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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    Today the wind came whistling in very strong. Every now and then large bangs could be heard making me wonder if another branch had fallen down. Then a large shrub blew down. It had been at the corner of the house for 25 years without any problem I went out and pulled it up and found that the...
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    Holes in pasture, dangerous?

    More dangerous for the hay production, and you when walking/driving tractor across the field. There are poisons that can be injected underground into their burrows, but you don't want the dogs to get hold of a poisoned carcass. In the citrus orchards, the farmers used a sort of thing that poked...
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    Farmerjan's journal - Weather

    Hope everything goes well on the farm purchase. He has been waiting a long time for this. Although it seems like yo have been waiting longer to get into your new house. Hope that goes faster now too.
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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    Both agents are tearing out their hair over these buyers. Luckily our buyer has never stopped showing the house. If they back out we have decided that when the listing ends we will move in to the house temporarily. The hall closets will come out. 1/2 of the deep closet with shelves will...
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    Farmerjan's journal - Weather

    You might try digging out your favorites that he cut down. Wrap them in moist newspaper and put them in the fridge for a couple weeks, then try planting them again. Maybe he did not kill them completely, and by refrigerating them you can trick them into dormancy again. Planting them outsiide...
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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    BTW, our agent is still showing the house to prospective buyers so is someone else wants to put in an offer, those people will have t either close or back our and we will go ahead with the next offer.
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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    I spoke to our agent and he says that their agent is going crazy with them. Apparently they got a good report on the inspection and the inspector said that the electrical panel would handle the whole house, the bunkhouse and the barn (loafing shed). So what is the problem? They wanted the...
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    High Desert Cowboy- How far is it up north?

    So glad everything is going well for you!
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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    On April 7 the buyers sent a document stating that they accepted the inspection without requirements, but wanted to inspect the pumphouse. After they inspected all the new stuff with permits they had questions. I answered the questions and our agent sent the answers to their agent. Now the...
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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    Well, the agent asked about the electrical in the Yelm house. Apparently, the "house inspector was concerned about the electrical wiring". The buyers "were concerned about no heaters in the bedrooms". I told him that we had run plug in electric heaters in there for years and that you could...
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    Farmerjan's journal - Weather

    Definitely check into the nylon netting. The fences are expensive but they work. You have to use heavier posts on the corners, and buy extra posts. We used a solar charger and electric webbing for DS3's replacement calves and even once they were about 12 months old they respected it. Just...
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    Introducing ram to his lamb and back with ewes

    I would not worry about the ram around the new lambs. The rams will not usually butt lambs away unless they want to breed the ewes. If you wait a week or so to put the ram back into the pen with the ewe the birth smell (which can approximate the in season smell) will have gone. Depending on...
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    Can anyone explain “smutting” in californian rabbits?

    I would not penalize them for smut. When were they born? How old are they? Like Bunnylady says it is due to extreme cold temps in the nest box and they usually molt out of it when they grow in their adult coats. Many show breeders prefer to breed during the colder parts of the year because...
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    Farmerjan's journal - Weather

    Good ol' Jim There is always a Jim! :rolleyes: Glad he is not doing anything for you anymore, You can only fix so much of his "repairs"! LOL Too bad you don't have good fencing. DS could bring over a couple of his sheep to do the cutting for you. LOL Never asked - what kind does he have?
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    Tick control 1 week old sheep

    We have used pyrethrin dairy sprayers in the house for that past 30 years to control flies. When we had so many dairy goat that we were milking 2x daily goat kids, and market animals being raised for fair, the flies were impossible! With 4 kids in and out of the house constantly I found those...
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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    Since we are familiar with California codes, all our building is done that way - although we don't often get inspections. Technically here is Los Angeles any work costing over $500.00 requires a permit!!! That rule has been around since forever and takes no heed to the fact that $500 is nothing...
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    Tick control 1 week old sheep

    The pour on Ivermectin is supposed to protect for several months. Just remembered, Ivermectin is harder to come by due to Covid isn't it? I have 2 bottles in the laundry room because I don't use it often. Ordered another just before it got popular to drink as Covid cure.
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    Farmerjan's journal - Weather

    I used to have an upright. I liked it for freezing prepared meals I made that I froze flat in freezer bags or in foil pans. Anything like meat or roasts would fall out on my foot! :rant😭 For lumpy packages I prefer my chest freezers. Just have to rearrange them every few months to find...
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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    You are right. I will have to adjust my lambing and sales in Texas to when the demand is better and prices higher. Here late fall and winter prices are not so good, so I am breeding to have all my auction lambs available from December through May. Fall ewe lambs will be retained and fall ram...
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    Rootbusters!

    Still not sure what you are calling "free roam". Do you mean they go in a fenced pasture to roam around? Or ou turn them out without any fences to wander around and graze? If no fences how do you keep them safe from wandering dogs and coyotes? Not to mention the other larger predators in...
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