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Well, it is fair to
say that kidding season has arrived! We were honestly starting
to wonder if those does were ever going to start kidding, but
once they started it has been nothing short of chaos and
confusion on a daily basis in the barn. That could be partly
because we (and by ‘we’ I mean Shaun, Helen, Lorrie and
all the critters) do chores by routine. We are barely
awake in the morning, so the comfort of everyone knowing exactly
what they are supposed to do without too much thought or effort
is necessary for survival—well, that and a lot of coffee!
Anyway, when you have 6 or 7 new milkers inside the space of
three or four days, it is really hard to remember who you are
supposed to milk. I know it shouldn’t seem (and doesn’t sound)
that difficult, but honestly, it is a struggle. I have to run
down the white board to make sure I haven’t forgotten anyone!
Sad, but true!
This is always the
exciting group of kiddings for us. They are the first
fresheners and we get to see how the girls have transformed from
funny energetic kids into beautiful graceful milkers. It always
amazes me how they just know what their job is supposed to be.
It usually only takes one or two times through the routine and
they are at the gate and waiting to come out and give their
daily contribution to the farm efforts! Goats are really
remarkable and I am grateful every day for being able to care
Today has been
stunning. On one of my many trips up to the barn or out to feed
babies (who knows which…the whole day has been a bit of a blur
of colostrum and soggy babies…and other things that I won’t
mention here…) I noticed how (almost overnight) the grass has
gotten greener. The Daphne is loaded with blooms and I caught a
whiff of it on one of the aforementioned treks to the kids
barn. This time of the year is absolutely intoxicating for
me-even with the soggy babies and colostrum stained jeans…..and
the other ‘things’.
am not really sure how it happens, but we can spend almost the
entire winter in a semi-comatose state and then, just as soon as
things start to get really exciting in the barns, our creative
juices start going about the farm…when we have absolutely no
time what-so-ever to be exploring new ideas much less
implementing them…but that is when they seem to come to us.
This year is no different: look for a new website soon (maybe)
and we will keep you posted as we develop our plans for a few
new and exciting things that we are hoping to do this year.
Sometimes I feel like the farm is our creative canvas and we are
simply artists that will never quite be satisfied with the final
painting; it will always be in need of just one more little
detail or one more splash of color, but life changes and we want
to continue farming, so that might mean that we need to make
some changes too. It is exciting…I turn 50 this year (yes, I
really just admitted that in public despite my personal anxiety
about it) and I have decided that it is time that I ‘find’
myself. The 50’s are supposed to be the best years of our lives
and Shaun and I are planning to make it so—although, he has a
bit of a head start on me! :) We intend to do as much as we can
for as long as we can with this beautiful piece of property that
we have the privilege of living on, so as long as the ideas keep
coming, we will do our best to explore their merit and make them
Don't forget, we have
some great events coming up nearby this month that we hope everyone will plan to attend.
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.
Best get back out to
the barn and see if we have anymore new tots waiting for us.
Until next month, we hope everyone enjoys a special Valentine ’s
Day with your sweetie-hug a lot, it is good for your soul! Happy
kidding and lambing and let’s get seeds going in the greenhouse!
Peace and Blessings,
Shaun & Lorrie