Tag Archives: pasture

Sam’s Influence

19 Jul

I had to go look for some kids that had been left in pasture a couple days ago.  They were pretty easy to find, and they’re old enough I’m not sure why they didn’t just come back to the barn.    Anyhow, they did come after a little coaxing.

Caroline, Colt, Astra, and Jumbo

I couldn’t help but notice how they all have those pointy Saanen ears and white color.  Three of these (the fourth was in the grass beside the rock) also have wattles.  They are little carbon copies of their dad.  Hopefully, they’ll bring those Saanen milk genes to my milk room when I start milking his kids.

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Checking Pasture

13 Jul

I mentioned that we are really dry.  The weatherman has actually started using the d word–drought.  I don’t think we’re quite to that point here, but it’s really dry.  The rain we got last night will help, but there’s not another chance of rain in the next seven days.

Betty Lou in the marsh grass.

My nephew is planning on mowing part of the bottom to get me my hay for winter.  Luckily, I don’t need a lot.

I’ve barely started on what we baled last year; although, I’ve had to start feeding some to my old ladies because their little paddock is running out of green stuff other than creeping Charlie.

Helen

Luckily, I have way more pasture than I need for my goats and llamas.

You could lose a little kid out there.  Actually, they are noisy enough that they will yell for the herd and not get lost now.

Janelle

There’s still a lot of grass out there.

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Integrating the Llamas: Part II

5 Jul

After the llamas were released, they met Odie and Maybeline and the goats, and they found the Back Forty, so I thought we were good to go.  The next morning, however, Odie, Maybeline, and the goats went to the Back Forty to eat, and the new llamas were just hanging out in the barnyard.  A couple looked wistfully over the gate to where Minnie and Helen were.  Finally, I got the message.  “When is breakfast served?”

Seriously?  I gave them access to forty acres of green stuff, and they think I’m going to serve them hay made off the pasture?  It’s much better for them when it’s green.  I did compromise.  I gave them a couple pads of hay, but I put it in small clumps down the lane to the Back Forty.

They really wanted that hay.

Finally, Farina and Estarr figured out that it was maybe a good idea to go out to pasture.

When Odie and Maybeline came back up, I did suggest they might take the new llamas under their wing and teach them how things are done here.

Odie and Maybeline

I think they are just kind of nervous about all the space.  It’s new to them.

They keep watching everything, and I’m sure they’ll get it figured out.

The goats came back up from pasture along the top of the hill.

The llamas seemed to have been following along the bottom.

The next morning, I was happy to see that all of the llamas were out on top of the hill together!

I think we’ve got it figured out now.  I hope.

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