Monday, August 16, 2010

Time to Write Again and New ND Babies

My writing and posting always fall by the wayside among the many chores that have to be done everyday-feeding, milking, watering, fixing fence, loading for market, unloading from market, cleaning, paperwork-well, you get the picture! I am hoping to use the blog as a way to give those interested a little insight into the daily workings of the farm. What goes on everyday, what products are available that week, what is coming up and where we are headed.

Today was spent on some farm planning-the what direction we are going in part. Taking stock of where things stand now, where we want to go from here and how to get there. In the middle of the planning and note taking and organizing, I decided to take a break and walk the pastures and check the grass growth and types. ALL of the animals came along-12 goats, 16 sheep, 2 horses, 2 pigs and 1 donkey!

Well, the extra excercise then induced Sally Jo ( one of the Nigerian Dwarf goats) to go into labor. So back to the barn we all headed! I fixed her up a private stall with a thick bed of straw and she got right to work. A half hour later there were two gorgeous bucks. One shot out like a rocket while she was still standing up-funniest thing I have ever seen. The other came out and landed on his back with all four feet in the air-and just laid there. When he finally decided to try and turn over, he just curled up and took a nap. Most babies cry and try and stand to nurse. Not, him, he took a half hour power nap THEN got up and nursed. So we now have Rocket and Sleeper!