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Month: January 2018

Drying Off

Drying Off

Well, the time has come that I’ve been looking forward too with a mix of both relief and disappointment: drying off the goats. Drying off is steadily decreasing a doe’s milk production until the doe is dry. This is done so that the doe’s body is given a period of rest before her kids are born in the spring and to allow her body to recharge before another 10 months of milking commences. It also gives the farmer a bit…

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Oh, Snap!

Oh, Snap!

This cold snap we’ve been having has been brutal. It was 27 degrees this morning–a full 40 degrees warmer than it was a few days ago! By comparison to the sub zero temperatures of the past week, it’s practically balmy out there. I checked the mail today without wearing a coat!  I feel like we’ve moved to the tropics! The cold temperatures were especially hard on the homestead, because while the animals handle the cold fairly well, their water freezes…

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