Sometimes putting all that effort into planning ahead makes life easier. Though, even the best laid plans can crumble.
This spring of 2020 my best laid plans of breeding the goats for later kidding dates has been a HUGE success. There is always a bit of an unknown factor when livestock gives birth, and if I can take one less unknown factor out of the equation it let's me focus on other, more important things. With later kidding season that means I'm not worried about really cold temps and kids getting chilled, and then I can focus on taking good records and just getting other important things done around the farm in the spring.
So far, one san clemente island goat name Atla had two kids, one male and one female. Fingers crossed Colores will be kidding pretty soon.. I'm hoping for at least 2-5 more goats to kid, but we'll see!
Of course the wild card in everyone's lives right now is covid-19. Many of us are staying home and still many people are out working jobs. Folks are quickly establishing new protocols for their businesses that seem to revolve around more online ordering and curbside pickups.
One major change I saw with the farm is a lot more chicken meat shares. I'm excited to announce that I applied for a very small grant from FACT / Food Animal Concerns Trust. I received an email a few days ago saying that my grant request was accepted. This money will go toward focusing on more online and local paper advertising AND investing in heat shrink wrap bags and nice freezer stickers for the birds after they are processed. Since I have more customers for these meat birds, I want to present them in nicer packaging. All I have to do is put a bird in a bag and quickly dip it in hot water. The bag will shrink around the bird and I can put a custom made sticker on it. Plus I already requested the use of a country neighbor/friends big chicken plucker! These chickens will not only be raised on amazing pasture, but will be more professionally wrapped. Hooray!
This wraps up my quick blog. I'll be posting more goat kid pictures as they are born. I'm going to work on finishing up tanning some goat hides, getting my chick brooder set up and enjoy a nice rain shower that should be moving by later on today.
Take care everyone, thanks for the continued support. It's nice to see goat milk soap orders still rolling in!!!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.