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!
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.