We have been able to acquire some of the rare Brush Creek Nigerian Dwarf foundation stock. We like the breeding and pedigrees. The does are older and have not been bred for a few years. We have them in isolation and drew blood work on them last week. I called Washington State Lab and all the girls are clean. The tests were all negative for CAE, CL, and Johnes. Three Brush Creek Does are very rare. We were able to get 7 does. Not all Brush Creek, but nice does with nice pedigrees. We want to worm the girls once more before putting them with the rest of our herd. We plan on breeding some for fall and the rest for next Spring.
The photo to the right is LTE Perovskia (Sage) She is a lovely blue eyed doe sired by Promisedland CP Zippo *S, out of Echo Point Lady Bug. I saw her at a show as a yearling milker and she has matured very well. Her daughter is to her right by Power stroke.
He is a little guy and threw some awesome lambs, built like teddy bears. We will get a new photo when we have him sheared. We will start shearing toward the end of April, beginning of May. We like to wait so the sheep are nice and short for the hottest months, June, July and August.
More lambs have arrived.
To the right is Beauty 401. She is a two year old Icelandic ewe and her new lamb by Snow Man is behind her. She is a beautiful ewe with a great horn set.
Yes, we have more action going on. No one is getting bored around our farm. We have been searching for some carpenters to convert a large storage shed into a milking parlor and clean area. It will have hot and cold running water and AC/heat. I have struggled for several years, sweating to death and being eaten alive by flys while trying to milk. Last year I quit in June because I could not stay hydrated long enough to milk. Sweat poured off me and it was so miserable, I said the heck with it. We milked from October to June and did not start back until November.
Anyway we have been planning this for some time and all my soap making junk will be moved out of my kitchen to the farm. This will unclutter my kitchen which is very small to begin with.
We won't have to drag our milking equipment back and forth from the house to the farm. Of course we are not Grade A or anything, just organized and clean with NO ?%%@ Flies!!! I hate flies and they bite me and the goats. We will probably set up a small fly spray system. They are inexpensive and can have a timer that sprays when we are not there to kill any flies who come in when the doors are opened for the goats.
We are going to lay down new lanolium and have it go up the wall about 6 inches so we can hose the milking area if need be. I like my milk clean and the area clean. I grew up around grade A cattle Dairies and that is how it should be. We drink our milk raw and make cheese for the family. We want the milk collection as clean as possible and comfortable for myself and my helpers. No body wants to work in a sweat shop, especally me.
Enough for now...