Well folks, this has been the lost month. Starting with the week of flu it seems we lost that entire week. The following week there was hip replacement surgery. That went very well and we were home the next day. Physical therapy with Jeff followed for the next 3 weeks, as well weekly nurse's visits. Last week was a trip back to the surgeon's and he was very pleased - released us to about 80% of 'back to real life' activities. I still can't chase goats, spend the night dancing, or ride the mules yet, but that will come soon!
The goatie kids have, for the most part, headed to their new homes. It looks like everyone went to very good homes this year. One of the Boer wethers is a companion for another little Boer guy named Bob, that has lost his sight. Thanks Karen for giving him such a great forever home! All the rest of the Boer kids will be shown either this fall, winter or next spring. RR Gene Autry went to a wonderful family that lives in Hattiesburg, MS. They drove a long ways to meet Gene and were very pleased with him. We think he will do exceptionally well in the ring and are excited to hear from Chip, Angela and Zachary as to how he does!
All four of the Lamancha girls are going to live with some very special folks that are learning about milk goats and doing a great job. Thanks Ann & Phil. :) We're so happy that they get to stay together and have such a nice couple to care for them!
Now it's time to care for the mommas and help them recover from raising their rowdy and demanding children. All the girls have been wormed and had their feet trimmed. Their figures are slowly returning to "normal" and they are getting used to the kids being gone. I believe that they miss their litttle ones, so we give then extra attention and care during this time.
The horses and mules are getting fat and sassy in the pasture. No riding for a while with the hip replacement, but they certainly don't seem to mind. I think that eating and horsing around are their primary concerns these days.
The cattle are fat as well. We have 5 older heifers that have been bred this spring along with Dolly and the two older cows that are raising their calves. The rest of the girls are still youngsters so it will be some time before they are bred. They like to come up by the house in the evenings to look for treats and good scratches. Most the girls are very gentle and enjoy the attention.
The garden is growing well. I put up 14 quarts of green beans last weekend. We've enjoyed some fresh squash, radishes, greens, onions and swiss chard. Can't wait to see how much the raised bed gardens produce this year as it's our first. Looks like a winner!
Hope you all had a great Memorial Day and long weekend. :)
We finished our kidding season with a bang yesterday. Heart had triplets, 2 bucklings and a very nice doeling, about 4 PM. She needed just a little help with her babies and I'm glad we were there as the last two were breach. She got them all cleaned up, full of colostrum and then bedded down for some rest.
Harley wrapped it up about 11 PM with 2 more gorgeous bucklings. It seems like we spent the night in the barn but I'm glad we did. Harley's first buckling was huge...he is half grown already! She needed lots of help from both of us and I really don't think he would have made it out alive if we hadn't been there to help pull. Both little guys are rested up, eating well, and playing some today.
Today was a busy day as lots of folks were wanting to buy goats this morning. We had a couple with their young children out to visit. They ended up getting 2 Boer wethers and a Boer doeling for their "people kids" to show in 4-H. :)
In addition to our visitors, we sold 2 other Boer wethers today to a young lady that shows in the Tulsa area and a Lamancha doeling to a nice lady from Bixby, OK.
We are so glad to be a part of that tradition here at RR. We would like to encourage more young people to get involved with their local 4-H/FFA chapters and become a part of this lifestyle. It's a wonderful learning experience that teaches young folks so much.
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.