Sunday, April 16, 2017

Babies, babies everywhere, It must be SPRING!

Yes my friends, spring is a time of renewal on the farm.  Winter rains cleanse the air, rain moistens soil, seeds germinate and bring forth new life.  SO is the way of things in the animal world too.  So far we have seven new babies this month.  There are a few more does yet to kid before this season is over, and milk test has just begun.

That means show season is also just around the corner, it begins right before our region's linear appraisal.  It's going to be very busy around here for a while and we like it like that.

Here are a few photos of the new kids.  I hope you find them as cute as we do.

Goldie and her new triplets, 2 does, one buck

Elation and her single buck kid Pre-Nup

Macarena and her doe/buck twins

I will share pics of Addy and her beautiful son soon too.



Monday, January 26, 2015

Jerry's DIY Goat Feeder Plans


Howdy FarmGirls!  

My hubby Jerry is always ready to make my farm dreams come true.  That is especially true when I need another structure to house or feed farm babies.


Last year our herd more than doubled in size and I decided that I needed a strong feeder for my dairy goats. A feeder with a roof to keep the hay dry, and with enough vertical structure to prevent grass hay from slipping through and being stepped on.


Within a few hours Jerry built me this wonderful feeder. He made most of it from scraps and a few lengths of cull lumber from a home improvement store.


This feeder has been a great help.  I have a few more on my list once our new buck barn is finished.  


Here is a drawing I made from my feeder, complete with measurements.  


Please feel free to use the plan to construct your own feeders, and by all means SHARE this post.  I'd really appreciate if you would send me photos/link of your feeder once it's made too.  

DIY IS FREEDOM!  These feeders cost almost $300 around here to BUY.  Jerry built this one using recycled wood, steel, and $7 in culled lumber for the slats.  

Save your money to buy more goats!  That's my motto.  

Heidi

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

You're Invited to a Party!

Calling All 
FARMGIRLS!  


We are having a party and you are cordially invited to JOIN our Facebook group (Farmgirl Chit Chat) and to LINK UP your blog for our new Farmgirl Chit Chat Blog Party!

What are you waiting for???



Saturday, January 24, 2015

HANDCRAFTED GOAT MILK SOAP PRODUCT REVIEW

CRANBERRY RIDGE FARM
Luxury Goat Milk Soap
When Matt and Rhonda Shaul of Cranberry Ridge Farm offered me the opportunity to review several of their amazing goat milk soap bars I JUMPED at the chance!


They've been making their very special luxury soap bars for more than a decade, and they've crossed this great country doing it.  Read about their incredible farm journey on their website HERE.


My Review-
Jerry and I have used their soaps exclusively over the past 6 weeks. Jerry's favorite has been their bar- The Anvil's Ring (image above)Its scent is reminiscent of balsam and leather.  Our weather has been very cold and dry so far this winter.  Jerry loves the fragrance and tells me that the soap has comforted his dry skin and chapped hands.  He wants more as soon as possible.

I have a small herd of nigerian dwarf dairy goats.  Daily chores are very drying, especially at this time of year.  I have to use strong cleansers and disinfectants to prepare and clean up after milking. My hands often become dry,cracked, and sore in winter months from all the chemicals and frequent washings. 

I have enjoyed Cranberry Ridge Farm's Lavender, Lemongrass, and Lavender Patchouli bars. All three soaps have been very nourishing to my overworked skin.  I could see and feel a positive difference in my skin's texture and moisture in just about a week.  


My impression of their Lavender bar is that it has a very pleasant, lavender fragrance.  This bar is not too strongly scented, which is common for this scent.  It is attractive and would make a lovely gift.  It cleanses well and does not leave a film on your skin or in the shower as many of the handcrafted bars I have purchased have done.  


The Lavender Patchouli bar smells amazing.  It's musky with the calming lavender fragrance blended into it.  This fragrance is calming and relaxing.  I will definitely need more of this one too.


My FAVORITE so far is the Lemongrass bar.  The smell is so pure and invogorating.  It wakes me up and puts a smile on my face!  

There you have it.  I recommend these goat milk soaps. I send a BIG thank you to Matt and Rhonda Shaul of Cranberry Ridge Farm for giving me several bars to use and enjoy.

