We live in an area of caliche. Crisco-over-Concrete is a good description; it's diggable to about 2" right now. With the tractor, we can dig post holes, if we want to take a good 1.5 - 2 hours per HOLE. :sigh: Hence the patch jobs - it's just too damn hard to put posts in! We were waiting for a good rain to come, so that we could replace the buck fence completely, but today the bucks decided it was a good day to go a-Viking.
Yup. They decided to knock down the corner post and go pillaging in the doe pasture (they figured out the *1* weak spot in the doe fence (behind the small shed was - WAS - an area about 12" wide of just the no-climb horse fence. They pushed that down and had a ball. :sigh:). I saw the first rape....and we ran out and got them OUT of there in about 10 minutes, but I don't know how many does got bred. (And....NONE of the does had shown signs of heat yet. :big sigh:) IF we're here after RH, I get to Lute ALL of them, just to be sure we don't have any oops babies. (They'd pop in Jan/Feb if they caught - and *I* do not like baby goats in my house in cold weather. So......I try to breed in Oct/early Nov, to kid in April/May.) :sigh: Such is the life of a goat farmer.
Hint: If you want goats, don't plan on keeping a buck. Buy a buckling the first year, breed everything, then sell/eat the buckling. Keep 1 buckling from the next freshening, breed everything, then sell/eat him. And so forth. Seriously, if you only have 1 breed, it's not worth keeping a buck. They STINK. Badly. And do horrible things when in rut......
And, notekeeping: (for just in case I don't get my papers in order before RH)
We have changed our feed. Prices have gone THRU the roof, and it's just not feasible for us to keep feeding goat feed AND the horse complete feed (not to mention that our feed mill went kaput, and we can no longer get the complete feed we've been feeding for over a decade. :sigh:)
We are now feeding all the livestock (except for the hens) Tractor Supply's pelleted "sweet" All Stock. It's $9.95/bag, has 18% fiber (not quite as good as the 25% I was feeding, but it's close enough to 20% to pass as a Hay-Stretcher), and all the other numbers are almost identical to the goat feed we'd been feeding. It's $2 cheaper/bag of goat, and $5/cheaper/bag of horse. We're still buying Alfalfa pellets for the goats - we mix the All Stock with them 50/50. That ensures that the lactating does are getting plenty of calcium.
I *might* - should we be here! - start mixing my own grains for the dairy girls again. Corn/Oats/Black Oil Sunflower Seeds and Beet Pulp - about 30/30/20/20, if I remember correctly; it'll get top-dressed on the regular rations on the milk stand.
Anyway.......that was our day. How'd yours go? :lol:
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