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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    Got up this morning to news about Hurricane Beryl which is about to attack Texas right at our friend Kris' new beach house that he bought to run as a BnB! Texted him at once and he said they were just leaving it. He must have gone down to hurricane proof it. It sits on stilts and on a rise...
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    Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

    Heard a story from a fellow rabbit breeder years ago - her husband went out to the rabbit shed at dusk and was going to feed without turning on the lights. At last minute decided to switch them on and found he was face to face with a giant rattler on top of the rabbit cages! Luckily was able...
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    The journey into the abyss of no return

    The problem with OSB as opposed to plywood is that when it gets wet OSB "melts", My aunt roffed her barn with OSB before puttin on the shingles. She lost some shingles one year and by the time we found it the roof had a giant hole where the OSB had melted and collapsed. No problem we had the...
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    Margali's Griffin Wood Ranch

    She obviously feels that there is something outside the fencing in that area she has to investigate and scare away. Does the sheep pen go right up to that fence? She may feel that the sheep are gettig too close to whatever the danger may be.
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    Goat proof landscaping?

    Nothing that you can plant in that size pen that won't be either eaten or trampled in one or two days back to plain dirt. Can you plant on the outside of the fencing where they can't reach? If you can do that you can disguise the pen that way.
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    Farmerjan's journal - Weather

    You got a lot done that you wanted to do with DS. He is able to concentrate on the farm more with being on disability. Wish he could retire now with full disability or full pension. Congrats on the new calf.
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    Canesisters 2024 journal

    When DS3 was 10 years old he raised 4 premature kids). We allowed him to one buck as a wethered pet because he wanted to try training a goat to pull a cart. It was a Nubian, grew very large, and he named it Goatzilla. We bought an inexpensive nylon goat cart harness and he tried to teach it...
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    New Texas Scrapie Rules

    Only 2 cases in U.S. since 2016. Most of us all have scrapie tags from our states now. Had my original California number from when they were optional and you could specify your own personal number. I ordered and received the TX scrapie tags when we moved. The auction yards now have their...
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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    Thank you all. We had a lovely day. Generac is getting hooked up. Bryan will finish Monday. DS1 had to take the electric conduit through the attic since apparently Bryan has a snake phobia. Horrified when a giant snake shed fell out of attic (we have collected several of them for our...
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    Need a little help from my friends 🤪

    Definitely halter break all auction livestock for ease in handline, exercising, washing, etc. I was only referring to in the actual show ring. Sounds like she is on track to do well. Soon you will be a "show mom". A "show mom" the unfortunate mother we all see standing outside the entry...
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    New Texas Scrapie Rules

    Not everyone tests for Codon scrapie resistance. I would be interested to know how many flocks nationwide test for this since the incidence of scrapie is almost nonexistent in the U.S. How many smaller flocks test for this? Testing for Codon 171 is $11.50 and for Codon 136 another $11.50 so...
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    2024-2025 Sheep Showing

    Great Job!
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    Need a little help from my friends 🤪

    BTW - we want to see pix!
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    New Texas Scrapie Rules

    I just received a copy of the Proposed New Scrapie Rules for Texas from American Dorper Sheep Breeders Association. Please read this since if anyone wants to import any breeding ewes (registered or commercial) this will impact you. I know Baymule occasionally gets a new ram from Mike and...
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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    At this point they are going to move on and have her for all holidays they can. Now they are talking about coming back to take her for long weekends, etc. but I think once they see how long the trip is that they will settle into a more sensible plan of just bringing her back for the longer...
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    Farmerjan's journal - Weather

    After going through a drought and having to buy hay to keep cows fed, a lot of ranchers I know are spooked. Better to have too much hay than not enough. And he can always sell what you don't want.
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    Need a little help from my friends 🤪

    Sorry in advance for this looong answer. Hoping to cover all answers for you: While "let's get this child showing" may be laudable, if the person you talk to (the receptionist?) does not know the County and State Rules, your child may have a problem entering and showing. Since she is not in a...
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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    OOPS! . . . she may be in season. DS1 called Animal Control and they said they don't come out for that. He asked if he should shoot it and the person said Yes, if it was bothering the livestock. DS1 was worried that if it went onto the highway it could cause an accident. He didn't want to...
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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    Had pre-op with surgeon today. Must be at hospital 5:30 am. I am first patient under the knife. No Ibuprofen or Alleve for arthritis or pain, no Furosemide or one of the other prescriptions I take. Better look it back up. Scheduled the first PT appointment for the 11th for my review to...
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    Ridgetop - our place and how we muddle along

    Monday - Island will be large - about 3' x 7' and need to be secured since it will have a12" eating area on one side. However, it won't take that much to install and remove since I will not install the toe kicks until after we remove the tile and refloor the kitchen. We might not put the...
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