Growing Pains

Growing Pains: the difficulties experienced in the early stages of an enterprise. I think growing pains are a good thing.  All things change and often it is more painful to fight change.  A resilient person, a sustainable person, rolls with change.  I hope that’s what I am doing with the recent changes.

If I thought it was quiet around here after the chickens left, with the goats gone, it’s like a graveyard.  Of course there is still a lot going on.  The ducks are active and noisy, Cocoa is still bellowing and we still have two goats (a buck and a wether, both slated to go to the processor), but it’s still quiet.  The goats have been a part of this farm since it started.  Over the next couple of days, I need to update the web site to reflect that we no longer have goats or chickens.

I wrote Animal Welfare Approved yesterday notifying them that we no longer had chickens or goats.

My day got completely screwed up yesterday.  The guy who was coming to get the goats was two hours late.  I had hoped to process some rabbits after he left, but he didn’t leave until after 2:00.  While I was waiting, I got a good bit of homework done.  Still have a good bit to do.

Shortly I’ll be heading out to milk Cocoa and then I’ll come back in and work on my math.  It got pushed to the back of the priorities and needs to come to front.  I should be working on it every day.  I’ve only got two more weeks of this class and I have to test out of it.  I started working with a tutor last week.

I did some research on supplies I’ll need to begin disciplined rotational grazing with the cows.  I’m still waiting to hear on the RAFI grant.  What happens with that will make the decision on fencing for the cows and seeding the pastures.  We can do so much better with what we have for pasture, especially now that we just have cows on it.

While we were loading the goats yesterday, they got through the gate that shut them off from the poultry pasture and rabbit barn.  Like bees on honey, they swarmed in the rabbit barn and started pulling the feeders off the fronts of the cages.  When I got them out of there, they got their heads stuck in the chicken feeders.  Three goats had their heads stuck in one feeder!  You might think they were starving, which they were not, they were just doing what goats do.  If I offered that same  food to them individually, they’d be just as apt to turn their noses up at it as eat it.  In a group, there’s no stopping them; if they think they are stealing something, then it’s the best food since sliced bread.  Goats can be terribly aggravating!

Off to milk Cocoa.  This week is going to be very cold!  The high today is only going to be 38 degrees.  The highest temperature this week is supposed to be 44.  They are forecasting a wintery mix on Friday.  Whoopee!  January is almost over and before we know it, it will be warm and I can get seeds in the ground.

Until later …