Available babies!

12 Aug

We have an amazing litter we are accepting deposits on now. Rare breed mix of 1/4 Meishan and 3/4 mini pigs. Fantastic personalities. Super social babies. 

Fill out our adoption application here.

Milking goats for the first time

1 May

We had some beautiful Myotonic Fainting goats born here. They recently went to their new home at Funny Farm Photography.

This gave me the opportunity to milk our fainting goats for the first time. Honestly, I didn’t think I could being that the fainters are not really considered a milk goat. Silly inexperienced me thought it must mean they shouldn’t be milked, but thought if would be good practice for when our Nigerian Dwarf come into milk.

Well success!! Both my sweet goats stood still on the milking stand, allowing me to awkwardly figure our the best grip, method to get that milk squirting. It was such a feeling of accomplishment.

I had to use a short stainless steel pot as the cute little milk bucket I had purchased a year ago was too tall and the mouth was to small to catch the milk with my horrible aim.

The first day they gave me about 2 1/2 cups total. I still felt so happy that I was able to find a motion that wouldn’t hurt my nerve damaged hands and didn’t cause pain to the girls.

I read that I need to filter the milk and get it cold fast. I used a couple of strainers purchased at Walmart and coffee filters. I strained and filtered 3-4 times and funneled the milk into a glass bottle to put straight into a very cold fridge.

The next morning I couldn’t wait to get out to those goats. I was better and more confident. They gave me even more milk this time.

We are on day 4 and they produced the most milk today. I have 2 ice cube trays filled and frozen for any emergency bottle feeding that may come up with our little pigs. I have a frozen bag of a quart for our first batch of goat’s milk and coconut oil soap and we are well on our way to the gallon we need for goat cheese!

Tonight I discovered that goats milk can also be used for candle making. My 5 year old is ecstatic. He loves great smelling candles. The idea of creating his own with our old candle left overs and crayons made him shout “let’s get to milking those goats!!” Bahaha!!

I have such a feeling of joy when I think of all the happiness my animals bring me. To be able to use the gifts that they give just plumbs my heart up even more.

Don’t be afraid to try new things. I do as often as possible. 6 years ago I would have never dreamed I would have this zoo of an animal family. I would have gagged at the thought of milking a goat. How gross!!

Now it’s one of my new meditation moments. Just me and the goats and the projects/learning experiences that their milk will bring.

P.S. Making soap appears to be far more scientific than I thought. I have reds recipe after recipe and I’m sure our first batch will be a disaster, but I’m doing it!! I’ll post pics and any pointers this math challenges individual discovers in the process.

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Have a happy Easter!

21 Apr

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New Additions to the farm

25 Mar

We have new additions on the farm. A registered Kune Kune piglet. Another Southdown Babydoll lamb was born. She was not nursing well so she’s being bottled raised. That’s an adventure!!! Last night our Myotonic fainting goat had a beautiful blue eyes boy. Momma goat had trouble delivering the baby so I’m thankful we heard her yell so that I could get right in and ease the baby out.

I’m shocked daily by the things I’m able to do to keep my animals safe and healthy.

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Our first Southdown Babydoll lamb was born!

31 Jan

Our first lamb arrived 3 days ago. I had been checking on the mother ewe for days on end. Our Nigerian Dwarf goat was having a huge fit so I jogged back to check on her and nothing. Checked the sheep stall and there he is. He had just hit the ground.

It’s so awesome to watch a mother animal so tenderly clean her baby. Pigs are not that attentive. She was so gentle cleaning a nudging the lamb to rise to his feet.

I’m just totally in love! He’s healthy and warm. Nursing well. Sweatered up today so he’s extra cozy. I researched before I got these adorable little sheep, but I didn’t remember that they were born with longer tails that need to be docked, or shortened. I’m sick about that and dreading the day. It seems so cruel.

As I read more on that topic today I’m feeling better about it. It’s necessary to keep the back end of the sheep clean. With a long tail feces can get caught in their thick wool. In the summer that causes maggots and they can do serious damage or cause death to the sheep. I’m a devoted mother to my animals, but I’m realistic in thinking I can wipe his little bottom forever.

Hoping to know his name soon!

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Our Meishan pig is named!

27 Jan

Our Meishan pig is older than we originally thought. She’s beautiful in her own unique way. We have named her Mei Mei, pronounced May May.

She is cleaned up and settled in. Wormed and completed quarantine. So unusual. Her body is built more like a dog than a pig.

I think she’s a great addition to our farm family!!

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Meishan pig pick up

20 Jan

Well it’s been an eventful day away from the farm. We delivered a beautiful baby piglet to a family that lost their pig in a barn fire. Such a sad story and they were so devastated. I’m happy to put some joy into their lives.

Next up was a trip to the middle of no where to pick up a rare breed pig called a Meishan. The breed is a mini pig that was originally imported from China as a meat pig because of their ability to have large litters. When the meat turned out fatty they stopped breeding them for meat and euthanized the imported pigs leaving only a handful in the US.

They are a gentle, social breed. Unique, long, floppy ears. Lean build and extremely wrinkled faces.

We are so excited to bring a girl to our stable and educate about this rare breed and their potentials as a larger pet pig.

The visit reminded me of how blessed we are to have such a nice farm for our animals and so much help from the community to maintain clean stalls, good hay, strong fences.

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