It's been hard to tear myself away from doing outside work when the weather has been so nice. Creating to-do lists and following through with them is key sometimes, other times you just wing it! That is what is happening this morning, I'm way overdue for a blog and there has been so much happening on EB Ranch.
First off I want to mention the rotational grazing I'm using for the goats, geese, turkeys and broiler chickens(the laying hens are totally free range). The use of electric net fencing has been a great tool in this endeavour. Everybody gets moved roughly every two weeks to a new grassy spot. When the old grazing spots get rain and start growing you can see these amazing bright green, lush patches of grass and new plant life thriving. It's incredible to witness this in a matter of weeks. Rotation also helps keep down parasite loads and in general keeps animals more healthy. Their manure fertilizes and the grazing stimulates growth. While I'm not using them for browsing, they are doing a wonderful job on pasture. You can easily look up many articles about animal grazing/browsing and how these animals can be used to combat invasive species of plants. I'm also experimenting with killing off grass using plastic sheets in hopes planting various cover crops including clover to take it's place. This is being done around the garden spots as some areas really need soil improvement. Oh yeah, weeding has also been a huge part of my world, but the plants are doing great!
With all of this lush grass I'm getting some huge quantities of milk from my two does. So what do I do with all of this milk? Most of it gets frozen for future consumption or goes into making goat milk soap. I have only made one batch of cheese this year, it was my first attempt at mozzarella and it turned out pretty good. I have to mention that most of my goat except for three are the critically endangered San Clemente Island goat. There are currently only 750 of these goats left in the world. When you sign up for a goat milk soap share the money goes to helping my small business and educating people about these beautiful goats. As with many farmers, I'm always struggling to make ends meet and most of my extra money goes to new fencing, feed, and care my animals need. I also work two other part time jobs so I'm one busy lady, so any support is a HUGE support! You can purchase shares on my store page.
I still have some shares available for goose meat that should be ready at the end of August. Every spring I raise broiler chickens for meat along with turkeys. So keep me in mind next year if you want to fill your freezer with some free range chicken or turkey, or even if you just want one bird I'm very accommodating.
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.