August 2009
Once again Yahoo's webhosting customer service has pulled through for us!  Thanks to them,
we have been able to keep the website running smoothly...Hats off to Yahoo!   Since we have
no computer guru to help us with our website, Shane called to see what was the trouble with
our website....After a while, the technical guy at Yahoo asked Shane if there was anyone other
than Shane that he could talk about our computer that would understand what he was asking.  
Shane's reply was " If there was anyone here you could talk about this computer stuff,  I
would've had them call you.  I'm the only person you've got to work with on this thing."  About
an hour and a half later all was fixed thanks to patience on both sides!
While cross fencing the back forty with our portable electric fence, I noticed something big and
black at the very back of the field.  We came to realize that it was one of the wild hogs that has
been rooting up our pasture in the back forty. We haven't seen them before, only the mess they
have been making rooting up the place.  Shane hopped on the mule and went home to get his
gun.  He came back and was able to get this sow.  There were a few more back there, but so far
there have been no signs of them since that day.
Our youngest border Collie, Alex, has begun her training to be a herd dog.  Her mother, Davie,
is our top herder.  It looks like Alex just might be a chip off the old block.  She is showing great
potential at just 7 months old.  
Kimba, our youngest Anatolian LGD, has graduated to the doe herd.  He started out in a cattle
trailer with a few wethers and has worked his way up to guarding does.  He has bonded real
well with the goats and pretty much stays with them at all times.  Whenever you see the herd,
you have to look real hard and you will be able to see Kimba in the middle of them.  Shane
didn't think he could ever find another LGD that could even come close to Chopper but it looks
like maybe he has with Kimba.  Eve our female anatolian was put in with Kimba to see how she
would act with him.  They acted like two teenagers and partied all night and slept all day.   
Therefore she was put back in her field and Kimba went back to staying with the goats all the
time, which is what we want.  We will try it again after Kimba has more time to develop.
Shane and I have started doing fecal egg counts (FEC) on our herd.  The FAMACHA eye card is
a great tool, but the FEC is probably the best tool by far to use.  An example is a  purebred doe
that we pretty much have culled due to her FAMACHA  scores from the past year.  We decided
to do a count on her just being curious to how loaded she must be.  She ended up being
loaded, but not with the barberpole, but coccidia.  She showed no loose stool, but had the
anemia and poor body condition.  She hadn't responded to the deworming as far as the eye
score goes, and now we know why.   
(Click on pedigree for larger view)
Year to date FAMACHA score average: ( 2.9 )