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    Farmerjan's journal - Weather

    Once you use the paper layout and think you know where you want everything to go, you can layout the dimensions on the floors using painters tape. Use "Green Frog(?)"painters tape (it comes off walls easier without any marks than the blue painters tape) and tape the furniture dimensions on the...
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    B&B Happy Goats....journal

    Hopefully so, you are getting your animal load down, you can't take over hers!
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    B&B Happy Goats....journal

    Selling as bottle babies is a good idea. Especially if you supply a small amount of frozen milk to switch onto replacer (or offer to do it for the buyers). They are very cute at that age and with so many people stuck at home n quarantine, bottle feeding will not be a hardship - particularly if...
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    B&B Happy Goats....journal

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water - I mean BARN! LOL Is she sure there is no milk? After a hard kidding she may just be slow to make and let down. If the vet gives her a shot of Oxytocin it could help bring in her milk. Do you have a goat vet?
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    Thistleblooms Rambles

    There is a trick to "banking" the fire in those old stoves so they never really go out since they can be hard to start in the morning when your tongue is hanging out for a cup of coffee! Same thing to "banking" the fire n the fireplace or woodstove at night so it keeps the coals alive for...
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    B&B Happy Goats....journal

    Hardest thing to do is to keep numbers manageable - says the person whose sheep numbers have jumped to 35 in the past year! :hide :gig
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    Farmerjan's journal - Weather

    Thanks! Farmerjan! I knew you would be the one to go to for this information. :love I like the idea of just renting the pasture for now. Once we move back there we can decide if we want to continue renting out the pasture or bringing in our own calves. When we move back there, if we...
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    rachels.haven's Journal

    I never had dwarf breeds - hate bending over to control them - don't even like even standard size kids when training! Luckily my human kids could train the goat kids to a collar and leash. LOL
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    Farmerjan's journal - Weather

    I have been reading some articles about types of livestock that make management easier on small ranches. Texas extension recommends doing stocker calves instead of cow/calf pairs. Also recommends grazing replacement heifers for small herd operators that run their bull full time with the cows...
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    Thistleblooms Rambles

    Doesn't make me wonder! - wealthy liberals also have large investments in fossil fuels, tobacco, etc. They are all mouth like Biden. If we don't have propane on our new ranch whenever we find it, I will see about having a tank installed and getting a propane stove. I considered keeping MJ's...
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    rachels.haven's Journal

    LOL Our bucks used to all live together and had a love/love relationship with each other. My 3 sons and husband used to make a lot of jokes about their supposed sexual preferences. I think it is pretty normal behavior since others have told me their bucks when housed together would do the...
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    B&B Happy Goats....journal

    Great job sorting the neighbor's tangled kids. Those "litters" usually end up tangled up and needing help. Always glad when a problem kidding can be happily resolved! :hugs
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    Thistleblooms Rambles

    The house in Yelm has an old wood cooking stove with 3 "burners" and an oven that I was going to donate to a museum or heritage collection. Now I might keep it and install it in the new place in Texas in case of a power outage. I brought home a large box of MJ's old kerosene lamps several years...
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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    Vaccinated and docked 7041's twin ewes yesterday. We will weigh them along with the rest of the creep lambs on Monday. Grandchildren have the day off for MLK Day. They wil be coming to clean the barn and we will weigh and castrate. Also might separate a couple of the larger ram lambs from...
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    Farmerjan's journal - Weather

    It will be a relief when you are finally moved to the new place. Even unpacking boxes all inthe same house is easier than having to go back and forth to pack and unpack! It seems to spread the whole process out far too long. :( Semi-retirement may be the option to avoid some of the herds...
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