Ranchers Journal – Thursday August 17, 2017

Got started late and stayed out longer than I expected to. So this will be brief – or at least that’s the plan. Once I get to ‘talking,’ I find I have lots to say!

One of the things I did this morning was to make an extra trip to check minerals. The goats need copper and they all need selenium. Based on soils tests that Bobbie has done, there’s just not enough available naturally here.

We keep the minerals in these blue containers out in the pastures. The containers swivel easily and have a ‘fin’ on the top of them. No one has told me this, but I suspect they are designed to swing downwind to keep the minerals dry. Brilliant!

Livestock mineral box at Golden Acres Ranch Florida

Keets in the Tool Room

The keets are fine. I changed out the catch paper under the brooder. They, like the hens, sure do waste a lot of feed in their search for the perfect grain. They scatter the feed all over, and the the amount that falls through the grate to the paper can’t be recovered since it has poop in it.

Chickens

We think we have around 95 chickens. They consistently give us about two dozen eggs a day. The new chickens started laying the cutest little eggs a month or so ago. They’re cute, but we can’t really sell them as full-sized. We’re glad to see they’re starting to get bigger now.

Pasture #1

I added another goat to this group. A small, white one with a tan face from #10. They are all doing well. This pampered herd gets alfalfa pellets at the end of the day.

Pasture #2 and #3

The male sheep are well and noisy.

Pasture #4 and #5

The count is right and water troughs are full. The hose or automatic filler valve is broken at the #5 trough, so we can’t leave it turned on. It’s on our long list of things to fix, but until then, we need to walk back into the pasture to make sure the goats have water.

Pasture #6 thru #9

I only saw eight lambs today so I had to play the shepherd and go looking for the other three. Found them and they were fine. In this heat, I don’t hurry to do anything, and my rubber boots get heavier and heavier as the morning goes on.

Pasture #10

Count is right with this mixed goat herd. It’s from here that I snatched up the little white one and took it to #1.

Pasture #11 and #12

Mom and Dad went out early-ish this morning to move the male goats from #11 to #12. We’re having the fence moved at the back of #11. One of the goats, the tan one I noticed hanging back yesterday, is droopier today. And skittish; it took three of us to corral him and take him up to the barn for treatment.

Droopy goat in need of some TLC at Golden Acres Ranch

A long time friend of my folks brought back a goat they were using to breed with their females. It’s a black and white, and the existing males are butting it around, which they always do when a new one shows up. They’ll sort it out shortly.

Pasture #13

Aaagh. I forgot to count the ewes. Nothing untoward jumped out at me, so I can count them next time I’m out there.

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