Archive | November, 2017

Opening the Barnyard

27 Nov

I’ve had the goats shut off the back side of the barnyard and the Back Forty for a few weeks now because of the coyotes.  Part of that was putting a couple of small panels by the cattle tank so they couldn’t get through there.

Cutie

While we were loading the cattle out, I had the goats shut out on the front pasture.  You’d think I was torturing them.  Seriously, Wanda.

Wanda and Ava

Now that the cows are gone, I’ve shut the lane so the goats can’t go out there, but they can go on the back side of the barnyard.

Maggie was the first to notice she could get over there.

Maggie

All I can say is watch where you step or browse.  Eww…cow pies.

Llama Babies: Plan B

26 Nov

Since I was obviously wrong about when Odie and Maybeline were due to have crias, I’ve had to come up with a plan B.  Although Maybeline is really getting round.

Maybeline and Odie

I’m a little worried about the cold weather because I looked back to when I removed Llenny from them.  It was January 26th.  That means they could go another month or more before having their babies.

While they do have the insulated buck room, they have really made a mess in there.

Stinking llama poop pile.

Guess what I did?

I set posts in concrete in five gallon buckets.  Then I used them to put a fence across my garage.

All I have to do is open the buck room door, and they can walk right on in.  I cleaned out the whole side where the Ranger is usually parked.  Maybeline has been too shy to come in so far.

Odie had no problem coming right in to check things out.

She even sampled the hay that was in there to make sure it is to her liking.  Now when it gets cold, I can shut them inside!

I have arranged corn stalk bales to be brought so that we don’t give a cria a concussion by falling onto a concrete floor.

I think we’re about as ready as we can be.  Come on girls!

Loading Out Cattle

25 Nov

It was time for my nephew’s cattle to leave the Back Forty and head to a harvested corn field so they could feast on corn stalks.  We thought about doing it the old fashioned way and walking them through town, but we figured people might not be happy if they meandered through their yards leaving pies along the way.  Instead, they brought their shiny new trailer this morning.

Then we headed out to pasture to bring the cattle up to the barnyard.  No pictures of my zooming around on the Ranger driving them up.  It was fun though.  It’s been a long time since I’ve herded cattle.  Luckily these were pretty cooperative.

When everyone else caught up (they were on foot), we ran them on into the barnyard.

After we got everyone into the barnyard and shut the gate to the lane, we ran the cattle into the barn.

Then the corral panel went across the opening to the barn.

Then we started walking them through the barn to get on the trailer.

It wasn’t too bad.  The bull, 2J80, did dig his front feet in and refuse to move for a few minutes, but then he loaded.

The naughty rump roasts don’t have a lot of experience with getting on trailers, so they did wander around and not want to cooperate.

Four of them escaped the barn, but we finally got everyone loaded and moved.