November 25, 2010

November 21, 2010

Update on Pepper

Some of you may remember our Nubian buck Pepper who first came to our farm last year as a bottle baby. If you missed that post you can read about it and see some baby pictures of Pepper by clicking here. What a cute baby he was!

It didn't take Pepper long to mature and start acting like a buck though, even at a quite young age. Even as young as he was he became infatuated with the female goats on the other side of the fence. Some of you may remember he let his hormones get the best of him and tried to jump a fence to get back to the gate where the does were but he did not quite make it and broke his leg. Of course this happened very late in the evening so my husband and I used what materials we had to splint his leg until we could get him to the vet the next morning. You can read all about that adventure here.

I thought an update on Pepper is way past due! This video was actually taken back in September but as you can see he is doing well! He did spent over six weeks with a splint on his leg but it did heal very well. If you did not know you could not tell he ever broke it. Does he still let his hormones get the best of him? Yes! He still paces and watches the female goats on the other side of the farm all the time. This is the reason I am having a little trouble putting some weight on him. Though Pepper did finally get his first "date" with a girl goat a couple weeks ago. For all of his hormone driven antics he was actually quite the goat gentleman and the doe was impressed. I guess all that practice "courting" his empty, over-turned food dish all over the pasture paid off. hehe

November 11, 2010

Thank You Veterans

America is founded on the principle of freedom, justice and liberty for all. I want to take this moment to thank our brave soldiers both retired and in active duty for their service and sacrifice for this country and all of our freedoms. I wish you and your families a safe and good Veteran's Day.

Reflections - Farm Photo of the Week

The goats take a stroll around the pond one winter day.

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November 02, 2010

Cute Goat Commercial and More Problems For Small Dairy Farms

Sorry for the lack of posts but I have been sick the last week or so. There are some new happenings on the farm and things I want to write about but for now I am going to have to leave you with this cute goat commercial. I don't really get what the goat or the frog is saying or even why the goat has a frog on her head (maybe I am not supposed too?) but it made me smile...between coughs and sneezes!

In MUCH LESS cute news, actually quite sad and scary news... the Henwhisperer writes about how the FDA is kicking around two family dairy farms. They can't sell their cheese and are at risk of going out of business, but she also provides info on what we can do to help! I don't know about how other people feel but these guns drawn, over the top raids on family farms and raw food stores sure put a very scary and dark cloud over the dream and prospect of starting a like farm enterprise or even the prospect of selling milk from our farm at some point in the future, even strictly with-in the guidelines of the law. I guess that is what they want though. Good, honest people just trying to make it on the family farm are treated like drug dealers. Very sad!