IT'S BABY GOAT SEASON!
Here is how to properly dip a baby goats umbilical to prevent infection.
Its been 2 years since the 'BIG MOVE' from the White Mountains to phoenix... but will we finally be able to get back to our roots this year??
Its March. The world is falling apart at the seems with fear over a virus called 'Covid-19'. If you lived through Y2K this one takes the cake. Grocery stores shelves are empty... at first people bought out all the toilet paper they could. They bought it by the cart-full and the pallet! Then when the toilet paper ran out (generating even more fear as people were told to prepare to self-quarantine themselves for up to 14 days), other essentials began to disappear. Cleaning products, bleach, baby necessities, bread, canned goods.. then came meat, and milk hoarding. As the wheels blew off the crazy train, businesses and restaurants were forced to shut down across the country. National guard deployed to enforce closures of public areas, and curfews.
To be fair, the Ebolla and H1N1 viruses (much more severe, with higher death rates) didn't illicit as much attention as this 'NEW' Chinese virus that over took the world. Heard mentality had never been so well documented either! Fear stoked by mis-information and terrified news broadcasters grew to new heights as the wild fire spread and paralyzed the world.
I watched comfortably on my patio, sitting above the storm, and realized that the life I had lived for the last 5 years had prepared me for this moment and I was entirely at peace. And if you are a reader of the bible.. the word teaches you that the strong and the calm who stand before the storm are supposed to inspire people... well. My firmness surely inspired lol! I think it drove even more people into a frenzy as they pondered why I wasn't affected at all.
But to be honest I was affected by them. I longed even more for the solitude, and peace of the wilderness. And deeply yearned to return to our simple life. With my husbands health seemingly under control, we both longed to return to a more rural lifestyle again. The city life never fit us well to begin with, and seeing the chaos really helped to affirm our need to move. Perhaps if their was more community, perhaps if their was more reason and level headed-thinking we could have endured longer... but this was a tipping point for us both.
As it was, when my husband was sick, I prayed that we would find healing. And be strong enough to do what ever it took to find it. That resulted in the painful decision to disperse the entire herd and sell everything but our lumpy old bed to make the move back down to the city... so, I am well aware now to be careful of what you pray for! But, I found myself unable to sleep at night. Waking up at 1am just to pray myself back to sleep. The need to leave the city and return to our self-sufficient life was emergent. The fear of the people around me was making me quite bitter, and causing my husband a lot of stress as well (being that he worked with the public hands on during this time).
So, we picked an area we felt would suit our needs, and now.. we are looking for our very first home! We have been pretty nomadic our whole lives, never staying in one place for very long.. so the thought of having a permanent home is both exciting as it is frightening! Praying that Abba blesses our path, and that we will find a suitable home in the place we chose.. but we are open of course to His suggestions ;)
We have tried just about EVRYTHING, and since its that time of the year, when people are starting to think about getting a few babies to start raising goats, I figured it was time to write a short blog on the different types of fencing, our experience, and what worked best!
We have an announcement on our home page, but just incase you missed it.... 'Dawn Star Ranch is NO LONGER operational. Due to family health issues we were forced to move. We have completely dispersed the herd, and have turned the page on to a new chapter in our exciting lives.
Many of our customers, while we are thankful that they have purchased from us, purchased their goats with registrations...but NEVER fulfilled their commitment to transfer their goats into their names; this being in DIRECT BREACH of our sales contract!
As a result we have updated our sales policy in the event we will be able to start up another herd. Those who never transferred the registration of our goats into their names have also been BLACK LISTED, we will NEVER sell you another goat in the future. We will not offer any information/support to those herds as well.. AND will NOT be offering any referrals to these herds. Any animals in/ out of state claiming to be from our herd must have registration with transfer of ownership to the new owners name, and be tattooed to confirm their origin. Anyone selling, attempting to sell animals under our farm name without proper documentation and ID on the animals is committing fraud and WILL BE REPORTED.
We will still offer referrals for people serious about raising and showing High Quality Miniature LaManchas from other spectacular herds out of state.
So you've disbudded all your goats, but wait--is that a horn?? NOPE that is a 'scur.' In this blog we are going to touch up on scurs, what they are, and what you can do about them...
Scurs modeled by VCH SunCatcher Ascension 'Ace' before his were removed.
Everyone has an opinion on the subject. So here is our two cents....
Spring is almost here, and there are TONS of advertisements for "Lagerians," "Mini Nubians," "Alpine Nigerian crosses", and the list goes on. So, are these really miniature dairy goats?? Lets find out before you buy that cute blue-eyed, floppy eared 'mini.'
This is a collection of ideas on how to make the most out of your herd, and help off-set operation costs of your Homestead. Some we have tried, and some.. we are working toward trying.
After our experience starting out, I feel its important to share the cost of raising goats-- so that buyers can be a bit more informed, and make better purchasing choices for the animals they want to include on their farm. This is part 1 of a blog series, and is an Introduction to help you get the most out of your herd.....
So, what do Pigeons eat anyway? After all, on a homestead feed is 90% of the operation costs. So, having specialized feed for every species is really counter productive. In this Blog we are going to explore feed requirements and options for Homestead Pigeons.
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