Soaring Hearts Farm BLOG
Saturday, March 29, 2014
7:03 pm pdt
It has been a busy and eventful kidding season thus far, and we are far from over. Current tally, 6 ngierian dwarf kids
3 does, 3 bucks. 13 mini nubians, 8 bucks, 5 does. Several wethers and a couple bucks are available, possibly one doeling
unspoken for at this point. 5 more does to kid. Deliveries have been challenging with new twists and turns and one emergency
call to Alison for help. Gracie appreciated our help and has bounced back to nursing her strapping bucklings all day and milking
4lbs each AM. Tilly...well she heard she might be going somewhere if she had a doeling, so...she didn't! Most kids this year
have been named in honor of our Super Bowl champion Seahawks, but this week Bella gave birth to 4 little Cullen's! Naming
baby goats is one of the sweet rewards for a year of hard work!
The Solar panels have been busy soaking up the rays
and helping to pay off the system. They like sunny cool days best of all.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Merry Merry Christmas 2013
6:27 pm pst
OK the major event of December has nothing to do with goats...directly. After looking at the perfectly south facing green
metal barn roof with solar in mind for the past 10 years...AND attending green energy fairs for just as long...finally a reality.
Because all of the components are now made in Washington, and the universe of finance has lined up in conjunction (at least
that is what I think it is, could be perfect trine as well), it became not only cost possible, but cost effective to do. My
daughter's boy friend Joey put the big red bow on top as the finishing touch to this project. And, YES the Pacific Northwest
is a good place to invest in solar energy.
On other notes, the goats have finished off the two truckloads of pumkins
scavenged after Halloween and have been chowing down on left over christmas trees that granddaughter Aliyah and I scavenged
yesterday. It smells wonderful in the barnyard right now.
Babies will start arriving in just over a month as the
two Nigerian Dwarf senior does are due in the final week of January. Ruth and Gracie will be due in February, along with Hyacinth.
Heart's First Lady came back to the farm hopefully bred to Carpenter Ranch Perseus. She was one of only two MN doelings born
on the farm in 2012 and had been reserved. Since that year, I no longer will promise a kid just in case we have another "buck"
year to beat all odds. It is a joy to have back the daughter of Bravo and Lady Gaga. Sweet, quiet and small like her half
Muppim has had a difficult month and appears to be on the mend. He is totally addicted to his
"tonic" of Molasses, karo, corn oil and Kefir with a squirt of red cell. We know he is feeling better as he is once
again dominating his wether Star!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
November 24, 2013
1:30 pm pst
GREEN updates, 2 year old compost has been moved to the garden (we'll spread it out in the next couple months, but still
harvesting tons of Kale, carrots, leeks, celery, collards, beets, fennel)...so maybe February!. Hired tractor job, what a
lot of beautiful black gold. Soaring Hearts Farm is going SOLAR! Sometime in December an 8KWH, made in Washington solar installation
on the sunny south side of the barn roof, will become reality. It's a deal I could not ignore, the system will pay for itself
in 3 years! A better investment than my retirement 401K and it will come close to paying my electric bill for the next 25
years at least. IF I live that long! This is a 12 year long dream coming true, a tiny investment in the longevity of
our planet...I hope.
10 does bred so far, two youngsters to go, going to be really busy in February and April.
Probably by mid March I will be saying "what was I THINKING", but for now, new enclosures being set up and early
preparations being made. Barn full of hay everyone healthy except Muppim, who at nearly 7 has gone downhill rapidly. Hopefully
I have intervened with worming, nutritional support and iron to turn him around. He has two bred does here, one outside and
possibly a third here. Bred him to his lovely daughter Vanilla Sugar for some strong line breeding hoping to concentrate
some of his exceptional aspects. Will definitely be keeping the best buckling from Delight or Brown Sugar this year.
Pumpkins, applesauce and birthdays with the grandkids help round out the fall agenda.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Thursday October 10th
Just a quick update on the mini Nubian, Nigerian dwarf and surprise...Nubian population on Soaring Heart's Farm this fall.
