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Happy New Year, farm
…and it seems that again, I am a bit tardy with my monthly
greeting. New Year’s resolution #15: be timelier with farm
website updates. You can all be my accountability partners!
We’ll see how I do.
Shaun and I spent
January 1 ,2015 doing our annual farm review and planning, and I
have to say, we were pretty pleased with how 2014 shaped up for
us and equally excited about how 2015 was looking. It is going
to be a great year!
The funny (and
somewhat difficult) thing about starting a farm from scratch is
that you work every year to just get to the point of
‘maintenance’; you know what I mean; that point when you kind of
have things the way you want them-everything seems to click
along like clockwork year after year without much shuffle or
change and it seems to work fairly well. To be honest, I am not
sure that we will ever get to ‘maintenance’, but we are closer
to having things clicking along fairly trouble-free. Oh sure,
there are always those things that could be improved upon and
updated or changed and made better, but for the most part, we
slid into the winter season more prepared than we have ever been
before and here we are knee-deep in January and we aren’t
itching for the nice weather so that we can fix everything that
isn’t working right. I know it might not seem like much to
most, but that is major progress! Golly, we might actually get
this farm kinda done some day!
Last week started
kidding season. As always, we have our new mommies and anyone
that was a
milk-through from the previous year due on or about
mid-January. Typically we have the coldest, nastiest, most
horrible weather to contend with and we find ourselves wondering
who’s hair-brained idea it was to breed those goats in
mid-August, but not this year. It might as well have been an
April morning it was so beautiful. Dry, warm, spectacular
sunrise…the kind of day that you can’t wait to get to the barn
rather than dragging yourself through the miserable weather only
to find wet, cold babies waiting for you. What a gift. A great
way to start the year…so great that it makes me a little worried
about what we have in store.
The barn is currently
full of moaning and groaning girls. It is a symphony of
discomfort and we are anxious for them to birth out those babies
so we can get some milk rolling again. This time of the year is
such a struggle trying to stretch every drop of precious milk
into two for all of our valued customers. We always are so
grateful of the understanding that comes from our loyal crew.
They get it and know that we will get them going as soon as we
can. Admittedly, the hard part of that equation is that our
‘vacation’ of once a day milking is going to come to a
screeching halt, and let me tell you, we have THOROUGHLY enjoyed
our vacation this year. Hunkered down in front of the fire
reading books in the evening is a welcome change after the
busyness of summertime.
On-tap for the coming
month; we hope everyone will plan to attend the
Oregon Dairy Goat Conference February 21st.
Please don’t hesitate to chat with us for a bit and fill us in
on what is happening on your farm. We always like to hear about
what people have going on.
OSU Small Farms
Conference is February 28th. Also another very
good opportunity for learning and getting ideas for your own
WSU Ag Biz series is going on and if you are interested in
playing out the business end of your farm enterprise, please
contact the Small Acreage Program for more information on this
class series. The Women In
Ag conference is also happening on February 21st
and is a fabulous networking and learning opportunity. Remember
folks, this is the time of the year for learning, gathering
ideas and getting excited about what you can do on your farm.
So, until next month,
here’s hoping your hens are starting to lay eggs, the does are
kidding trouble-free, the ewes pick beautiful evenings to give
birth and the longer days fill your soul with hopeful energy for
the coming year.
Peace and Blessings,
Shaun & Lorrie