Monday, January 12, 2015

JUST LIKE THAT......

 Kidding Season 2015 on RockyHill Farm begins! 3 days early by my calculations.. but within the safety window of kidding.. Day 147 for Ms. Lily and her twin Boy and Girl..

Boy in the tub and girl being held.
No names yet.. Boy will be wethered and girl sold at weaning
since I can't keep any doelings this year.
They were a little shivery...

Lily is an Excellent first time momma!!
She had them clean, fairly dry, up and eating when we found her and the babies.
Thankfully they were locked in the stall or she may have had them outside.

Cute little faces..
Lots of ear for momma being 1/2 Lamancha..

Nursing like a pro...

Warming them up for a bit.. 

 First fresheners are sometimes iffy on being good moms.. However waiting till my girls are about 2 years old when they kid seems to have avoided this issue.. All of my FF's that are older have done an excellent job mothering their babies.. Lily was #1 to kid out of the 9 we have.. Soooo one down and 8 to go... 

 Ms. Mercy is Mighty uncomfortable....


A time to be born...... Ecclesiastes 3:2
Today I got to hear my sweet little grandson's heartbeat.. And him kicking at the heart beat monitor. He responds to his daddy's hand on his momma's belly and to their voices too.. It is so sweet.. Anyone else he gets still or sinks low..Lol To see my daughter this grown up is sad to me as a momma but also so precious to see her maturing and planning on how she is going to be a momma.. And to hear that some things I thought I said in vain coming back to her.. God's blessings are abundant.. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Life Is Change....

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.  Jeremiah 29:11-13

  We all know that nothing stays the same in life. It is a constant change that can seem to stay the same. But like a creek, stream or river, things are constantly changing.. Kids are born, they grow up and become parents themselves.. We all get older as the days go by till we come to the end. Some of us get more time than others. Some make more of their time than other people do. I always want to make the most of my time.. I don't always.. But that is my preference. Or maybe it my goal in life to make the most of my time. To pack as much life as possible into each minute. Doing what God has called us to do living life to the fullest.
 In the last year of course as I mentioned before our life has had major changes. A kid getting married is huge when for the last 18 years my focus has been raising them. I know.. I know I still have 2 girls at home. (Thank You Jesus!) Anyhow.. I thought we were good for major change for a while... but no...
 We have attended church at our current church for almost 5 years.. our pastor informed us that he is resigning and moving away.. It was sort of a shock I feel like God had let us know before hand so it wasn't a total shock. There will be a handful of us left. Since his grown children and their families will be following them too. That will leave our current church body to find a new pastor. I have full confidence in the members that are left to find the man and his family that will fill this position. It will be a transition.. But Not all change is bad.. There can be good things from this.
  The scripture above has been on my heart since all this happened. I am holding on to God's Promises.. They are many.. He will get us through this. If we put our trust in him, he will work it out.

 In other news... Kidding season is coming in quick.... Thursday is the first possible due date.. We shall see.. It will probably start a Week from Thursday.. I am ready to bring home my newest goat addition & her buckling too.. Just waiting to get things coordinated with her current owner.  
 Tobias is Lacey's buckling from this year.
He is the grey/black kid in the front 
He will be one of our new bucks for breeding. 
She is retaining the doeling darker kid in the back.

This is Ms.Lacey last year. 
An easy milking 3 yr old full blooded Unreg. Nubian
I have loved the looks of this girl 
since my friend brought her home.
New goats are always fun. :)


 Things are crazy as usual.. Woke up to Icy rain but it has warmed up to at least 40*. It will be a little icy in the morning though. Its really wet and supposed to be back in the 20's overnight.. One more day of Winter done. :)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Petunia & Spitfire

I had mentioned we got her back in August..
Then failed to post pictures.. 

She is a happy little pig.. 
She popped the ball with in a few minutes.
But loved it while it was in good shape. 

She was helping to clean the barn a couple of weeks ago..
Goats aren't quite sure what to think of her.. 
But they don't seem to mind her...

She was being brave so close to the electric.

She is about 45 lbs here..
A little bigger now and Extra hairy...
 Sooo What is our purpose here with a potbelly pig?... Well She had been bought as a pet but it didn't work out. I had been rolling the idea around of getting a potbelly to try raising for meat.. Don't worry Petunia is not the next center piece for the dinner table...  I have been told their meat is not very good by some. However we are going to try it. Milk fed pork is good.. Maybe it will improve the potbelly...
 We will be raising barrows for meat. They wont of course provide the same amount of meat as a full size hog but hopefully their size will be more manageable here on our small acreage..  If that doesn't work out Petunia will still stay. She did an awesome job cleaning up the gardens. We are going to work on a larger portable pen for next year since she is almost full grown now.. Looks like she will grow up to about 60-70lbs. Our next step will be finding a baby daddy..  :)
   Petunia loves to play. With the weather lately though she is usually hiding in her hut under a pile of hay. She comes out, eats, does her business, runs around a little then back to the pile...Oh the life...
She is a happy chubby little creature. I definitely like her better than a full size pig.. She is not near as scary. My youngest takes care of her on a daily basis. Petunia is never aggressive.. But she sure can be noisy.. Especially when those bossy goats are getting food and she is not..

Spitfire the steer... 
 Spitfire has been an education.. He is separate from the goats now because he is to big to trust around babies and we have 6 days to babies. He also doesn't realize how big he is.. We are getting ready to build a buck pen and he will go there so the pasture can have complete rest till May before I let any animals on it.
We sold Elsa the Brown Swiss heifer when Candice decided to get married since she wouldn't be here to take care of her, couldn't take her and I have no desire to milk a cow.. I prefer to milk goats. Spitfire is Milking shorthorn and Brown Swiss cross.. obviously takes after the Shorthorn side.  He is doing well. even in this cold.. He eats and eats then lays in his hay.. 
 Its a little warmer right now then it has been got up to a whole whopping 30*. Everyone seems to be faring in the cold weather.. Supposedly snow this weekend some.. We will see.. And that is a little more update of the other species around here.. See? I do have more than goats! 
  Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
  Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoiceBefore the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth. Psalm 96:11-13