Posted by: farmwife | April 28, 2009


Of all things this morning, we woke up to snow. It’s come and gone all day now. Here I am supposed to be shaving goats for a show in a few weeks, and it’s snowing?  Actually the Farmer lucked out because he got a new pasture planted late last night — the moisture on top of it will make sure it comes up well.


See all the brown on the horizon?  We had to tear out almost half of our fields this year because they were infested with ground squirrels. :(  There was one field they had killed all the alfalfa in.  Tearing these fields out kills off most of them and destroys their burrows.   Needless to say, this is going to cost a small fortune in lost revenue this year.

I need to do some research and find some poison that has no secondary kill.   We can only shoot so many of them.

More later – I have prom pictures and Megan’s hair was done by Mandi Kramer – team Yellow from TBL :)

Posted by: farmwife | April 4, 2009

Yoplait, how I love you!

OMG!  If you have not tried the Cinnamon Roll flavor of Yoplait yogurt — get thee to the supermarket.

It really tastes just like a cinnamon roll!

Posted by: farmwife | April 1, 2009

Long days

The days getting longer just means that I am out working that much longer.  The day started at 4:45 am this morning, and at 9 pm tonight we finally got into the house.  That included a million trips back and forth during the day today.

The doe that kidded finally got the bulk of the afterbirth out today.  I re-dilated her this morning and manually removed as much as I could.  Rotting fetal tissue has an odor that is just undescribable.   I learned my lesson after the first time and put my gloves on tonight…..I had to soak my hands in vinegar this morning to get rid of the smell.  Nasty nasty goop.

Tonight she got SubQ fluids, calcium, thiamine, a systematic antibiotic, and a uterine flush with tetracycline.   We got a lot more chunks out, so I’m feeling hopeful that she is going to be okay.   I’ll evaluate her pain level again in the morning and see if we need to medicate her pain level.   Almost all of them have a detrimental effect on the rumen if used too often, so it’s actually better for her if she doesn’ t need it.

It’t not yet 10 pm, and I have burned 2900 calories today — and that includes NO structured “work out”

Posted by: farmwife | March 27, 2009


It’s been a busy night….after some rearranging inside Mum, we finally pulled out triplets :)  2 big boys and one very very teeny girl.  Hopefully she makes it, as I’ve waited several years for her!  You can see how small she is compared to her brothers.

The weenie dog is all worn out after an exhausting evening of cleaning off wet babies.

The girl is a bit tired too :)

Posted by: farmwife | March 27, 2009

Shuttin Detroit Down

Pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it?

Posted by: farmwife | March 24, 2009

Around the farm

Well, just when we were all getting excited about spring MAYBE actually being here — we are under a winter storm warning today. Of course we are. Hope the little robins that showed up packed their parkas with them.

This is my 10 + year old Cuckoo Maran rooster.  He is a very good boy.  He made some babies last year, and I was quite impressed with the old man.

This is a young Welsummer roo.  There are only 2 of them left now — the dispositions of a few were less than desirable.  The last mean one met his demise last Friday after he jumped on the back of my leg.  Lesson for other roos – don’t jump on the human’s leg when she is standing right next to a shovel.

Welsummer roo and hen.  These young girls are finally starting to produce for us.   They lay a super dark brown egg.

Pro and Vanna are less than impressed with the muddy spring weather.  Maybe we’ll actually drag their butts out and use them this summer.

DORK.   Otherwise known as Barkley…

Posted by: farmwife | March 19, 2009

Long time no talk!

Hi guys — sorry to have disappeared for so long! This is the dreaded time of year known as “kidding season.” IE, the time of year when the Farmwife has no sleep for long periods of time, and no time to think about doing anything that doesn’t inclued milking, cooking milk,  or feeding milk.  Repeat, repeat, repeat.  I’m quite tired already, and we are only half way done.

I’m also in the mess of trying to coordinate a cross country trip with a buyer, who will be dropping off kids along the route… a half dozen folks trying to get their sh*t together and make all the timing work!  It’s sort of like herding cats – feral cats.

