Monday, April 28, 2008

Barn Work Continued

John and I got busy this weekend working on the lower barn. This barn will be a cozy home for all our boys. Here we see John attaching the last panel on one of the sides.
We had to connect the rope and pull a bit to get the structure square.

One whole side done and Ginger approves. We took a break at this point and went in to have a little Sunday dinner. John grilled up some T-bone steaks, while cooked up some squash and put together a salad. We had baby greens, cranberries, pecans and goat cheese with a Rasberry Walnut dressing.
YUM!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Progress on the NEW Buck Barn

We've been working on and off on this buck barn since last summer. We are finally back to making progress again. We have collected salvaged tin roofing.

Here we have John, or well, John's legs are all I can see from below. The tin roofing was salvaged, and started out life all different colors. We've painted it with an oil based paint, and it all looks great together.
The next step will be adding walls using texture 111, and then putting the rock base in place. At this point the rock is all piled in front of the barn.
The final structure will be a cozy shelter with a loft for hay storage.

There are some goats here that really wanted to get in and lend a hand.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Cheesy!





Our cheese is now ready to seal in cheese wax. Here it's shown partially coated. I did not use any coloring, so my cheese appears to be white.











The wax is a food grade cheese wax that we purchased from a cheesemaking supply company.







The finished product will be stored at around 55 degrees for 2 to 6 months.







It is melted in a pan on the stove - used only for this purpose, and painted on with a natural bristle brush







Cheddar!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Demo Days at Tractor Supply












This past Saturday, we showed up at Tractor Supply at 9:am sharp with 6 baby goats. We had Tater and Lars, Momo, Moonbeam, Blondie, and Tiny.

The folks at Tractor Supply set up a pen, and filled it with pine shavings and a bucket of water, we brought the goats and goat treats. I think at the end of the day, the goats were as tired as I was.

We had a ton of people stop by, and made a lot of new contacts. Many, many little kids had the opportunity to feed the baby goats the "cookies". We've got some folks who want our goats!

At the end of the day, Jill took Momo, Moonbeam, Blondie and Tiny home with her. She has Momo and Moonbeam sold. We have two left available for sale, Tater and Lars. If they don't sell as production animals, they will be wethered and kept to sell as a buddy to a lone goat. We would never sell one goat by itself.

When we got home we realized we now have five baby goats. Coco, Molly, Lucy, Tater, and Lars. Four adult does in milk, Rosebud, Buttercup, Petunia, and Vivie. Three boarder adult does in milk, Calista, Chickadee, and Monique. Four bred adult does, Clover, Tulip, Pansy and Chyenne. We have two tweens, Ginger, and Sky, who is a wether. Last but not least we have two production bucks, Apache Blue (Buddy) and Rascal. WOW 20 GOATS! By the first of June I think, the three boarders go back home, since Jill wants to show at least one of them. We'll be drying off ours so that we can maybe take some time off in June to take a little trip in the motorhome.

Sunday I spent catching up on laundry, cleaning kitchen and then I made a wheel of cheddar cheese. As I write this, my wheel of cheddar is drying on the counter under a cloth. Tomorrow night I will wax it and then into storage it goes for 2-6 months. It takes 2 gallons of milk to make this wheel of cheese. I have yet to weigh it to find out how much cheese that makes, but it is definitely more than you generally buy in a package at the store.

I can't wait to taste it!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Weekend at Home

All chat and no pictures this week. I just don't have anything to post! We spent most of the weekend at home. I got home from my business trip around 2:30 am Saturday. Tim came over this weekend too. He was there when I got home Friday night and stayed through Sunday afternoon. We slept in, got up and did farm chores. When milking and feeding was over, we prepared and gave vaccine boosters. All the breeding does got removed from the breeding pens and Rascal and Buddy went back to the buck pen. They'll stay there all summer until the next round. Clover, Cheyenne, Pansy, and Tulip went back to the doe pen and are getting re-integrated with their buddies. The tweens, Sky and Ginger, still get penned up in the milk parlor at night, but by the time the babies are weaned, they'll be able to be with the grownups full time. Saturday afternoon Tim helped John innoculate mushroom logs. We had beef stroganoff and ceasar salad for dinner. All four of us got up Sunday morning and went out for breakfast at IHOP. We were headed back to meet up with Brian and Mary, who needed some vaccines for baby goats. On the way back we got a call from Dave and Kris who were on their way back to Ohio by rental car after Skybus stranded them. It was really nice to catch up with them. Tim headed back to North Wilkesboro I zipped through a ton of laundry, mopped floors, unpacked from my trip and then, John and I took a nap!

My favorite kind of weekend!

Next weekend we are taking unsold babies to Tractor Supply for small stock show and tell. So perhaps we will have some show and sell and bring home less than we came with.