Heidi

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lily Goes Reserve Grand Champion at Chino LVDGA Show



In our first show of the year, our foundation doe Joyful Hearts Lily of the Valley, a two year old, 2nd freshener, and dam of the first kids born to Tres Rios Farm (quad boys this spring) won her class in Ring 3 of the Lost Valley Dairy Goat Association and went on to take Reserve Grand Champion too.  

This was a VERY competitive show with no less than 27 does in her class.  

We are very proud of our herd queen.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

kidding season arrives


On Monday, March 31, 2014, our nigerian dwarf doe "Lily" gave birth to four healthy bucklings.  I was with her as she kidded, though she did not need any help from me this time.  She pushed all four babies out in just seven minutes and was standing up to greet and feed them as soon as she was done.  

These boys are the first born on our farm and will carry our herd name.  They all weighed in above three pounds at birth.  

Hello Tigger!  

We are in the ADGA Performance Plus Program this year which means we are participating in milk test, we are having the whole herd linear appraised, and we are proofing DNA for our herd leaders.  Show season is just around the corner too.  This summer is going to be really exciting, and a big learning experience for us.

We need to settle on names this week and get these boys registered so they'll be ready for all these adventures.

Sweet Dreams

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Our FIRST Farm Visit from the Vet


Last week we had our first on site farm visit from our new veterinarian.  It was a real learning experience.

My does had sonograms.  Lily is ripe, carrying atleast two babies.  I got to see their little fast pounding heartbeats on the sonogram screen.  That was so cool.

The whole herd had physicals and had their annual lab tests and fecals.

Our Vet called me back yesterday to share the great news.  The herd's fecals were clean.  All CAE and CL test results were negative as well.

The best part for me, the new goat herd owner, was having the vet tell me that she loved our goat house and yard.  It was the cleanest she's seen, and my herd have excellent body conditioning.  Even with Miss Lily pregnant she still looks great.  Thanks to those great Joyful Hearts/Rosasharn genetics.

They came to me starting in April of last year from healthy, established herds, and it feels good knowing that my hard work is keeping them healthy.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Moving Day on the Farm


The goats and I have been waiting patiently for several months for this very special day at Tres Rios Farm. They moved in to the new Goat House yesterday.


We've still got a few kinks to work out in the arrangement of stalls, who goes where, how to set up what- where, but I can say that everyone is resting well and enjoying their new larger, warmer, more secure home tonight.


Jerry and I also made great progress today in the yard.  We disassembled the old goat yard and began tilling and scraping the new goat pasture area.  We ordered a few bags of pasture seed mix for small ruminants and are prepping the soil on about an acre of relatively flat hillside for our new goat pasture.


We've got big plans for our little farm this year. We joined the ADGA Performance Plus Program for the first time.  I got my tester certification card this week, and am preparing for our first year on milk test.  Our veterinarian will be making a farm call next week for routine physicals, sonograms on our two pregnant does, and annual herd testing.  Things are sure going to be exciting around here for a while, and then begins SHOW season... Oh, and BABY WATCH is just around the corner!!!

Have a HAPPY week friends.  

Thursday, February 6, 2014

FARMGIRL PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT NOW!!!



That's right!  All day today I am posting clues hourly.  PRIZES every hour!  

All you need to do is HOP on over and JOIN the group if you haven't yet had a chance, and SHARE your favorite photos that match our clues.  What could be simpler than that?  

Whatcha waiting for?  Hope to see ya there!  HERE'S THE LINK!


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Wow. That's Moving FAST.

The GOAT BARN continues to take shape
 thanks to my boys
when finished, it will be home to my little herd 
 My boys have managed to construct most of this barn from recycled construction materials found here at the farm
Everything but the nails, roof boards, and exterior plywood siding on the back are re-purposed.  The siding on front and the two sides is re-purposed fencing from the back yard.

If the weather holds out, we may have goats inside sleeping in another week or so.  

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Friday on the Farm

My boys have been busy the last few days working on a goat barn for my herd.







Babies, babies everywhere, It must be SPRING!

Yes my friends, spring is a time of renewal on the farm.  Winter rains cleanse the air, rain moistens soil, seeds germinate and bring forth ...