This Week on the Farm

This Week on the Farm This week on the farm, we had some sad news. We had a few goats we got in 2021 that were not in the best of health, and I was doing everything to get them to get in better health, and they were doing better this fall. But they did not grow a thick goat-like our other goats, and sadly, we lost two of our goats in the last week. One was our young Billy and one of our mama’s. This was a massive loss for us, and we are so sad that this has happened. I have a few people on Facebook around the state, and a few lost a few already this winter as well. Everyone else is doing well and looking great, and we are trying to move ahead and keep our chins up and do the best we can. And I have learned many lessons from buying the animals we have purchased. For example, I see a goat, and I thought it was pretty or cute or was told it was good at getting milked and then come to find out they did not milk well, or the health was just not excellent when we got them home started seeing the animals. So when I buy any new animals, I will change to look at them, touch them, and ask for paperwork to show they are a healthy herd and not just take their word.

I am considering selling some of my female goats due in April-May as they are not the breeds that will produce the most milk, and they may not be the friendliest. Some love a goat who does not want all the scratches, but I do not want to have to keep trying to catch a goat. So, I have 5-10goats who I will be listing for sale either now or when they are in milk. We shall see how that goes. It is sad to see any go, but I have been thinking about what I want our business to be with the goats, and some do not meet our goals. They are great goats, but If some of my goats can give 1-3 gallons a day and some can only give 3cups to ½ a gallon a day, it makes sense for those smaller producers to go to a family who needs a smaller amount of milk each day. An excellent site to see this week was our mini pony out just laying in the straw bale, enjoying one of the more beautiful days we had. The pigs have chosen their straw and hay bale as their home. It is so funny to watch them all come out at feeding time.

It is fun to watch them out the kitchen window eating well while washing dishes. It makes washing dishes more enjoyable, as we all know it is not a fun job.

We are so ready for summer; we are prepared not to haul 5-gallon buckets of water anymore. We are looking forward to letting the animals out in a nice grassy area and having lots of beautiful babies running around and chickens out and eating all the bugs—OO, the things we wish for in the wintertime.

See you Next Week! Our contact info is Julia Pugh 701-228-4425. Find us on FB, IG & Tiktok & our YouTube channel.

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