It feels like winter outside and frozen water tubs prove it. This is the time of year that farming and keeping livestock sucks. You have to make sure everyone handles the freezing temps and that they have access to fresh water all day. Not a lot of fun trying to handle cold water with numb fingers. This is when we fantasize about Spring and pray that it shows up quickly. I know that since we are in Arkansas we don’t have to deal with extreme snow falls and blizzards. I thank God for that and pray for those that do, I honestly can’t imagine raising livestock and dealing with that type of harsh environment.
Out of the animals here on the farm, most handle it without any issues, in fact our Chows and LGDs love the cooler temps. Our youngest daughter has a small three pound chihuahua and when I set her outside the other morning she immediately turned around and said to heck with this. I think that is the fastest she has ever done her business. She doesn’t even mind the sweaters our youngest places on her so I guess she knows they help.
We having been working on our bull pasture and extending a couple of pig pens, got a lot done yesterday and a lot closer to finishing. Now we are prepping for the arrival of lambs over the next couple of months. Praying for a great lamb crop as last year’s wasn’t so great. That is the part of raising livestock that no one likes. Losses….. Last year we had issues with aborting and even lost a couple of older ewes to unknown reasons. We have done our best this year getting our ewes prepped for lambing including vaccination to help prevent abortions.
Time will tell.
Hope everyone is surviving the winter and looking forward to Spring and the babies it brings.
These picture was taken over a decade ago but always brings a smile to my face. These two were a mess. The little doe named Zoey taught me a lot about deer.
Did you know they will play in water puddles like kids? They also make a variety of noises. Zoey would follow me all over the farm and if I was working on something then she was like a dog: getting into everything. She would even carry stuff around in her mouth.
A lot of people could and would learn from animals if they just took the time to observe them.
It’s a new year and that means another year survived. Now to make this year even better than before. Lots of plans but that means a lot of work but it will never happen if we don’t start somewhere. We can dream all day long but until we start putting the wheels in motion we can’t get any closer to our dreams.
I challenge each of you to think of your dream and the steps you will need to take to get there. We can only regret the steps we didn’t take to get closer to our dreams. Just think if we had started working on our dream with more dedication years ago then we might have been where we want to be now. Believe in yourself and your dream!
I have discovered podcasts recently and let me tell you – some of those are very motivating. So I am going to take some of their suggestions and start stepping out on those stepping stones!Good luck to all of us! May our dreams one day become a reality!
Well we didn’t get off to a very good start with our babydolls this year. It has been one of those rough farming years. Seems like if it could go wrong then it did, but we won’t let that stop us and have bigger and better plans for next year!
Our youngest has decided to start her own pig farm – guinea pigs that is!!! She takes in rescue and unwanted pigs. She also has plans to start showing them.
We have also started experiencing the wonderful world of essential oils! Oh My!! I wish we had of started them sooner! If you want to know what I’m talking about or want to join in then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We use DoTerra oils.
Hard to believe it is already the second month in the new year!!!
We are so excited about 2017 as we have a lot going on and planned for. We will start lambing around March and can’t wait for those little lambs to hit the ground running.
Our girls are getting geared up for the new show season and just waiting on lambs to get here so they can officially start planning shows.
We have also added a new partner to our Rabbitry so that we can offer a bigger variety of rabbits. We specialize in rare breed show bunnies. Currently we have Holland Lops, Thriantas, Tans, Czech Frosty, Dwarf Hotots and English Lops.
We are starting to get cooler weather now so getting everyone ready for winter. We are waiting for a chow to have a litter of pups and hopefully have several rabbits due. The sheep and goats are bred to start having kids and lambs after the first of the year. We have also taken a trip to Virginia and picked up six more babydoll ewes.
In the meantime, we are brainstorming for ideas to help with the farm and helping out the youth with learning about agriculture and showing.
Sorry that I dropped the ball on you! We are once again getting ready for fair. We have had a lot happen this year and still not done!
The kids showed this spring and summer and done a great job!
We will have our county fair week after next and plan to show sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and geese. Then we will be headed to District fair and have a small break then off to State. Wish them luck!
We plan on adding several babydoll ewes to the herd. The market ewes are off at the breeders now. Hoping to have quite a few baby lambs around the first of the year.
Hopefully I can start making a habit of posting here again.
We are getting busy busy busy with the fair being this week. The kids will be showing rabbits, chickens, sheep, goats and several of their crafts. Their big day is Thursday when they show all their animals. Lots of good luck to them. It takes a lot of hard work, time and money to get the animals ready. Whatever they place I want the kids to know that they did their best and showed that animal to the best of their ability. In the end its one person’s opinion that decides placing, it doesn’t mean that the next person won’t like it better or worse. It’s important to understand sportsmanship when showing.
We are also working out plans and arrangements to have a Babydoll ram join the farm. So hopefully we can add more ewes later on. Then at the end of October we will have a hampshire boar joining our hampshire girls. We can’t wait to see what the offspring will look like.
Not happy with your life? Then change it! If you are living to please everyone else then you will never be satisfied with life or be happy with yourself. You must decide what you want out of life and go for it. I know from experience that it is easier said then done. I used to feel guilty about putting myself first then I learned for my sanity that there are times that I must put myself first. No one else was stepping into play to put me first and the reason is because that was my job. I’m not saying make everything about you but what I am saying is make sure you are not left out.
You are the one that controls your happiness! Don’t be a doormat!