Well first the bad news. We received an email from the Fleshman’s one of our goats didn’t make it. Some complication occurred and the goat passed away Friday night. It’s possible it was from worms or an infection. The Fleshman’s mentioned that they had run out of their herbal wormer because the supplier ran out.
We are very sad that the goat didn’t make it and we won’t be able to enjoy adding her to our family. Our condolences stretch out to the Fleshman’s as well, because while we were looking forward to the joy of adding all the goats to our family, they had raised the goats for the last almost 3 months. That’s the hard part about being on a homestead. You definitely have to come to terms with the cycle of life very quickly. I think in general it’s a good thing, it teaches how precious life is, the balance of life. You can see God at work on a homestead, even if all things don’t go as we intended.
While I hate to turn the tables so quickly, but I did get a lot of work done this weekend getting ready for the goats arrival. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been experiencing some extreme cold weather and snow. Well I say extreme but mainly just extreme for Oklahoma. We’ve been in the freezing temps for a long time and getting some regular snow that stayed an entire week and a half so far, which is unusual for us.
Regardless I made a commitment to pickup the new goats that we left a deposit on by the end of February. So there is work to be done wether it’s cold or not. So this weekend we got a bobcat and an auger out to dig some holes. We spent about $800 just on fencing materials. By the end of the day we busted our humps enough to finish one of 3 paddocks. I still need to string the fencing but the posts are installed and that was the hard part. Being winter with no real grass to be had we only need the one paddock, since there is no reason to rotate yet. By spring when the grass starts growing we’ll need to finish the other paddocks for rotation.
Enjoy some pictures, click for larger: