Wednesday, May 2, 2012

farm update - chicken sperm and goat teats

It's been very busy around here. I'm working on two sculptures that I hope to have finished in time to present to the curator of my upcoming show. We also added three pregnant goats to our herd in steps toward getting our creamery up and going. I'm still making cheese with purchased milk, but soon we should have plenty of our own. The local extension office has been helpful with legal information and in my free less busy moments (while filling a trough, or taking a pee) I'm reading in preparation for being a goat midwife next month. To catch you up on what's happening on the farm I took some pictures this evening...




The new girls are Saanens. Saanens are known for their large size, vitality, herd compatibility and their “eager to please” temperament, but the largest part of their popularity is their milking ability. They are known as the Queens of the Dairy Goats.


These girls are all pregnant and their udders are starting to grow



We are teaching the herd to goat pack. Evening walks are good training


leaks


lettuce


baby apples


figs


plenty of eggs


new additions to the egg laying team


a Show Girl for the fun of it


a beautiful new Cochin rooster for breeding. They have so many feathers that they can't breed naturally. The kids and I learned how to artificially inseminate on a 4-H field trip


My two older ones recently competed in the Virgina Poultry Federation's Poultry Judging Contest. Their teams did well in the state wide competition.

Hopefully my next post will include the finished sculptures!



2 comments:

  1. YEA!! for the paper people! I LOVE your blog and those Saanens sure do have pretty smiles.

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  2. Don't they? They are so loving and kind.

    The paper people are nervous ; )

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