As you may have noticed, this is a hard time of the year to keep up with a blog... There's so much to do and enjoy outdoors! :)
We spend almost every minute outside, either taking care of, or just enjoying the animals and all the little ones around the place, or simply being outside in the wonderful weather of Spring.
Calving season is winding down since the spring calves have pretty much all been born - except for Hope's calf due in June. Everyone is happy, healthy, and growing like weeds.
Most the goatie kids have gone to their new homes to learn how to be show goats. We miss them, but did keep four beautiful doelings this year, so we still get to enjoy their antics. :)
We are very excited about our new buck! Since we have kept several of Roy's offspring, we started looking around for a buck with some different bloodlines than the ones we have been breeding the last several years. We were lucky to find a great guy that has an amazing pedigree and was shown as a youngster, so he's very easy to handle and used to being with people.
Introducing 2DOX Big Event... We'll be adding new pictures and his impressive pedigree to the website soon.
And of course RR Roy Rogers will still be with us. He truly makes some amazing show goats for our young 4-H and FFA friends.
We have little chicks and guinea keets that are hatching this week... Ahh, the joys of chasing those quick, little ones through the grass, trying to catch them as their very protective mamas are trying to keep you from catching them! Looks like we have lots and lots of guinea eggs being hatched this year.
The gardens are planted and doing very well. We are already enjoying fresh asparagus, lettuce, bokchoy, chard, radishes, onions, spinach, mustard greens and yummy strawberries.
And just for the human kind, we finally got the deck built on the pool. Cousin Mike did a great job for us and we are looking forward to many years of enjoyment with it! Thanks Mikey. :)
Just to share... some pictures of the lovely sunsets we've been having this week, along with a full rainbow!
Spring has arrived! The winter wasn't a hard one at all, not like the last couple of years, but it's always wonderful to see everything starting to green up again. The flowers are blooming, trees and shrubs are budding out, flowering and starting to leaf. We have gone from temps in the 40s and 50s to the 70s and even some 80s in the last couple of weeks.
Kidding season is winding to an end. As of last night, all the Lamancha ladies have had their babies. We now have 4 purebred Lamancha doelings and a lone buckling. We lost another buckling from Blondie but we think that was due to her pregnancy toxemia and induced labor. It always makes me sad to loose one though.
We have 2 fullblood does that are due anytime, so we are keeping a close watch on them. They, on the other hand, seem very unconcerned and can't figure out why we are at the barn so often!
Of the 7 Boer ladies that have kidded, we have 11 bucklings and 4 doelings. All but 2 of the bucklings will be wethered and disbudded. 3 of the doelings have already been sold and we may be keeping Rosie's little girl. She is an outstanding doeling! We have already talked to some friends about possibly showing her this year. We think she will do very well.
The drought has broken here and we are so appreciative of the rain without any "bad" stuff. We have received around 10" and it continues to rain steadily and softly. The ground is soaking it up greedily and it appears to get greener by the minute!
The gardens are ready. We were able to get all 4 raised beds together and filled with a mixture of good soil, manure, sand, compost, etc. As soon as the rain tapers off, we will start planting. The drainage is amazing with the raised beds. We planted 50 strawberry plants the other day and they are looking great!
We are muddling our way through the other big planting project and working when we can to get all the 650 Arizona Cypress trees planted. We hope to use them as a windbreak for the cattle, a home for wildlife, a block from the nearby 'junk yard' and just because we would like to see more trees on this place! We have planted a little over a hundred already and hopefully we'll get them all in soon.
Here are some spring pictures from this morning taken in the rain. Enjoy!
Russell Ranch is located in beautiful NE Oklahoma, just a few miles from the Illinois river in Green Country. There are lovely rolling hills, lots of wonderful lakes and rivers, and forests full of wildlife.