Sadly, they lost their babies, which can happen, and it is always sad. We gave them molasses water just like we do the moms right after birth to provide them with more energy, and we have been watching them closely, and they seem to be doing better at the end of the week. So we have five beautiful baby goats getting bottle-fed and milking four goats twice a day. It has been a fun week. We have a vehicle working, and it has been great to run and do what we need, and it has been great to get to pick up some shifts. We for sure do not live a boring life. But, if anything, we could use a few laid-back days now and then. The kids are also done with our Christmas break and still choose to do some schoolwork during their break. The best part of homeschooling is that many things are a lesson, like taking care of baby goats and helping struggling mamas in their time of need. Our 2nd daughter loves to read, and she and I stayed reading one of my favorite books together until midnight. We both were feeling it the next day, but she said it was worth reading such a good book. I am not a good influence sometimes, ha-ha. This is a naughty habit of my inability to close a book. Could it be worse right? The other kids fell asleep early on in the story, so it was excellent for her and me to spend one-on-one time doing something we both enjoy.

Michael celebrated his birthday this week, and I celebrated 25 years since being diagnosed with cancer. So, we sure have a lot to be thankful for this week! I hope you all had a great week as well. 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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