Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Milk Pail Diaries
Northern Spy Farm Is On It

I recently spoke with Dona and Brad from Northern Spy Farms, over in my old stomping grounds in Vermont. I knew them through friends and some Christmas Party conversations, and thought they would be a good place to start looking for a partner for Bonita. Goats should be with other goats, and I am looking for another female to employ as company and be bred (along with Bonita) in the fall down at Common Sense to their new buck.

Keeping Bonita and Jasper together is not going to work out. Jasper is too aggressive when penned up in a smaller space. And Bonita is terrified of him. Their last two "recesses' together were civil in the pasture, but when placed in the indoor/outdoor stall he just bossed her around. And even if they did work it out, they would be separated soon. When Merlin moves here full time he and Jasper will share a new pole barn and paddock. So a goat in need of a home is in the works. Dona is on it.


Blogger Rane said...

Yeah! Will this be a milking buddy as well? Bonita and her friend will be two peas in a pod! Glad she will soon be part of a dynamic duo!! Will her future friend be of the same elk of goat or a different breed? I think she will be a calmer Bonita after she has a girlfriend to tell all her woes to... as you said goats are very social animals much like us. It will help her adjust if she has a buddy. Sorry to your other sheep but a sheep is just not a goat. Great move for coldantlerfarm. Hope that the future gal and Bonita get along wonderfully. <3

April 24, 2012 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

I'm trying not to laugh here... Okay, I'm laughing!! ;D Now to wait for number three to land... Hehe. Can't wait to see Bonita's friend!

April 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Kira said...

Jenna, I'm amazed at the growth of your farm! Wonderful! As a soon to be goat person I'm totaling up my bills and adding in the cost of feed, health care, etc. of my two goats and making sure I can afford all the increasing expenses of adding 2 more animals to my bunch (currently just 1 dog, 3 cats, 2 rabbits, 7 hens). I know that finances are a private matter and you do a lot of bartering but I'd love to read a post about how you manage the financial operations of your farm. How much do you spend on 2 horses, many sheep, dogs, cats, rabbits, hens, etc. each month - not just the cash you spend but how much hay and other rations do you feed? How big of a part of your operation does bartering play? How well does your blog, book deals, etc. support your business? How does all this play into your business plan? I don't ever expect to be able to live off any sort of farm business (small scale for sure) I hope to have in the future, but right now I would like to make the mini-farm I have going on my double lot pay for itself. I know I (and undoubtedly many other readers) would love to know how you manage your growing farm! Thanks!

April 24, 2012 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger E said...

Is there a limit to the number of animals you will keep?

April 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger E said...

Is there a limit to the number animals you will keep on your farm?

April 24, 2012 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Sure there's a limit!

April 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Sue Steeves said...

more goats = more fun!

April 24, 2012 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger pawsfurme said...

Jeez girlie! What are you going to do with 2+ gallons coming in every day??

April 24, 2012 at 8:02 PM  
Blogger pawsfurme said...

Have you tasted the flavor of the Nubian milk yet? Each breed seems to have a different flavor from what I've experienced, so I would recommend trying it to make sure you like the flavor.

April 24, 2012 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I don't think the new girl will COME here a milker, that is for the future plans. One goat is a sad thing. She needs some caprine sisterhood.

April 24, 2012 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger kristin said...

Totally agree, she needs a gal pal!

April 24, 2012 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

I was thinking that might not work with Jasper and Bonita. I am so glad you will be getting another goat for her to have some company. She will be happier with a goat friend.

I keep meaning to tell you what I do with extra milk. I always rinse out the milk bucket and filter and pour that on plants and flowers. Also if I have lots of extra milk, I add water to about half and half and water bushes and new fruit trees and even veggie plants. It really adds lots of good stuff to the soil. Just thought I would share that with you.

April 24, 2012 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger goatgirl said...

Darn, I have just the goat for you....on the west coast.

April 25, 2012 at 12:53 AM  
Blogger goatgirl said...

Darn, I have just the goat for you....on the west coast.

April 25, 2012 at 12:53 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Glad Bonita is getting a friend! Not sure if sheep do this sort of thing, but keep in mind that there may be some infighting as they establish a hierarchy. Nothing to worry about unless actual serious injuries result.

@Kira - keep in mind that the cost of buying and raising livestock can vary widely from place to place depending on local markets, your specific needs and what you have available to you. For example, I know that I must pay 6 or 7 times more for the same bale of hay than someone in Jenna's neck of the woods. Your question is certainly a valid one, but remember that costs will not be uniform across the board.

April 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM  

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