This blog is getting written on my breaks between shoveling out the goat sheds and working on fencing. It's funny to be sweating so much without being hot, it's so dang humid out right now! The goat sheds are well overdue for a clean out, honestly they should have gotten shoveled out way back in late April. Oh well, what can you do?
So far, it's been another typical summer on EB Ranch. We have WAY more San Clemente Island goats, around 60 versus last year at this time where I only had about 16. Pasture rotation is going GREAT! I have the boys and girls on separate pastures with minimal issue. There are of course the few times where there has been a great escape, or a single animal has gotten out. But I can handle that no problem!
This coming Monday EB Ranch is hosting a Women Caring for the Land field day event. So I'll need to mow the lawn later and get some odds and ends cleaned up and organized. I'm pretty excited that the farm can host this event, it's so important for women to have time together and talk about ourselves and our hopes and dreams. Plus sharing stories and useful advice and resources. You can find all information at this link. https://www.facebook.com/pheasantsforeverwisconsin/photos/a.903777996300961/2530205150324896/?type=3&theater
Some exciting news, my high school friend Lori Minor stopped by the farm last month and took some beautiful professional photos of the farm!! This was not only needed to update pictures on the website, but also in preparation for an article that will come out this fall in The Goat Journal. There is even a chance that a picture will grace the FRONT COVER! How exciting!! I'll post a slideshow below of some of her pictures. You can contact her at Lori Minor Photography.
One more little piece of exciting news, after a year of talk and consideration Bob and I decided to take on a puppy in about a month!! We currently have two companion dogs named Freyja and Hilde. While they are wonderful buddies they are not good farm dogs. They both need to either be on leashes or contained in a solid fence. Freyja likes to chase deer and not come back, and Hilde just goes along for the ride. It's not Freyja's fault, I adopted her YEARS ago and she is part hound dog. Anyway, this new puppy is a male rough collie that was born down the road at a farm not far from here. I honestly LOVE rough collies and had one as a teenager. I'm looking for a dog that already has those basic herding and farm oriented instincts. I am a fairly decent dog trainer and hope to have a dog that will be with me when I do chores and maybe even help get rogue goats back to where they need to be. Plus perhaps having a dog outside to keep predators like raccoons away from our chickens and birds. I just need a good basic working farm dog that will be focused on ME and still be friendly toward others. Again, I know a lot has to do with training, but those instincts are already their for dogs like this. Anyway, I'm getting prepared for puppy land again. I adopted Hilde about 8 years ago when she was a 10 week old pup. It's intensive, but that hard work pays off. Hilde is a great dog, just heavily influenced boy Freyja's "bad" behaviour. I plan on keeping this dog by my side as much as possible. He will obviously still be buddies with my existing dogs, but will be getting more one on one outside attention. Here is a picture of the litter from a few weeks ago. They have their eyes open now and are in super chub mode.
Now for the last little piece. I do apologize if this is getting redundant but I do run a farm business, and my business needs more business! I currently have San Clemente Island Goat breeding stock for sale, as well as whole goat meat shares and whole chickens shares as well as goat milk soap and goat milk soap shares. All animals are pasture raised and only given grain if in milk production. I currently have over 200 bales of hay paid up for to get through the winter. But, it's time to really start pushing what EB Ranch has to offer! Please consider supporting me and the farm by purchasing some of these amazing products! I love doing what I'm doing, and I hope that shows through to my customers.
Thank you again, and enjoy the slide show of pictures by Lori Minor!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.