Humble or Houdini?

Our Jersey calf, born at the end of August, was named Humble by our youngest in honor of some local delicious burgers. However, over this past weekend, he needs to be renamed Houdini. He is a smart one and managed to escape not once, not twice, but four times! Obviously, he was smarter than we were as we thought we found the weak link in the fence, he found another one. But he never wandered far … he visited our front porch, jumped with joy around the bull’s pasture, and then meandered up the hill towards the neighbors. He was not anxious being apart from his mother; and, to be honest, it seemed she was enjoying the break. Our son woke up Saturday morning with Humble peering in his bedroom window … no snooze button was required! But now the electric fence has been reworked and fixed. Houdini, I mean Humble, has stayed in his pasture for the past 36 hours. Success? Time will tell.

Our little Houdini Jersey steer … “Catch me if you can!”

Humble as Houdini 11-20-15

 

Goat Pens!

Just in time for our crazy winds and severe storm tonight here in the Northwest … my goats are spending their very first night in the new barn with lots of fresh straw on top of stall mats, hay to slowly munch and fresh water with a splash of apple cider vinegar to top it off.  That is a satisfying feeling; although, I’m hoping the barn weathers this first storm  without damage. Daylight will reveal any to be seen.  But sitting here in front of the fire, I’m thankful to have this dream become reality: We have a barn!close-up-goats-in-the-barn1

Tansy and Marigold seem to like their new space and to celebrate they had some homemade goat cookies to celebrate!

But it wasn’t easy. This barn has been in the works for over two years and earlier this year it was put on hold. A few months later it was slowly started again. Last week the outside was finished enough so I could start on the interior. A friend and I worked for several hours building the goats pens, repurposing wooden pallets. They make wonderful goat fences and gates! We were able to create three separate pens with pallet gates that match up with their outside doors to a covered lean-to. I mean, these goats are now living in style! (Don’t let them know, but actually I am, as chores will be so much easier to do, especially in bad weather. And the luxury of milking in this barn, oh my!)inside-barn-before-pens1

Above, this shows the space before we started creating pens using pallets.making-goat-pens1

Those translucent panels between the two roof lines are one of my favorite features of the barn. It lets in so much natural light that no electric lights are needed during the day! Next up is the other side of the barn … coops and pens for my ducks and chickens. And there will still be oodles of space down the middle for those temporary kidding pens come spring for those darling goat babies!

But tomorrow more goat milk soap needs to be made and maybe some Jersey yogurt … love this farm life!goats-in-the-barn1

Reserve your Kid!

All of our Oberhasli does are bred now and we are expecting new kids to begin to arrive late winter, early spring! Please let us know if you are interested in reserving a doeling or buckling. This is earlier than normal for us; however, birthing season will be completed before our local farmers market begins again. Contact us for details.

Baby goats 2015

Coming this winter … Guernsey goats!

guernsey goat kid

This winter Meadowlark Heritage Farm will be bringing home two darling Guernsey goat doelings as we branch out with a new breed to add to our Oberhasli goats. We thought it appropriate to begin raising Guernsey goats for a couple of reasons. One reason is that we already have a Guernsey cow!  Both originated from the Isle of Guernsey and are gold brown. Guernsey goats will be slightly smaller than our Oberhasli goats, but will be very efficient milk producers. Their personalities are similar to the Oberhasli in that they are gentle, friendly and easy to train. The second reason is that Guernsey goats are on the list of rare breeds needing conservation. We are excited to be a part of it!

So, of course, the next step is to choose names. Our Oberhasli goats are all named using flower names. We’d like to choose a different theme for our Guernsey goats. Any ideas?

 

Mother’s Day Gift Samplers

Mothers-Day-Sampler-2014-1Meadowlark Heritage Farm is ready for Mother’s Day!  Gift Samplers which include 4 guest-size soaps, enclosed in a lovely ivory organza bag.  Let your mother sample several of our soaps and decide which one is her favorite!  Locally available at the Moscow Food Co-op or this coming Saturday at our Moscow Farmers Market booth.

New Soap Displays

two tier soap crate facebookThis spring we have created new soap displays for our soaps.  Shown is our 2-tier soap crate, but we also have a single crate or a 3-tier soap crate.  Our whole family had a hand in creating them and I appreciate all of their hard work!  I was thankful and so pleased with the end result!

Our little Jersey

Our little Jersey is named “Clover” as she was born in a patch of clover last summer on the 4th of July.  She had a rough start as her umbilical cord became infected and made her one very sick little cow.  In the midst of her illness, I was asked if I wanted Clover as my own…of course I did!  I’ve wanted a cow for a while now but just didn’t think it was going to be possible.  So, I learned how to give shots, clean out the infection site, was able to assist during one of her surgeries,  and bottle-feed a sweet little Jersey who was quite the fighter!  She ended up having two surgeries and the vet told us that he didn’t think she would make it but since we were trying so hard and he could see how gentle Clover was, he was willing to give it a try.  Well, Clover just had a check up last week at the vet’s and he couldn’t believe how well she was doing!  Everything has healed: no more infection and the hernia has healed completely.   We will be able to breed her this coming fall when she’s around 14 months old.   Here are photos of Clover in the trailer being reassured by our sons on her upcoming vet visit!Clover with Ethan Clover-with-Owen1

New Chicks

Single chickOne of our new chicks!  This one is a Golden Sex Link chicken.  They are so fluffy and soft at this stage.  We bought 30 new chicks to help replace our aging chickens and the chickens that we lost to predators this past winter.  This next year I will be looking into the idea of my own incubator as it appears that it could very quickly pay for itself!  But right now we are enjoying the little cheeps coming from our mudroom…yes, I have chicks in the house!  It is draft-free and I can control the temperature much easier than any other place at the moment.  These chicks will be just big enough to be moved to the garage by the time our new goat kids are born…and, uhm, yes, the goat kids will spend a few days in our mudroom as well.

First “Farm” Conference

Life is full of changes and, according to the conference I just attended this weekend, change is a part of living and if you are not changing, you are not living.  Well, I never thought that I would attend a Women in Agriculture farming conference and then enjoy it immensely!  What a change!  Great information learned to allow our little farm to continue and grow on its road of success.  New ideas will immerge over the next several months!  Join us on our journey!