Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Goings Ons

I haven't got to blog in a while. We have been very busy around here. From selling off most of our cattle,( I'll get to that in a minute.) to getting ready to buy more goats.

It all started when our cattle broke through the fence and got into our neighbors yard to eat their grass. You know, it's ALWAYS greener on the other side of the fence. lol. Anyway, as we were getting the cattle back into their field, the bull started to get, shall we say, frisky.  He would paw the ground, throw dirt over his shoulder, then he would act like he was going to charge us as he let out this VERY loud bellow. Now when this is coming from a 2500 lbs, it can be very intimidating.  It was at that moment that I realized, I don't really like messing with cattle. They are big animals that can hurt you. (Duh!) Even if they are sweet and gentle. One wrong step, and you have a broken foot, or a broken rib, or even worse, dead.

So that night, I sat down with Hubby and asked him does her really like the cattle. I mean, REALLY like the cattle. I was expecting an instant,"YES!"  But, he actually thought about it. He said that he likes watching them out in our fields. (I do too.) He likes eating them. (I do too,) He likes being able to say that he has "cattle". (OK.) But actually messing with them, uh, "No."  I was surprised.  So we got to talking even more. We realized that his dad and step mom wouldn't be able to help us work the cattle too much longer. It will just be me and Hubby doing the work soon.

 I HATE working with them. Well, I don't "hate" working with them. We just don't work them enough. So, they are basically wild animals. Plus, our corral is in really bad shape so we are just patching holes here and there with "temporary" fixes. That's why I don't like messing with the cattle. Wild animals in bad fences DO NOT MIX.

So, we sold all but 3. We kept the 3 youngest heifers. We are hoping we will be able to tame them down to where we will be able to lead them around with a bucket of feed. Hopefully we will be able to make them like pets. Then maybe build up the herd again.

With the money that we got from the cattle we are going to improve our farm. We are going to build fence, a new corral, and, oh, yea,get more goats. YEA!!!! Now I LOVE messing with goats.  They won't kill you, at least most of them wont. lol.  We are going to build up our herd of Myotonic goats.  Ever heard of Myotonic goats? How about Fainting goats. Yep, that's right folks. Myotonic goats are Fainting goats. And, we are getting more Fainting goats. (We have three already.) I'm going to spend my day out there scaring them just so that I can watch them faint. heheheheeheh. I can't wait!!!!! hehehehe. I'm so evil. hehehehe.

Well, anyway, I'll keep you all up to date on the going ons here around the farm as we take this turn into a new adventure. I am soooo excited!!!!!

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, BOOOOO! hehehehehe. Evil, pure evil. lol


Candy C. said...

I love having goats as livestock, just my size! :)
Good deal being able to do some improvements with your cattle money AND getting to buy more goats!

Carolyn Renee said...

We've thought about getting a beef or dairy cow, but like you said, even when they are "nice", they can still really, REALLY hurt you. So I'll just be content with the goats for now. Oh, and yes, you are evil, although I'd be doing the same thing if I had fainting goats :)


Anonymous said...

price of beef for now is way up and investing your beef money into fixing up your farm is a very wise decision...fencing and shelter for the animals you plan to buy and raise is a good investment and will see you through the problems that you have had with your cattle lately. by the way, have you started learning to use the pressure canner and how is the cooking going on the wood cookstove?

Anonymous said...

Don't blame you for not wanting to tangle with a 2500 lb animal pawing the ground and snorting!! I'm with YOU!! Goats would be much more fun!! ...debbie

SweetLand Farm said...

I'm with you on scaring the goats!! I would have to do it just to see if I could, and then probably laugh!! hahahaha

Peacemom said...

Best wishes on the improvements and new goats. It's good to know what you want to focus on in your farm endeavors, then you're not stretched in too many directions. And hey, goat is delicious too if you're in for raising meat goats. You've got to take a picture of one of them feinting, I need to see that. ~Vonnie