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The Wind Beneath My Skirt

5 Jul

Sometimes the wind gets beneath your skirt and causes it to billow out.

Oh, wait.  It wasn’t breezy out.

It was Popcorn!

Silly little kid.  Which is why I don’t usually wear skirts in the barnyard.

He also does not work well as a tripod for the camera.  Good thing he’s sweet.

In related news, Popcorn will become a wether pretty soon so he can stay on the farm forever and annoy me all he wants.

Pasture Rotation

18 Jun

Part of good land management includes making sure pastures don’t get overgrazed.  Before I bought the farm surrounding my acreage, my poor front pasture was constantly eaten down, which is really bad for it.  With the addition of another almost forty acres of pasture, that has really made things much better (and I finally made a map of my pastures so you can see what I’m talking about).

This past weekend I shut the gates to the back pasture in the Back Forty. There are several reasons.  First, the goats have been eating back there most of the time since March.  The grass isn’t very tall, and that’s where we make hay.  I want to get them off the hill so the grass can grow.

I was also tired of making the long trek to the back hill two or three or four times each day to make sure nobody was stuck in the pasture.  This past week, Milo decided he wanted to get stuck in the fence.

Milo

Then Penelope got stuck in the fallen tree.

Penelope

I kid you not, she could not figure out how to put her head down and just back out.

I was also really struggling to count my babies in the tall grass to know if I needed to go get someone out of the fence.

Joker, Jester, Astra, and Avril

I decided that it would just be much easier to shut the gate.  Now they are confined on the front half of the Back Forty.

I still have Joy, Margarita, Aphrodite, and Antigone on the front pasture.

Front to back:  Antigone, Aphrodite, and Joy

Over the weekend, I checked that fence and found where Uno managed to escape to get back to his maa, and I plugged that with a panel.  The escape route is marked by the purple spot.

Front: Penny; Right: Athena; Back Cutie, Addie, Chiffon

I’m pretty sure Freddie and Fannie haven’t forgiven me for weaning them the other day (for like ten minutes), but I managed to catch and wean them again.  This time, they are on the front pasture.  We’ll see if I did a good job repairing the fence.

Ava with kids Fannie (front) and Freddie

I have more changes planned pretty soon because of the need to replace the fence between the Back Forty and the crop field.

Aurora, Maybeline and Odie

It’s kind of a necessity.

That Girl!

5 Jun

I have to say, since I posted about Penelope and her fence issues, she has continued to improve.  I think she’s only been stuck once in the last week.  I do hope she continues to remember she can’t get back out anymore.  I am encouraged.

Edit: Of course, writing about how well she’s doing jinxed it.  She got stuck again yesterday right after I scheduled this post.  Poor baby was all hot and I thought I was going to have heat stroke after traversing the entire perimeter of the pasture.  Sigh…

Penelope

Just for the fun of it, Pluto decided he needed a reminder in that lesson.  He got stuck one evening and then the next morning.  Luckily, he inherited his maa’s big mouth.  I could hear him stuck in the south fence when I was on the north edge of the property.

Pluto

I chided him.  But seriously, how could I ever be mad at this sweet face?

I suggested to his mother, Dolly, that she have a conversation with him as well.  So far, it seems to be helping.

Dolly

Then there’s that girl, Addie!  Oh boy.  She is one that has been on the wrong side of the fence several times.  It was so bad that I had to haul panels and fix the places where the coyotes have dug under the fence.  I know they’ll do it again, but I really needed to put a stop to the silliness for now.

Then when I was checking everyone, I noticed I’m going to have to do some major repair work where the ditch exits the Back Forty.  Luckily, Daisy was just nibbling the grass at the top, and she left when I called her name.

Daisy (Ruby and Onyx on the near side and Caroline going the proper direction)

But a couple of kids found a spot where they could sneak through. This spot was created when Zinnia got her horns tangled in there last week.  It really has been a bit naughty around here.

Luckily, it is still my property, but there isn’t a fence there.  As long as they come back and stay off the road they are fine, but I’ll fix this little section too.

Jester enjoying multiflora rose leaves

Of course, Addie is one of the two who was out.

Addie

Then she’s also had her head stuck in the fence several times in the last couple of weeks.  But she does it horribly.  I checked everyone and they were all in the barnyard or the lane, so I went in.  When I let the dog out before bed, I heard a goat.  In my jammies, I went out with a flashlight and found Addie.  She had her back feet on the ground.  Her front feet were stretched up a little ledge, and then her head was reached up even more before she got it stuck through where there wasn’t even any food!  It was a challenge, but I got her out.

Stop it!

She got stuck the next night.  Then the other morning I heard a goat again.  In the heat, I hiked clear to the back fence and got her head out.  Before I could direct her to the rest of the herd, she took off.  She would not listen to me.  Finally, she ended up back up in the barnyard by herself.

Addie with brother Milo

That girl is driving me nuts.