June 2010
We had been watching Jael a couple of weeks ago expecting her to have her pups at
anytime, then she went missing on June 16. I drove our Kawasaki mule all over the
place looking for her, calling for her and I couldn't find her. I even walked down the fire
lane on the other side of our pasture that borders the National Forrest looking for her,
with no luck. A few days before we left for the AKGA convention, Shane found
her......with puppies. She had crossed the fire lane and went down into a "gulley" and
dug a hole to have her pups. She had 6. Then the rain came, and of course her
location was a terrible place due to water running down in there. Shane went out there
and she had 5 of her pups carried to safety and 1 didn't make it. She was moved into
the pasture under some shading before we left for the convention, but while we were
gone, she decided she knew better and took them back to the woods again.

This is the first place Shane had found her with her 6 pups. I was standing on top of a
hill looking down to take this picture. She picked SOME place to have those pups.
This year we took our kids to the convention, so I wasn't able to be as attentive to the
convention as usual. I have heard that I missed out on some great seminars. Shane
was able to attend several of them, and enjoyed them. I did get to meet some new
faces which is always one of the better parts of the convention. Yes, getting to see
some familiar faces was equally enjoyable!

Thursday evening there was a goat cheese and sausage social. I must say that the
goat sausage was delicious!!! I am hoping that we can experiment and try to make our
own goat sausage this year. My uncle Jamie made some deer sausage that was out of
this world this past winter, who knows what recipe we'll come up with for the goat
sausage. I will have to let you know when we try it...

There were some nice goats offered at the sale, but we are not planning on buying
anymore goats right now. We are planning to breed Rooster to some all of Pistol Pete's
daughters from last year this fall. We are focusing on our herd right now......We have
been collecting data for two years now on the does we purchased from Dr. Sparks and
have ended up culling 8 does from that group. I am very excited to see what we will end
up with in a few years from now from the things we've got planned to do....

Here are then pens that held the animals for sale. I thought they had a pretty good set
up. It was really nice for the goats to be able to be in an air conditioned facility
compared to he place last year. Despite the Mississippi heat, we were very  
comfortable in the Batesville Civic Center. I think Terry and his convention      
committee did a fantastic job!

There were also many farm displays! I have to admit, ours wasn't decorated or flashy
at all. We only put out our business cards and brochures this year. It was kind of a last
minute decision. There were some very nice ones though! Not only were there farm
displays, but also a few vendors. One woman had a table set up with lotion and soap
made from goat milk. The soap smelled absolutely WONDERFUL!! Here is a link to
website: I plan on buying some
of this stuff for Christmas presents. It seems like now days everyone has everything. I
don't think soap made from goat's milk is something they have though.

Mallory wanted to go look at the goats a lot. She wanted to be able to pet them, and of
all the goats there, she had to pet this guy...

He had his "cologne" on very strong, and she said "Mom, look he will let me pet him."
Of course, I tried to discourage, but what can you do? We just washed the hands.....
A few weeks ago, Shane and I took Sally the horse to FBC in McLain for their Vacation
Bible School. This year their theme was a western one, and they wanted to get the kids
pictures made on a horse. It was so sweet to see the little ones get so excited about
getting to see the horse. Although, there were a few that were completely scared of  
her. After they had their photos made Shane took them for a walk, so they could say
they got to ride a horse. I think there were 50+ kids that attended that night. Sally did
very good with the children, and thank goodness the horseflies stayed away!  (Poor
Shane walked those kids around and around for 2+ hours.  The next day, he said his
feet and legs were killing him)
This is a shot of one of our 40 acre fields.  As you can see it is separated by the road.  
On the left side, we have our bucks; the other side is our main doe herd which is being
co-mingled with the cattle at that time.  Our rye grass was in serious need of being
grazed down.  If you look closely you can see the LGD (guardian dogs) in each pasture
with their own herd.
(Click on pedigree for larger view)
Year to date FAMACHA score average: (2.2)
My news page would NOT be complete without giving a HUGE thanks to Mr. Gary
and Ms. Joan Newman (you know, our absolutely most wonderful neighbors).  They
kept watch over the place, which is not and easy job.  I hope the "frog" made the job
a little easier for them! ;)  I wish everyone could have neighbors as great as they
are, but NO you can't have them!!!  

Next month we'll have stuff about our trip to Oklahoma coming up and news on our
little buck test we're conducting here on our farm.  Ya'll come back now, ya hear!!