Updated: Nov 11, 2021
This Week on the Farm This Week on the farm, we have been working on more getting ready for Winter projects. Our hay arrived Saturday. What a relief that was for us. The goats love it!
The kids thought it was so cool they had turned part of the hay bale area into a Pirate ship; another part is a Unicorn and Fairy area. I love how their imaginations work.
We are still finding over a dozen eggs each day. We should be getting more, though due to the cold, the hens are slowing down but also, they keep finding new hiding places. Michael moved our pig A-frame, and 20 chickens were hiding inside, so we wonder if the pigs are finding the eggs before we can. Next year, we will have all of our hens in the hen house and let them out after laying eggs to collect them without a hunt each day.
I am looking forward to that. Michael is busy making our winter breeding pens for the goats as we are starting our breeding season here this weekend. I have my goats all paired up, and I look forward to seeing all the babies. I wonder whether we will have more bucklings or doelings. We have some beautiful moon spots I am hoping will be passed on. But more important than that are the milking lines we are trying to improve. I do have five to ten doe’s I plan to sell bred as the more I have looked at things and thought about things, these girls do not fit what I am looking for or are the breeds I want. So, if you are looking for a family milking goat, we may have a few girls who will be perfect for you. At this point, we could have fifty baby goats in the spring, and that is crazy to think about. I will consider keeping two new boys as I will be getting out of the dwarfs as they won’t be safe in our pastures with the fencing.
Our two oldest daughters have been milking now and then. We feel it great for them to know how to milk just in case. It has helped a lot when I have to leave town for my work, and they help Michael do more chores. Having a few extra milkmaids around is excellent. It will help when we have more than three goats in milk, and the kids are not in school. Next year we will invest in a goat milking machine. I have tried a few off of amazon and have not been happy with them. So, I need to look into more kinds, but the good ones are costly. I know it will pay for itself, but we have to save up more for it.
I got a great deal this week on Pumpkins and squashes for our animals. I traded my soaps for them, just like in the past, we traded for things we needed but did not have, and I loved it. See you Next Week! Our contact info https://www.northlanddairynd.com/ Julia Pugh 701-228-4425 Find us on FB, IG & Tiktok & our YouTube channel.