This is one of the pens of doelings (girls).  You might ask why their ears are green?  Well, we tattoo their ID numbers in one ear, and their herd ID in the other.  This is how they are identified for life, and on their registration papers.   You might also ask why they have little circles on top of their heads?  This is where they are disbudded with a hot iron so that they do not grow horns.  Horns are not allowed in the dairy goat world.   Goats tend to beat on each other, and horns make injury a lot more likely.  Not to mention the damage a horned goat does to a human (sometimes without even meaning to)  Disbudding a baby is much less tramautic than taking the horns off an adult.

This has been a particularly difficult year.  I lost one of my best does after kidding — when we opened her up afterwards, she did indeed have a torn uterus, which is what I suspected.  She also had an incredible amount of lipoma type deposits in her abdomen and even in the uterus.  I’m sad to say her doe kid was also dead by the time we could get her out.

I had several bucklings that had to be put down at birth.  One was grossly deformed and the other was born with no testicles.  Actually no testicles and not even a hole in the abdominal wall where they could have descended from had they wanted to.   There simply is no place for a buck that is less than perfect.

This little girl is just a day old here and I believe she is already sold and will be heading to Wisconsin.


On the weight loss front, I am soooo happy to be able to say that I am back into the 120’s and can now fit into my 17 year old daughter’s size 4 jeans!  My size 6’s are now getting too baggy! :)  Got to love it.   I am 8 pounds heavier than I was in high school, and that was 22 years ago!  At a school function last night, a gal who hardly ever speaks to me came up and complimented me on my weight loss!  That is SUCH a cool feeling when someone else can see that you’ve made a change!

I didn’t get to run the 3.5 mile race I wanted to last weekend because I was (of course) waiting on a doe to kid, but I am so hoping to get to the next 5k in early May.  At least by then the weather should be nicer and I can get out to run more instead of doing it all on the treadmill.

I am also still loving my Bodybugg – and I am pretty stoked to see that just my usual day to day life on the farm will get me over 2200 calories on most days!  That’s no workout at all – just chores.   I guess that is what saved me from really getting super heavy.  As it is, I got heavy enough that I cringe to think of all the crap I was eating.

My eating could still be a bit cleaner than it is, but I am doing pretty darn well if I do say so myself!  I have finally embraced the yogurt!  I absolutely adore the Fage Greek yogurt, but I can only get it one place here in the boondocks, and it is a 55 mile drive one way.  I am ashamed to admit, that yes – I actually made that drive JUST to get my yogurt!  I’ve since gotten myself to eat regular plain yogurt and vanilla.  I don’t care for any of the fruity flavors — I would rather add my own fresh fruit or granola to it.

It’s amazing that the secret is — there is no secret!  Eat less, move more, and the weight will come off!  With that, I am going to get off of here and get my workout done!  I promise to get back into regular posting :)   Many thanks to those who sent a comment asking where I was — it’s such a nice feeling to be missed!

Have an awesome day, and do something good for yourself :)

Posted by: farmwife | February 6, 2009

Typical road conditions


This is our main highway, and what a typical day of driving anywhere looks like.

Posted by: farmwife | February 6, 2009

So it all started in the ER

My last week that is.  Monday night I get a call from eldest child that she has buggered up her ankle.   Actually her own coach landed on her while they were scrimmaging.  Sheesh.  After talking to her EMT uncle who said — you better go get this xrayed — I hurriedly finished up evening chores and left to go get her.  It’s an hour’s drive to the ER.

After xrays and consultations – they couldn’t tell for certain whether it was broken or not.  Diagnosis – get another xray in a week and go from there.  By the time we got home, it was nearly midnight.


It’s a thing of beauty, is it not?  Cankles, I tell ya.

Anyhow.  Fast forward to this Monday, and a re-xray.  We had to sit in town for FIVE friggin hours until they could get her in.   But the good news is that it doesn’t appear to be broken.  So just a VERY bad sprain and bruising.  I just ordered her a special brace that she should be able to wear in sports – don’t know how it will do for track, but we’ll see.

The doctor we saw also did acupuncture on her, and as skeptical as I was – I have to admit, the bulk of the swelling was GONE the next day!

Posted by: farmwife | February 6, 2009

Because this is SOO much more humane than slaughter

In other countries they utilize horse meat.  It’s a shame that we can’t do that in this country.  What a waste.   Some friends of ours are actually using old horses that people bring them to feed their dogs.   At least they are put down humanely and used for something.  My FIL used to buy chopped horse meat at the butcher’s back when my hubby was a child.   They said it tasted very good.

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