Alright! So all that to say....we made some purchases to further our wee homestead. There are still a few more purchases that need to happen, some will come in the next few weeks, and others will have to wait for a few months. We tried to stick with the idea, 'what God gave us in the here and now' to work on, and some of the 'things we would really like to try. With all of our purchases there has been a renewed excitement to work on our homestead. Here are a few of the things we have obtained so far:
Meet Red Beard, or Buddy. Not sure how Buddy can be the nickname of this goat that they decided to call Red Beard, but hey, I leave the animal naming up to the girls, and this is what we got :-) This is our new Nigerian Dwarf billy goat. We recently bought a Nubian billy this past fall. Now we will be able to have our means to securing milk :-) This will not enable us to expand our herd, as we would need more males, but this will give us the milk we need in the coming years. Maybe in the future we can work on herd diversity and expansion. But for now we are happy with our current herd size. Along with drinking the milk we plan on using some to make cheese. The cheese supplies are something that is on the "buy in the next few months" catagory. We also plan on making soap with the milk. You can see below that we bought the supplies for that venture, now we just need some milk :-) I do have a few gallons in the freezer that we plan on using to try our hand at soap making.
There you have it! Lots to look forward to. Along with the above we have a major outside 'spring cleaning' that we need to do. Thankfully it has been a mild winter and we should not have any problem with getting out there to do so. We have some fencing to put up so that we can make another area for the goats to live in. Goats are very, very prone to worms. In order to keep them healthy you need to have separate areas for them to rotate living in so as to cut down the worm population. In the mean time we will focus on what we can do, which is to make one extra living area (they need more, but that will definitely be a future project), put down some diatomacious earth, and supplementing their diet with herbs and greens.
I tried to add a new button to the top menu of my blog. Let me just say, for the record, I computers are like a second language for me...foreign! Ha, ha! I want to be able to record our homestead's production. I want to be able to know what has worked for us, and what we need to try differently. It is hard to do that just on memory. The girls started notebooks for this purpose, but I would like a back up to make sure we don't loose our information.