Our local NPR station is doing its pledge drive this week. One of my cleaning clients told me about a premium they had of a breeding to a registered Toggenburg buck at a local dairy for a $50 donation. Guess who donated.
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I probably don’t have to tell you it’s been cold lately. If you live most anywhere in North America, you know.
Here in Missoula, we had fairly mild temperatures and very little precipitation for the entire month of January. When the mid west and east coast were talking Polar Vortex, I was unfazed. It wasn’t here.
Oh, but February hadn’t happened yet. Yes, the vortex was just late getting here, but it came. Yesterday’s low on the thermometer was -19. With windchill it was around -35. And snow. We got about a foot of snow last week.
Our chicken coop isn’t heated because we rarely get temperatures below 0 and we intentionally have hardy chicken breeds. But with those wind chills, it was too much for one of our roosters.
When I feed the goats in the mornings, it’s still dark. Most mornings that isn’t a problem. They would be up and calling for their food. The last few mornings, I had to go into the shed and plead with them to come out. Last night I bribed them with extra grain. They really don’t want to bother getting up. It’s just too cold.
It isn’t *supposed* to get below 0 tonight, but the actual temperatures have been colder than the projected ones… so we will see. Maybe slightly less cold is on the horizon.
Bundle up out there, kiddos.
My doe Nellie has a cold. I went out to feed and she didn’t want to come out of the shed. The other 2 girls went right to the food, but I called and called and she wouldn’t even put her head out. She finally came out when I went in the pen. Her nose sounds stuffed. It’s -2 outside. Wonderful.
I found a recipe, today I’m making caramels. The chewy kind. I hope I don’t burn them!
Also, I still haven’t mastered yogurt yet which is really frustrating because I love yogurt! I have been trying to get it right for 3 years. i have had maybe 2 really good batches. It is usually too runny. Like, almost still milk runny. I know goats milk makes thinner yogurt, but this isn’t right. But, I did read last week that pasteurizing helps because killing all the natural bacteria helps give room for the yogurt bacteria to grow. I always use raw milk, so that may be a thing I try. I don’t want to use powdered milk because ew.
If any of my goaty followers has advice, I would love to hear it!
The sound of a mother goat wailing in agony over her lost baby is something truly heartbreaking. If you think animals don’t feel, I dare you to sit with a mourning doe. It will make you cry.
Baby goat gets a new home today. I better go cuddle while I can.
Farming for three days in a row, going on four. It’s like summer, or something.
Gotta keep this up, spent 8 hours wrestling sheep today and my back is in a ginat knot but I feel great.
Wrestling small ungulates is always my favorite way to start the day. I love the smell of mud stain in the morning!