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Southern Snowapocalypse

Southern Snowapocalypse

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I know everyone makes fun of Southerners for how we react to snow.  I get it.  These people have snow 1/2 of the year long.  They think it’s ridiculous.  But what I don’t think that they understand is for us snow is like rain in the middle of the Sahara desert. Seriously, it’s like being from the red and orange land of Arizona and seeing the blues and greens of the Mississippi for the first time (or second time).  Real snow – the kind that STICKS and you can PLAY in – is so rare.

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Just for today, I want you to put all of your judging aside 🙂 and see this Snowapocalypse through a Southern point of view.  (Seriously, we got like 8 inches.  That’s kinda a big deal.)

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I’ve never seen snow come down so fast and hard.  My hair literally froze.

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We played well into the night with friends and family.  We had pool floats, plastic sleds, and a John Deere Gator – you can only imagine 🙂

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You must admit – there is something magical about it all.

The next morning we decided to play with the animals – in the snow, of course!

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And by play I mean – we even took the puppies sledding 🙂

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Here is a video of Justin sledding with my sisters Pyrenees, Zeus.  He is from our first litter and 8 months old.

Here are two videos of the puppies sledding 🙂

Kadi tried all by herself:

Maybe we are easily entertained… or maybe we just know how to have fun 🙂

Either way I would say everyone on Maynard’s Farm has enjoyed our Snowapocalypse!

Until next time!

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Hello World!

Hello World!

Kidding season 2015 began on this blistery morning.  Lil Bit O’Time chose (ha!) the coldest day of the year so far to kid.  At 7 AM two beautiful girls feet hit the oh so cold ground!  WOO HOO!  We are so so excited.  Neither are named yet.  Traditionally their names are supposed to correlate with their mother’s.  I have had lots of awesome suggestions from Lil Bit O’Honey to Lil Bit O’ Luck (My Fair Lady – you know I’m a big fan :D) to Lil Bit O’ Frostbite and Lil Bit O’ Snow.  We will be thinking and will let you know names soon.  With no further adieu …. here are our girls:

One Girl:

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Both Girls:

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Second Girl (with a bit of a milk mustache 😉 ) :

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I had to bring them into work this morning -not because of the cold but because this is DAY ONE of their lives and that requires making sure bottle feeding happens.  (Yes, we bottle raise not dam raise.)

I hope y’all have a great weekend – try not to freeze – and I cannot wait to share pictures of the other babies due in the coming weeks!

A Month In Review

A Month In Review

This has been a busy month around Maynard’s Farm.

We had puppies born:

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They have gotten so much bigger now and will be going to their new homes soon:

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We bought female rabbits for our males only to learn we had females originally…luckily we met some new (awesome) friends who gave us a buck(not pictured):

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Some great friends gave us a house for our rabbits aka “The Taj-Mahare”…And we added on to it:

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We are swimming in eggs and it isn’t even spring yet:

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We also took some losses this past month – I told you about Julie & her kids not pulling through in the last blog – well we lost our inside dog, Darlin this past month:

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Things seem to happen in threes so I am hoping our bad luck is over because the end of this week/beginning of next week starts …(drum roll please)… KIDDING SEASON!!!  We are so excited.  I cannot wait to post pictures.

Until next time!

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A Flannel Christmas and a Hoppin’ New Year!

A Flannel Christmas and a Hoppin’ New Year!

The past two Christmases have had a running theme when it comes to presents.  Any guesses what that may be?  I’ll give you a hint: anything farm related.  Ha!  I must say I love it.  This Christmas across the board was farm themed – whether from the hubs, my parents, my aunt, or my in-laws family – everything was farm related.

For instance, my mother went flannel overboard this year for everyone.  I know that sounds like a negative thing but it was awesome.  Everyone has been decked out in flannel since Christmas around here!

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The hubs got me a great pair of coveralls I can thrown on over my clothes at feeding time and stop having to get everything I own muddy and torn all the time!

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My cousins on my husbands side got me cool chicken themed gifts!  And my cousin Katie got me an awesome tote that says “totes ma goats” with 3 goat silhouettes! Sadly, I have no pictures.

And last but certainly not least….drum roll please…my awesome aunt made an egg gathering apron for me.  She is the bomb.  Justin is really going to look good wearing this… 😉

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I realize people can take things overboard but I love that all my gifts were so thought out!  They were practical (to an extent) and all for or about the thing(s) I love…my farm!

Christmas should never be about the gifts but it’s so nice to know that friends and family pay attention to the things you want and need.

While our Christmas was filled with flannel we will be hoppin’ into the New Year.

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This big boy is Goliath.  We just picked his girlfriend, Sheba, up last night.

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And this is Thumper.  We picked up his girlfriend last night too.  Her name is Flower.

We are going to start raising meat rabbits.  We have been wanting a pig for some time but they just take up so much room and make SUCH a mess.  Rabbits are much smaller, much less mess, and procreate quickly.  I cannot wait to make dumplings.