When it rains around here it pours. From a drought of doelings in 2012 to a storm of them in 2013. Currently we are up to
5 Sr mini Nubian does (all with CH or RCH wins), 3 mini Nubian Jr does who will be bred this year, and 4 more to be left open
as they were late spring, early summer kids, and one still for sale to right home. There are 3 Sr Nigerian dwarf does now
and one nigie girl left to find a new home. A surprise came in the form of two Nubians a month ago as well. Belle will be
staying on at least a year for new 1st gen minis but Juliet will be sold bred to Root Beer. The kids can be registered as
grade mini Nubians. That's 19! I think. Mini Nubian Sr bucks 4 and two Jr bucks. Finally Muppim and Star. Total 27 goats...serious
goat hoarding going on here. Several of the bucks are for sale to the right homes and if everyone finds those new homes we
could be down to 21, but I am not really expecting that to happen. It is going to be a busy and beautiful spring with mini
Nubian baby ears flying across the pasture.
12:28 am pdt
Once again I surprised myself by winning the Sweepstakes in
the Agriculture Department of the Evergreen State Fair...who knew...I'mafarmer! lady. The best story of all are the "Best
in Show" Macoun Apples harvested off neighbor Jane's tree.
So far about 200 lbs of organic fruits and vegetables
have been donated to the Snohomish Food bank this year. There is still plenty of Kale, just finding time to pick it and get
it there fresh remaining challenge. Even with the interesting weather challenges this summer, the garden has been fruitful.
Monday, July 1, 2013
Home from the shows! What a whirlwind year this has been. 14 doelings and 14 bucklings! Far cry better odds than last year.
Of course the nigies in the bunch continue to produce a better average!
7:36 pm pdt
At the MDGA sanctioned show in Monroe,
Soaring Heart's Farm did very well indeed. Mikey swept the mini Nubian rings and finished his championship including Best
in Show in one ring. He adds this to a Virtual picture show champion leg and a reserve champion spot at show in Stanwood
Chantilly Lace finished her GCH in Monroe and we are very proud of her. Lovely soft easy to milk udder, and this
year she finally figured out how to behave on milk stand!
Rose Bonaparte also finished GCH (and a Best in Show) and is
a strong first freshener. Nice udder, beautiful doe. Her buckling was my favorite overall of the year.
Hyacinth had two
Resrve champion placings in Monroe, but this just wasn't her year. She is the farm #1 favorite goat especially on the milk
stand. She has a wonderful texture to udder and empties out in minutes...like 2!
Gracie also took a reserve placing in
Kennewick this year and continues to be a milking powerhouse. She finally gave up a couple doelings and her beautiful daughter
Masquerade will be staying her to carry forth this power.
Masquerade took her own dry champion leg in Monroe so she
stayed home from Kennewick to give other girls a shot.
Vision took her up on it and earned two dry legs (unfortunate
that the show format did not allow us to pull her after the first one)
Bravo took a couple reserve champion legs adding
to a collection. After his jr leg in Boise as a baby he just hasn't caught the judges eye to see what we all see in this guy.
His kids are gorgeous, his daughter our favorite milker. Maybe next year!
Marvin Gaye is our new Jr Champion and will
be taking over for Mikey later next year.
And last but not least Sugar Pie gave us a surprising reserve championship
and this wild child strutted her stuff and has decided she likes living with humans after all!
I hope I didn't
miss anyone, but you can see that the breeding program here is gaining recognition and respect.
OH I should probalby
also share that Lucky DISE's Cinnamon one of Bravo's daughters out of our dear Jelly (who lives next door as the 4H project
for Emma) ALSO took a Jr champion leg in Monroe.
Alright now out to take care of all these goats. Please visit
the sale page as there are a few special goats who still need to find their new home. And a few new doe offerings as well.
has been falling steadily for the past few days. What that means on the farm is more indoor time for all of the farm animals
EXCEPT the Dogs! They love the snow.
Goats aren't fond of, but do fine in the snow as
long as they have a place to escape wind and wet, but they do still need good ventilation.At this time of year I actually
let stall bedding build up a bit as the manure and urine help create some heat. However, amonia fumes can cause respiratory
problems. Several things I have learned over the years include placing bedding pellets in the base of the stall and regularly
top dress with wasted hay (they do this for me!), and straw. I also keep the doors to the stall open since most of the areas
are draft free and this helps with air circulation. Also, If I can smell it, they are breathing it...this is my clue that
it is time to add bedding, or clean it out.
The second thing to be concerned about is fresh
water that is not frozen. This is true for all of the farm animals. Over the years I have carried many buckets of warm water
and broken ice on stock tanks. Last year, I purchased a heated water bucket and stock tank de-icer. Of course with goats extra
care to keep them from access to chew the cords is important...but I want to tell you how nice it is to only carry two small
buckets for one distant goat shelter and the poultry.
For pregnant does, excersize is really
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