I Wouldn’t Have Thought It

A year ago, I’d never have believed I’d see this view out my window.

MJ and Victoria

MJ and Victoria

You see, I really wasn’t sure MJ would be around, much less staying in the north paddock.  I also have this rule about no yard goats.

Sharing with Wordless Wednesday at Create With Joy.

She’s Got No Respect

It’s true.  As much as I love my Maxine, she’s got no respect for fences.

Gelbvieh cow

I have to repair more fence because of her than any other animal on the farm.

cows and calf

I have it so she and Norma Jean can come into the barnyard and barn for shelter and a drink and licking the salt/mineral block.

cows in barnyard

She wants to be with MJ, and she wants the easy meal of hay.  The grass is greener. Yeah, she’s got all kinds of excuses.

red cow

She’s driving me crazy.  She was pushing down my cattle panel into MJ’s section of the barn just one day after I put it up.

bent cattle panel

I finally had to chase her down the lane (at a sedate walk) and chewed her butt the whole time until she got to the top of the hill.

cows going to pasture

Of course, that leaves Norma Jean and her baby bull looking at me like I’m a scary lunatic.

cows in pasture

So far (after I also added another fence post), she’s not been pushing it again.

Sharing with Good Fences and Skywatch Friday.

Moving the Big Boys

In keeping with my weekend task of moving all the animals around, I thought I’d share the last of my moves.  MJ has been on the front pasture with the non-mom goats, but he has a really hard time getting around, and there’s no way he can walk and eat enough.  He can’t go on the Back Forty with the cows because he’d try jumping them and finish himself off.

steer and goats in pasture

I decided to give him a section of the cattle lean to and then give him the area north of my barn.  The llama is annoyed because he had taken to chasing MJ away from the food and then napping on that big pile of hay.

cattle lean-to on barn

It’s big enough for him to have plenty of exercise, but it’s small enough I can easily feed him grain and hay and keep a water tub filled for him.  He also has a salt/mineral block.

steer eating hay

old steerI did remember to block the entrance to the small lean-to. If he tried going in there, we’d have to tear it down to get him out.

steer

I did remember a couple of things I had to remove from the lean-to also.  Blaze was glad I remembered her kids.

sleeping goat kids

It’s also close enough that I can give him a lot of attention!  That’s a good thing!

steer licking hand

I also had my two big bucks shut in the small paddock off the front pasture.

billy goats

It takes a lot to shut them in somewhere.  My red gate is good, but they are sometimes even better at getting out.  They tend to butt things and even managed to completely loosen the panel so I had a little girl join them in there.  Yikes!

shut gate

I used some specialist equipment to fix that problem.  Twine is as handy as duct tape!

twine knot

They were turned out onto the front pasture, since all the other goats are now on the Back Forty.  Of course, you have to stop and try to rub some of that winter coat off on your way out to pasture.  They all seem to think it’s fun to rub against the fences.

buck rubbing on gate

Finally, a random sleeping kid.

sleeping kid

Everyone has been moved for the summer.  Easy peasy!

The Good. The Random. The Fun.  I’m also sharing with Macro Monday and Ruby Tuesday 2.

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