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Milking goats

We have some farmer friends, the Beans, who own a small herd of dairy goats.  When our friends took a few days away from their farm we were happy to farm sit.  We have fed their goats in the past, but this was the first time the goats were in milk.  Doesn’t goat’s milk sound weird?  Cow’s milk is…

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Farm Tour-Nigerian Dwarf Goats

We had the privilege of visiting some local farmers who are raising Nigerian Dwarf goats and various produce.  The Nigerian Dwarfs are known for their milk, which is noted to have a high percentage of butterfat (in other words, tasty milk and cheese).  These goats are smaller than your average goat so you get less milk than say a Nubian,…

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Video tour of the sheep barn

The other morning I took an impromptu video of our sheep in the barn.  Excuse hubby’s pink hat.  It belongs to our five year old.  I snagged his hat, so he was left with hers.  🙂  Please comment with your thoughts or suggestions.  

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Marty the Master of Sheep

Marty is a farmer whom I met through his daughter, Monica.  She is a PA like me.  I told her we were considering sheep and she offered her dad as a resource.  He has been very helpful.  We spent thirty minutes on the phone before we even met him.  You can tell Marty has the gift of teaching and…

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Visiting a Shepard of Sheep

We are considering raising sheep, specifically hair sheep.  Hair sheep shed like a dog, so you don’t have to shear their wool.  There isn’t much of a market for wool these days and it takes a lot of time to shear them.  Hence, we are thinking of raising hair sheep. We found Thousand Oaks Ranch and called to ask about…

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Visiting the Home of Max and Lucy

We’ve been considering ways to protect against predators.  I’m most concerned about my chickens that should be delivered this week.  Our research shows livestock guardian dogs (LGD) are the best bet as far as protecting chickens.  We visited a guy named Matt who had a convincing Craig’s List add touting the puppies of two of his LGDs.  He has bred before and reports rave…

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Visiting a Chicken Keeper

I’m not sure what the best term is: chicken keeper, egg gatherer, chicken farmer?  Anyways, my Great Aunt Kristy happens to be one.  A kind one who allowed us to visit and only laughed at us a few times when we asked questions.  I’ve read a lot of books on the subject so I had lots of questions.  My…

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