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A Change of Habit

23 May

The goats have been going out to pasture as soon as the sun comes up and then stay out most of the day.  I’ve been waiting for that habit to change, so I can let them out on the back part of the Back Forty and not have to worry about coyotes.  They finally switched!  Now they have all of the Back Forty to roam.

See how tall it is behind the gates?

Honestly, I’ve also been waiting for the drought to end also.  We’ve had rain for the last eight or nine days, and everything is growing like crazy.  That makes me feel a lot better about letting them out there also.

With the rain, the front half is looking good again, but they do like the tall stuff.

Luckily,  most of them saw me coming down to the gates, so they knew where I was at.  They did ignore me for a while when I called to them.

Are you talking to us?

Eventually, they started wandering my way to see why I was yelling for them.

When they noticed the open gates, that made them come on a run.

Most of them stopped to grab a mouthful as soon as they hit the tall stuff.

Popcorn

Glory

Caroline

Soon, everyone was coming through and wandering off.

Of course, some of the kids didn’t follow because they had no idea what was going on.

I figure they  have to come back through the gates so it will all be fine.

Fencing

26 Aug

Just when I had to go back to work, my nephew had the fencing supplies delivered (although we are still waiting on the netting), and we’re putting a fence through the middle of my Back Forty.

I hate the idea of dividing my beautiful open pasture, but it’s a last ditch effort to keep the goats safe from coyotes. Nothing else has helped.

I’m going to keep them away from the back hills and west border because that’s where the coyotes live.  They keep coming more and more onto my farm because of houses being built and the woods getting the underbrush cleared away.

Hopefully, this will allow the goats a better view and they can’t be sneaked up on.  The netting we’re getting is supposed to keep coyotes out, especially with a strand of barbed-wire along the bottom to stop them from digging.

Although, it will cut the hay field into two pieces.

It should still give them plenty of area to eat, and they’ll have the ditch with its shade trees.

Although they will lose this part of the pasture and the back hill, which are two areas they really enjoy.  I guess, they’ll still get the whole pasture though when the days are long (May – August).

I hope it works.  While we’re at the fence building, we’re hoping to widen the lane coming out of the barnyard to give the goats the no-man’s land where we don’t really use it to make hay (fence will be somewhere around my black line).  It will be good to have them keep the wild rose bushes eaten out of there.

Hopefully, we don’t run out of time to get this done before harvest.  I hate that I can’t be around to help him.  Luckily, my dad has helped him with setting posts.

Checking the Hay Field

8 Jul

With all the rain, it’s been difficult for farming.  My corn is not happy.  That yellow means decreasing yields.  It needs time to dry out.

It also means we’ve been waiting to make hay for several weeks now.  I took a couple walks out in pasture to see if it was dry enough to make hay.

Of course, it was also a good excuse to go out and take pictures. Since the goats haven’t been back there, I haven’t been either.

dragonfly (I have no idea what kind)

monarch

queen anne’s lace

coreopsis

black eyed susan

Eastern kingbird

lamb’s ear (it never gets to bloom when goats are around)

thistle blossom (the goats usually take care of these too)

sunshine through willow bokeh

red headed woodpecker

swallowtale

The good news is that I think we can actually mow now!