Archive | July, 2017

Way Too Long

31 Jul

It’s been way too long since I scooped my barn.  Two summers ago, it was too rainy to get the manure spreader in the barnyard, and by the time it got dry enough, I had garage construction, so it didn’t happen.  Last year, I was consumed with pumpkin patch stuff all summer (By the way, that lack of time to actually care for and enjoy my animals is a big reason I’m not doing the pumpkin patch anymore).  That means, I’m scooping three years of manure.  Luckily, goats are way neater than cows.

Butter and Tequilla playing in front of Farina and Aurora

I’m going to try to get it done or mostly done before I go back to work in about three weeks (Yikes!).  We’ll have to wait until the crops are out of the fields before it can be spread on them.  That means I’m making a giant poop pile.

I’m also hoping, when I get done and the llamas come back over here, they will not make a llama poop pile in the barn.  That really is annoying.

And messy.  All the goats and I agree they should keep their piles outside.

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items listed at the top of my side bar.

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Bovine: Plan B

30 Jul

I knew the goats and cows would be fine together.  Most of my goats have been around cows.

The cows are an older, mellow herd.  No big deal.

The llamas were the wild card.  I had three llamas that I was a bit worried about–Buster, Farina and Odie.  They seem to have the most protective instincts.  That’s what the llamas are here for, protecting the herd.

Estarr

Well, Odie went to pasture first, which is the way it usually works, so I followed her.  She was not happy.

Odie

I barely managed to cut her off when she was on her way to attack a calf.  It was not easy to get her back up to the barnyard.  She was not happy.

Finally, I had all the llamas in the barnyard, and my nephew and his dad came to help me with Plan B.  The llamas are now on the front pasture.

There’s plenty of pasture for three bucks and six llamas.

Maybeline, Xerxes, Fionn, Aurora, and Estarr

Ollie got moved up with the old lady goats, and he immediately got to meet Sky through the fence.

Ollie and Sky

I am not about to take chances on someone getting hurt (especially when two are nine months pregnant with a Llenny babies).

We Have Guests

29 Jul

With the dry weather, livestock farmers are running out of pasture.  My nephew is no exception.  He has plenty of hay that he could start feeding them right now and have enough for all winter, but that is rather labor intensive.  Instead of making hay off my back hills and turning around and feeding it to his cows, he brought the cows here!

We have about twelve cows and their calves and one bull.  I had requested a Hereford bull because I think they would be easier to photograph than an all black (Angus) bull, but when they were sorting to bring them down, the Herefords were all fighting, so I got the Angus who just didn’t want anything to do with that.  I am good with the black Angus.

They are all exploring the Back Forty.  Eventually, they’ll find their way to the barnyard.

I have one cow that I have to find, Purple 11, because she still has to have her calf.  All I know is she’s red.

Once everyone calms down, I’ll try to go figure out which one she is.  I’m sure I’ll have a lot more and better pictures to share.