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Mark, my Dad, my Mom, my boys and I all stacked our hay for this winter and into this spring and maybe summer today. All the help I received and the blessing of the hay at all...I feel like I'm the recipient of a very me specific blessing. I couldn't have done it alone. Getting a good new supplier at all is difficult. I feel so small but so noticed by God. And tomorrow it's going to start raining, but the hay bale mountain is all stacked and I didn't have to work myself into the ground into the night.
 

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The friend I saved my last 10 does to draw blood on is a youtuber, and I helped her learn so she can do her own dairy goats. Then she made a demonstration for others with the unwilling help of my goats so she could help support others in knowing what they have in their dairy herds to deal with. It went live today, and here it is and what we did. Weird. It was a lovely visit though.
 

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Still all negative results. I'll retest in about 6 months give or take. Three (really 2.5) more 6 month intervals tests to go before this blows over.
Lily, the slow grower.
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Time to get my milk scale calibrated and sign up for milk testing again.
 

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Still all negative results. I'll retest in about 6 months give or take. Three (really 2.5) more 6 month intervals tests to go before this blows over.
Lily, the slow grower.
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Time to get my milk scale calibrated and sign up for milk testing again.
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The hay analysis(s?) came back. The alfalfas are 18 and 19% protein and the 80 bales of luscious, sweet grass hay I picked up for the bucks when they refuse to eat the alfalfa due to doe in heat is only 5% protein. :confused: Also, we're still low on selenium and copper (already knew that). So the bucks are going to have to buck up and eat the alfalfa but I'll still offer the grass occasionally, probably more to the does or to everyone on colder days. Sheesh!

I guess that's why we do hay analysis.

This week it's time to give shots for mastitis and bacterial pneumonia to see if it helps this year, and i have 6 does that need CDT's too. Just about six weeks until kidding starts. I think I'll start a kidding/milking thread this year.
 

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Why not just supplement bucks with the high protein feeds. It's really expensive BUT they only need like 1/2 cup a day. Enrich 32 by Purina? Etc. Or their Goat Balancer.

Just a thought. 😊. Might be easier that mixing hay...and know what they're getting.
 
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