We are a small homestead located in Milo, Iowa. Our intentions of starting a homestead was self sufficiency, slowly we are working toward that. We started with a few sheep and have grown so much in the last few years. We now raise a variety of goats and sheep along with other smaller livestock. We specialize in registered Nigerian Dwarf and Mini Lamacha goats, but all have regularly for sale Katadhin sheep along with poultry. I am the primary care giver to the animals but my husband and children help when needed with animal care but also projects around the farm.
It’s that time of year again!!! The babies are running around like crazy getting older and bigger and about ready to move onto new homes.
We had a big week this week. We started off with a trip to the vet to get one little guys horns removed.
My vet completely sedates them so he was still a bit out of it and as soon as he got home he got to meet his new owners. It was a surprise to one of them but boy were they happy.
Most of the week was plagued with rain so I spent the majority of the time shoveling corn stalks in an attempt to keep a place to walk but it was a down hill battle. The barn is still a swamp.
But the upside to this week is lots of milk!!! I’m back to milking full time!!
Yay!! Sugar and Fancy do so well on the stand and milk = ice cream, soaps and cheeses!!!
Blueberry mango goat milk ice cream yummy!!
This week I also made some chipotle and honey/cinnamon cheeses! The kids go nuts for these and it’s so simple to make. I start with a farmers cheese base so basically bring milk to a boil and add lemon juice. I use a quart of milk and 2 tablespoons lemon it will instantly curd and then strain off the whey let it drain awhile then add you mix-ins.
Then today we had some big aspirations for the amount of chores we needed to get done. Much of that wasn’t completed but we did get some shearing done and I was beyond proud of the job I had done.
That fleece came off as one solid piece!!!
It came off so well my son wore it as a jacket for awhile!! I think I see some felted soap in my future!!! Yay!!
Until next time
It has been raining non stop around here. I’ve spent a good deal of time going back and forth to the barn to check and make sure everyone is staying dry(ish). Everyone is hanging out in the barn mostly and making a break for the haybale whenever there is a break in the rain. This is pretty uncommon. Most of the sheep are rarely in the barn.
This is blackouts unnamed sweet little girl all cuddled up in the tire. This is a favorite spot for the babies to lay.
I peaked in quick on the babies today too and was shocked how big the ducklings have gotten. They are as big if not bigger than our month old chicks and they are only a week or so old.
I also decided today was a good day to turn out sweet magnolia with the rest of the herd. She did fabulous! I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to catch her so I let her drag the rope a little while and she didn’t run from me so I took that off. In a couple days I think I can remove her halter too.
Also some exciting news from the bank of bunnies. We should have baby bunnies by tomorrow! Our first time momma Flemish Giant is NESTING!! She has pulled a lot of fur and is piling it up in her box frantically. I’m sure I won’t sleep at all tonight!
So until then we are gonna put some dinner in our bellies and relax as much as we can but considering we are the equivalent of the family waiting in the waiting room for the birth of our next offspring. I doubt much relaxing will take place. Unless your name is Toto.
She has no problem relaxing and taking a nap.
We recently sold our beloved mini donkey Petey because he was just too wild at times and I was on pins and needles worried he would injure one of our little Nigerian Dawrf babies on accident and keeping him locked up in a lot wasn’t fair to him either.
We absolutely loved him and that’s why we had to let him go.
But he was our livestock guardian and had taken the job seriously prior so we knew we needed to get something else in exchange and quickly. It seemed like fate the day after I posted him someone else posted a llama for sale that had been in with sheep and goat. I mean how could it get any more perfect than that?!?! So we made a quick decision to buy her.
She’s only 11 months old but cute as can be and she is learning quickly. We worked on haltering and leading and she’s very enthusiastic to learn. I’m sure the trip home will land me on the people of Iowa but I could see some pictures being taken and lots of laughs. They acted like they had never seen a llama before in the back of a truck.
She laid down the whole ride and was happy to see some one moving ground when we pulled in at home. She got settled into her stall in the barn and was loving the treats and love we were giving her.
Hopefully we can tame her a bit and get her turned out to the pasture soon. We are waiting on our last Nigerian Dwarf to kid and I’d really like her to see that and be a part of it.
Here is to hoping so!