Our horse, Loki, stood very well for the farrier today and he is looking well. His coat has come in thick and warm and he’s not too fat and not too thin. He is in our winter pen, along with the goat does. This fall we ran out of wire fencing for the expansion of their winter pen and so decided to finally experiment with pallets as fencing–AND IT WORKS GREAT! So much so that we are discussing switching all horse-and-goat-only pens over to the pallets. They are strong enough the goats can stand on them and the horse can lean on them without bending, visually pleasing, daunting, and easy to mount hot tape or wire on and trust that no metal will short it out.
The goats are also happy and healthy this year. We have four adult does who might be pregnant. The other two were born last spring, so are too young, but are growing up nicely. We’re expecting most of our kiddings to happen in late March or early April. Our Goat Share Program just ran out of milk. 😦 We are however hopeful that this will be the last time we dry up since we plan to breed any does that don’t have kids this spring for anticipated September births. We hope to maintain good milk year round going forward.
Our Winter Share runs from November-April and our Summer Share runs from May-October. In the spring, summer and fall our goats are out on some very nice pasture (for goats); there are brambles, grass, leaves from new growth trees, etc… our land has not been sprayed with poisons for at least the last 40 years (we don’t spray and neither did the previous owners who were here 30 or so years). Through-out the year and exclusively in the winter they eat feed from Hall’s Feed (a local feed farm that does not spray, but uses rotational cropping and cover cropping to control pests and maintain their fertility, they also grow all their feed non-GMO. Our hay we get from a nearby farmer and it is grown more conventionally, but also non-GMO. We are currently searching for a new hay source and have asked Hall’s to grow hay for us as well next year. The goats also get mineral supplements since the soil around here is mineral poor.