Archive for the ‘Goats’ Category

Goats 101 Class We are holding another Goats 101 class this weekend for those who couldn’t make it last weekend. It’s this Saturday morning (the 14th) at 10am. The cost is $40. We’ll demonstrate routine goat care so you know what goes into the day to day of caring for goats. You will also get […]

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  With three out of four does having kidded, and the fourth doe in the kidding pen now, it’s time to share a bit about this year’s kiddings! I’ll be posting more about goats soon: kidding, kids, milking, etc. Here I’ll recap Annie’s kidding experience. Annie was the second goat to kid. We had setup a […]

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This spring has been a busy time for goats! We’d had 3 kiddings so far,  and another kidding expected this week. Milking, bottle feeding, rotating the goats to fresh ground, and taking care of the does, means we’ve been enjoying a lot of goat goodness. With so many of you interested in having goats, this […]

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Spring is here and all of our purebred Alpine does are pregnant! They are expected to kid at the end of April, so we are taking reservations for their kids now. We are offering these kids as “bottle babies” so that they will have the most opportunity to bond with you on your farm/homestead and […]

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Weathering the Winter: Goats

If you live somewhere with seasons, you must plan accordingly with your livestock. Even when we’re not getting a record-breaking snowstorm, every fall we move our livestock and change our practices in preparation for winter weather. This is the first article in a series focusing on the winter weather practices we follow.  Each article will focus […]

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Here’s an overview of the livestock carrier we made for our truck bed. It works very well for transporting goats and pigs. Retail livestock carriers for truck beds cost several hundred dollars, and take up storage space when not in use. Our carrier was constructed for about $100 in supplies, and folds flat for storage. […]

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Along with much of the East Coast, we just endured a record-breaking snowstorm. When you live on a homestead with livestock, weather is a big deal. The livestock need to be cared for every day, and that means getting to them, and making sure they can get around, no matter what the weather. As we […]

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Fall Garden Cleanup

Its that time of year when you see everyone’s formerly green and bountiful garden turning brown and looking more like a jungle. We decided that rather than fight it, we’d embrace it and turn all that unused plant life into free feed for our goats! We put our two junior does into the garden and let […]

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We took a few videos of our new farm additions to share with you. The first is of our new AGH piglets… Here is a video of our new goat kid nursing as well as cameos from our other yearling does…   This last video is kind of a blooper video showing how you can […]

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We experienced a couple new births on the farm this week, our first goat birth and our first American Guinea Hog birth! Our first of two pregnant hogs farrowed six piglets the same day as our first pregnant American Alpine doe kidded her first doeling! Here’s a video of the newly born piglets: The piglets […]

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King of the Log [Video]

Our goats love to play out in the woods. Here they are playing “King of the Log”. Happy goats make healthy, delicious milk!

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Our newest goat additions love to help with morning chores! Check out this fun video of them running all over the farm, helping with the morning feeding chores!  

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Oh my goodness do we have some fun stuff going on at the homestead! All kinds of livestock fun has been going on, read about it below! Chicks! So Many Chicks! And Ducklings Too… Over the past few weeks we have had so many chicks! We’ve had laying hen chicks, meat chicken chicks, meat duck […]

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Goat Hayrack

We have a new hay rack for our goats! I made this out of scrap wood, horse fencing (2×4 holes), and some chicken wire. It’s about two feet wide, a food and half deep at the top, and two feet long. It hangs on baling twine that is tied to the wood frame, and clips onto the […]

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Oh my goodness goat kids are fun! We’ve really enjoyed our two new doelings over this past week and a half. They are milk fiends, sucking down their bottles in no time. Then they will romp around with us as we do farm chores, climbing on everything and exploring the world! Here’s a video so […]

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Goat Kids We have an adorable addition to the homestead, two goat kids! They are Alpine does, which we purchased from George’s Mill Farm. If you’re wondering why their ears look green, it’s because they were just tatooed before I brought them home. The lighter colored one was born on March 9th and the tan one on […]

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It’s been another busy week on the homestead. This morning we’ve been busy preparing for the pekin ducks that will arrive next week! Look forward to some delicious, healthy pastured duck meat to be available around the beginning of May. Love for Whispering Willow Lip Balm I recently tested the Whispering Willow Lip Balm we […]

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It’s been another chilly week here on the farm! While it feels like spring may never come, I remind myself that this cold weather means less pests will survive winter and be around to cause trouble in spring and summer. More Goats! This past week we added two more goats to the homestead! First I picked […]

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New Alpine Dairy Goat [Video]

Here are a couple of videos of our newest Alpine doe, acquired in January. When we get new livestock, we spend a lot of time feeding and interacting with the animal. We do this to build trust with the animal, which makes the animal easier to manage. Here are a couple of videos highlighting that […]

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Spring is Coming! It may not feel like it now, but spring is fast approaching! I can see it in the days that are getting progressively longer. Today we worked outside until 6:30pm, and it seems that not so long ago it was dark by 5pm. While we look forward to warmer weather, I know […]

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Even though it’s winter, we’ve been very busy around the farm! Here’s a summary of just some of the activities from the past few weeks: New Dairy Goat! Hello, my name is Adrienne, and I have a livestock problem. If you’ve been with us for a while, you may have heard us say 2015 is […]

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Goat Feeder Rack

Our goats usually are in our woods, rotationally grazing. This setup provides a pretty natural setting for them, which has numerous advantages. It combats intestinal parasites since the goats are moved to fresh ground frequently. It also provides them plenty of fresh, healthy feed (and lowers our feed costs). This grazing also provides them with […]

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Fencing for Goats

There’s a saying that if a fence won’t hold water, it won’t hold a goat. After having goats for a few months, I can see the wisdom there. We have had many incidents such as this: Luckily the goats will go anywhere for a cup of feed, so getting them to come back into a […]

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Goats: Trimming Hooves

The only routine maintenance goats really need is hoof trimming. Depending on how fast a particular goat’s hooves grow, and what surfaces the goat is walking on, its hooves need to be trimmed every month or two. We’ve found our goats need trimming about every month. Harley built us a pretty awesome milkstand to use […]

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This spring and summer were our first on the homestead, and we are very happy with how much we accomplished. We were able to begin producing some products to sell, chicken and eggs, but primarily this year was a foundational year of laying the groundwork for various endeavors. Meat Chickens In the spring we raised about […]

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