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I hate to end on bad news but the past week has been a rough one around here.  On Wednesday Julie, one of our Obers, went into labor a week and a half early.  Both kids were stillborn.  (Goats cannot survive that early)  Julie was doing great and then we got off work Thursday and she was down.  After a lot of tireless hours filled with antibiotic shots, syringing water, and finally a trip to the vets….Julie died.  At this time we do not know why.  All of our animals are disease tested before coming to the farm and then tested yearly here.  We are sending off tissue samples of the babies and a blood sample for Julie to rule out any disease we may have missed.  Hopefully it was just from natural causes/infection and is not something that can spread to our other does.

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It’s times like these when I am reminded of the Ram truck commercial about when God made the farmer.  I try to mainly focus on the fun, wacky things that happen to us but farming is also filled with losses.  And this past week we lost a lot.

I hope to have pictures of our new does Sheba and Flower up for y’all to see soon!

Until next time!

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Oberly excited about Oberhasli’s!

Oberly excited about Oberhasli’s!

When we (Justin and I) started this grand adventure we bought several different breeds of dairy goats.  Nubians are the favorites of most of the people we run in to.  Below is Georgette.  She is a purebred Nubian from a line (Six M Galaxy) of star milker’s.  You can see why Nubians are a favorite.  Talk about gorgeous.  Not to mention she kidded with triplets this year and nursed all three!  We didn’t have to bottle feed at all.

But we have decided to narrow down our herd to only one breed and Nubians were the first crossed off the list.  Why?

1.  They are LOUD.  Loud is actually an understatement.  These guys whine like crazy.  When I walk outside I have to sneak around (even if I am just going to my car) because if she sees me… HELLO!  The screaming begins.  You know those funny goat videos of goats screaming?  Not so funny when it’s all day right outside your house.

2. They are attention queens.  Oh my goodness.  They have to be first. They want the most.  They have to be the closest to you, etc.  Georgette is crazy protective of me.  If anyone is around me her hair bristles on her back and starts to stand up.  That’s the only warning you will get before she head butts you.

3.  Did I mention the yelling?  Seriously, the yelling did it for us.  Nubian’s were crossed off of the list.

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We talked about Alpine’s.  I love this breed but we had trouble finding them so we never purchased any.  We never purchased Saanen either.  We did get two La Mancha’s and have several baby La Mancha’s.  I ADORE this breed.  My La Mancha’s are the most wonderful things EVER.  Now, why did they get crossed off of the list you may ask.  No, it’s not because they don’t have ears.  I actually LOVE this about them.  I think this peculiar trait makes them that much more beautiful.  Here is the main reason we are not keeping this breed:

1.  They are HUGE.  Ok, I’ve seen several La Mancha farms online and their La Mancha’s aren’t as large as ours.  Ours are like small horses.  No, but really they weigh around 140-160.  I can’t really do much by myself with them.  I almost always have to have Justin and I do NOT like that.  The other night while I was putting dewormer in Giselle’s mouth she did not want it and I RODE her a few feet.  Yep.  You read that right.  She took off and my legs were around her neck.  I think you can see the problem.

2.  They are also drama queens.  No, they are not loud drama queens which is a positive, but man do they get their feelings hurt.  And if their feelings are hurt they are UNCOOPERATIVE.  Whew.  They are like constantly having teenagers.

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But goodness aren’t they gorgeous!

The breed we narrowed it down to was not a breed we planned on purchasing.  Gretel came to us as part of a “package” last year.  Remember this?  Gretel quickly became the Queen of our herd beating out Giselle aka the Bearded Lady pictured above.  She was quiet and docile, but SO smart and most definitely the herd queen.  Until we had Great Pyrenees she was even the “watch dog”.  She NEVER yelled, occasionally if I was late at supper time she would stomp her feet to let me know she did not approve.  Gretel is what led us to LOVE the Oberhasli breed.

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Goodness do we miss her.

What finalized the Oberhasli breed was when we rescued this little lady!  Meet Julie!

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This rascal was at a home with NO fence on a highway and had been hit by a car.  We think she has some neurological damage and the muscles in one of her back legs has atrophied quite a bit.  But now she is with us and has made lots of progress.  She sealed the deal with our Oberhasli decision.  And let me tell you…this girl LOVES alfalfa squares.  She is so funny and loves to play with the babies.  We met the original owner that bred her.  We visited her farm last fall and she was thrilled to know Julie had found a good home.  It is horrifying to think that something (like what Julie went through) can happen to one of the animals you loved so much.

This week we have sold 6 of our goats and in the next few weeks the rest will go.  While I am SO sad and a wreck.. hoping and praying they go to good homes… I am so excited for this new step.  We are thrilled to be bringing in Ober’s!

Until next time have a little laugh.  Here is Polar Bear Hebe vs. Regular Hebe.
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