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How do you find balance?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Paro Aug 14, 2012. 1 Reply

My fiance and I both work full-time. We have three kids between the two of us who do go to their other parent's for part of the week, so there is usually a kid-free day or two. We have milk goats,…Continue

Goat - CAE positive

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kim Gates Apr 6, 2012. 8 Replies

This is part vent and part request for advice....My most ornery goat (but also my best milker) tested CAE negative last year a month before kidding. This year she came up CAE positive. I wasn't even…Continue

 

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dayflowr replied to Manijeh Baxter's discussion Raw milk didn't separate into curds and whey. Is there anything I can still use it for?
"It really depends on what you were trying to do with it. If you are making cheese and it didn't separate then you probably didn't add enough rennet. Don't let it get too warm or it will kill any cultures in it. I am in the PNW as well…"
Jan 7, 2013
Karen Paro replied to dayflowr's discussion How do you find balance?
"I work from 3am to 11am and hubby works from 1am to 10:30am he works 5 days a week and from April until October I work 7 days a week. Our 3 kids are older so I delegate some of the household chores to them.We have chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese,…"
Aug 14, 2012
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How do you find balance?

My fiance and I both work full-time. We have three kids between the two of us who do go to their other parent's for part of the week, so there is usually a kid-free day or two. We have milk goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, dogs and cats and a huge garden.My question is...how do you find balance between working full-time and living a farm based life? We are living our dream of producing a significant portion of our own food but we HAVE to work in order to pay for the mortgage, kids, etc. I find…See More
Aug 14, 2012
dayflowr replied to Heather S's discussion Top-bar frames versus the standard bee hive frames (national etc) - any advice?
"Definitely start with a Langstroth hive before trying a top bar. My boyfriend does our beekeeping and the first year there is so much to learn - you will have failures and successes. There is tons of info on Langstroth hives, but not so much on top…"
Jun 1, 2012
Kim Gates replied to dayflowr's discussion Goat - CAE positive
" I bet you have never been so happy to see twin bucks! Congrats!"
Apr 6, 2012
Shannon Lawrence replied to dayflowr's discussion Goat - CAE positive
"Sorry I missed the first part of this conversation. Very glad things worked out with bucklings instead of doelings. My suggestion would have been to induce kidding so that you would make sure you would be there when she kidded. That way you could…"
Apr 6, 2012
dayflowr replied to dayflowr's discussion Goat - CAE positive
"She kidded yesterday around 11am. It just so happened I was taking the day off work - very convenient! She had two bucklings so I opted leave them on her and I will make them wethers so I don't have to worry so  much about breeding and it…"
Apr 6, 2012
Kim Gates replied to dayflowr's discussion Goat - CAE positive
"I never took sick days and when I did it was always because something was due to give birth, or I had been up all night assisting a birth. My co workers always thought I was crazy. What do you do when a foal is born and it has not gotten up and…"
Mar 30, 2012
dayflowr replied to dayflowr's discussion Goat - CAE positive
"I always plan to be there for births. I already told my boss next week that, depending on when she kids, I may not be in that day.   Good idea on finding someone who can bottle feed them (and has the time). I'll wait and see what I end up…"
Mar 30, 2012
Kim Gates replied to dayflowr's discussion Goat - CAE positive
"I didn't mean to sell them....I meant if you could not bottle raise them then maybe somebody would like to.....they are pure Dairy. I would rather give away animals than have them dam raised and CAE positive. I know you have to heat colostrum…"
Mar 30, 2012
dayflowr replied to dayflowr's discussion Goat - CAE positive
"Thanks for the feedback Kim. I can't in good conscience sell potentiall infected animals to unsuspecting people even though it will be a pain. Do you have any thoughts on pasteurizing colostrum? I know I can buy powdered stuff at the feed…"
Mar 30, 2012
Kim Gates replied to dayflowr's discussion Goat - CAE positive
"I have had CAE positive goats...two of them....a mother and a daughter. I bought them from a certified herd so was shocked to find they were postive. The daughter came down with CAE at a young age and it was horrible.  She got encephalitis and…"
Mar 30, 2012
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"Get to pick up my lamb from the butcher on Saturday. Can't wait to see how much I get and how it turned out."
Mar 29, 2012
dayflowr posted a discussion

Goat - CAE positive

This is part vent and part request for advice....My most ornery goat (but also my best milker) tested CAE negative last year a month before kidding. This year she came up CAE positive. I wasn't even going to have her tested but I brought in a new doe and had her tested so decided to just test everyone.When my doe has her babies,  technically I should bottle feed to avoid the kids getting CAE. However, that is problematic since I work full-time and am not home during the day to do feedings (last…See More
Mar 29, 2012
dayflowr replied to Jeff Hamons's discussion Feed costs
"I am not raising animals on a huge scale, but in my area (northeast of Seattle) a 50 lb bag of layer pellet goes for $16. A 50 lb bag off all stock grain is $10 whereas a 50 lb bag of dairy ration is $18. And a 100 lb bale of 80/20…"
Mar 29, 2012
dayflowr replied to Abitcrunchy's discussion Uneven Beak?
"I had a crossbilled chick once. It was struggling to eat and not growing like it should.  I chose to cull it. Sadly, the reality of farm life is that sometimes we have to cull animals. Once upon a time it would have pained me to have to cull a…"
Mar 29, 2012

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