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It’s Been a While

10 Jul

It’s been a while since I played musical critters and moved everyone around.  Friday evening, I sorted off the March babies that are getting sold.

My nephew loaned me his truck and helped me load kids Saturday morning, and they left the farm.

When I got back, I started all my moving.  When Aurora came out for her feed, I let her in the north paddock.

Aurora

There was only one problem with that.  Harley is a greedy pig.

Harley eating Auror’s feed

While all the goats were out in pasture, I haltered Tony and walked him around.

Tony

We went out the little gate into the driveway.  Fionn was sad he didn’t get to join us.

Fionn

The greeting committee was there when we got to the big red gate into the barnyard.

Odie (back), Maybeline, and Tony

Everything was going well.

Then Buster showed up and decided he wanted to fight.  Seriously?  I whipped the halter off Tony and wrestled with Buster until he figured out I was not going to let him go fight.  Then I haltered him.  He got put in llama jail (with the bucks).

Fionn and Buster

When the goats came up from pasture, it was time for the next step.  I closed everyone off the front pasture.

Then I let the bucks and Buster out.  Fionn and Xerxes were thrilled to be out where there was more green stuff to eat.

Xerxes, Fionn, and Buster behind

Buster just wanted to go find Tony and fight.

Tony wasn’t too concerned.  He was just enjoying the green stuff.

I opened the gate to the Back Forty.  It took Cookie all of about thirty seconds to notice and take Jimmy P out there with her.

Cookie and Jimmy P

After nearly three weeks without anyone on it, the grass is growing back on Dead Tree Hill.  That’s a good thing.

Penny

Pretty much everyone but Tony made their way out to pasture.  Tony was just chillaxing and enjoying himself.

I had to wait for everyone to be out of the barnyard before I could bribe Aurora to join the bucks on the front pasture. Although, she was perfectly content up north.  I just need to make sure it doesn’t get overgrazed because phase II of the moving around is weaning three girls so I can milk their moms.

Finally, Buster and the boys were in places I could shut them out of the barnyard, and Tony was on the other side of the barnyard, so I could block that.  I opened the north gate and Aurora wandered right down to the front pasture.  Whew.  Aurora will stay on the front pasture with Buster and the bucks until I am convinced she’s 110% back to good health.

Tony finally made it out to pasture late in the evening.

Once I get those three kids weaned, I don’t plan on moving anyone until I get to let Aurora back in to make a cria or until I am ready to make next year’s spring break kids.  Whew!

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Tony Llama on the Goats

17 Jun

Tony got to the farm in the middle of our rain storm, so we just put him in the garage.  (I’m never going to get the livestock out of my garage.)

Tony

When it quit raining, I opened the door and showed him the two buck–Xerxes and Fionn.  Fionn decided that an open door might mean food, so he wandered in to have a look around.

Fionn

At that point, I’m pretty sure Tony was trying to decide whether or not his could jump through the tiny garage window because this big, scary monster with horns meant for impaling an innocent llama was coming to get him.

I gently herded Fionn back to the buck room and shut the door; although, I did leave it so Tony could look over the half door.  I’m pretty sure he did not get close enough to do that.  Anyhow, when the bucks went out to pasture, I closed the gate cattle panel, so they couldn’t come back in.  Then I tried leading Tony out because I thought he would like to see where he was at.  They said he leads well.  Sure he does–when he isn’t in a strange garage with a strange lady trying to pull you into the room where the big white monster came from.  He put his feet down, and after playing tug of war for a few minutes, I said, “Whatever.”  It actually didn’t take too long before he came out on his own.  He spent a lot of time looking around.

Then I had to milk, so I called the goats up from pasture (actually, I walked down to make sure they all got back across the swollen ditch).  When we got close, Tony really panicked.  There were lots of those scary monsters. (video link below.)

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He sounded the alarm for the next hour or so.

Tony keeping an eye on the bucks in pasture

It did help a little when he noticed the other llamas on the hill with them, and the goats weren’t eating llamas.

Aurora and he exchanged some googly eyes (NOT happening).

Poor boy.  It might take a few days before I can even let him and the bucks in together, but we’re making progress.

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Done and To Do

21 May

It’s been such a flurry of activity this last week or so that I thought I’d just try to catch everything up.  After I sold the girls Saturday, that let me move the bucks back onto the front pasture.  That’s a good thing because their little paddock was getting eaten down.  Now they have plenty of green grass.

Fionn and Xerxes

Although I still need to get the hill planted with grass.

My corn was planted on Friday. It’s been a rush to get everything planted this year because of the late finish to winter.

The pasture is growing well.

My mom is coming to let the goats out each day because we haven’t had a chance to get a fence put up around Dead Tree Hill to try and keep thm safe from coyotes.  That’s still on the agenda for this summer.

Of course, it’s soon going to be time to make hay.

Haley

And then June babies are coming.  It’s always busy on the farm.