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. :)
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.