Wow! It’s been quite a while since my last blog post. I guess the farm life has been keeping us really busy. A lot has happened in the past couple of months.
“Lady Sybil” arrived around 2am on June 15. She was the first kid out of Louise, and the first Nubian kid born on our farm. She was pretty small when she arrived, so we kept her crated in the house for the first couple weeks.
Unfortunately, on one of her first trips to the yard she managed to fracture her ankle. Its a good thing she has the best vet in town. She ended up having to wear this lovely cast.
She became accustomed to the good life with the dogs and we had to wean her into her new life in the barn. However, just as she entered the barnyard, Ragnar left for his new home.
Ragnar was a sweet buck with a seemingly good confirmation. Unfortunately, we aren’t yet set up to keep bucks on the farm, so we had to find him a new home. He is now living on a farm in Hollis, New Hampshire. We are told that he is slated to become that farm’s new herd sire. Just after he left for his new home we found out that his Grand Dam, “Klisse’s Chocolate Cupcake” won Grand Champion Sable at ADGA Nationals. For those of us in the goat world, that’s equivalent to a dog winning Best of Breed at Westminster. It turns out that Ragnar’s mother, Gemma, shows pretty well too.
Joe decided to take Gemma to a show in New York a couple of weeks ago. He trimmed her up and put her in the back of the truck in the wee hours of the morning. After a three hour drive, “Klisse’s Chocolate Gem” entered her first show. She ended up winning ‘Best in Breed’, ‘Champion Sable’, and two other first place ribbons. Not too shabby for her first trip down the runway!
While Joe was showing Gemma, I was painting the inside of the barn. We’ve decided to take the next steps in obtaining a dairy license. Once the milking room is painted, we will have to decide on how to develop a ‘milk room’ and a ‘cheese room’. We are conferring with the Dairy Inspector, the Health Inspector, the Planning Board, and the local small-business admin. We are visiting other farms and dairies, discovering that the process can be rather daunting and expensive. But we’ll plug away at it. Hopefully, we will have the license so that we can start selling milk when the new kids arrive next spring.
Almost forgot ... The local newspaper also included us in a weekend article about small farms!