Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sorry its been so long

Hi sorry it has taken  just over 9 months to blogg again but life in wisconsin can be very in tense when you have live animals to care for.

/The winter was very hard and one of the goat kids didn't live, even though he fought very hard. 

The lambing was easier but we only lamb the romneys as we wanted to try a fall lambing plan, this is to help us get lamb for meat ready all year round.
I now some of you don't like the idea of cute little lambs going for slaughter and may I take this oppertite to say  I DONT EAT  suckling pig or veal or baby lamb or baby anything, so I am not about to send in baby  lambs for slaughter. All our lambs are at least 9mth old as they have to hit 120  in weight before they are ready to go ( not so cute as the guys in the pics below).

Going back to spring, our lambing was small, some of our romney didnt lamb and our lamb crop was meager. but we did need to do some culling on our last years ewe lamb crop and this will hopefull see us through.

We are doing alot of emprovements to the property especially for the fall lambers and I have some pics of Davids work, later on

I am now going to jump to the present so you can see our fall lambs and goats

This is Bt and her lamb Twiggy and Dakota and her son
This is Twiggy(so called be Dave as she has the longest legs we have ever seen on a lamb) Twiggy if you didn't know was British model in the 80's.

Goat kids
Jollie had triplet two boy and a girl all white like she is, the girl is not named yet!!
Peaches had twins and boy and a girl the girl is the black and white is the girl Amarlier and Kaylib the boy( so call by my great nice) is the little face just over peaches back

Midnight had tripets 3 boys ( they as so cute I wish they where girls)

Daves new shelter for the fall girls and the weathered goats and Mr billy goat grough. He still has away to go but I am sure he will get it done.
As you can see Copper needed to get in the photo

This is the other angle showing some of the sheltered paddock that the ewes and lambs will have and the back of Giz, you had one dog you had to have the other.

I am agoing to try to keep the blogg up. I do some times feel I am writing to thin air so if you read this and enjoy I would apprieciate so comments now and again

thank you for reading the life of Yorkshire Rose Farm

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Chilly Babies

Happy new year.
Our new year has us trying to keep our baby goats from freezing.
Our first two where born on the coldest day of the year 6th January when the temprature reach -25C with a wind chill that sent it way down to -45C.
Emily decided that it was time to give birth to twin boys. one white one back and white.
The pic is of the white one have a warm, his back legs where frozen so we brought him to the house and layed him on towels with a hot water bottle under him and a hot
bean hag over his legs.
His to nurses(Giz and Copper) watched over him for the 4 hours he was in the house. Giving me the opportunate to do other jobs. As soon as he started moving around the dogs wimpered and I went to see what was going on.
Emily happily received him back lettimg him nurse straight away.
His brother came next.
Black and white and a little smaller than his brother he came in around 7pm. He got the same hot water bottle and heat bag and put in the bathroom as it is the warmest room in the house. I was hoping I had enough milk to see him through the night but at 2am he drank all the milk I had snd carried on crying so Dave got dressed and took him back to mum.
This up set Copper who cryed and howled for his new friend to come back, by 3 am I had him in bed carlming him down so we could all get some sleep.
Next to come was another boy (pic lower down). This was Emilys Mum Peaches, she started in labour while we where feed up on Tuesday morning. So she was moved in with Emily and another heat lamp was added to the pen.
At 9.30 I went to see if Peaches was ok and couldn't find her baby. He had crawled under the milking stand, I pulled him out and put him under the heat lamp, but I could still hear a baby crying and it wasn't coming from the 3 here.
On looking in another pen Baby had given birth to a little girl, she is black as Baby is white.
I was out of heat lamps, but Baby and her Mum Jolie looked like theywhere doing a good job of  cleanig the baby so I went off to buy another heat lamp for the night.
 Wednesday 8th January, its getting warner thank goodness and I have another set of twins born, these two little ones are silver gray, shame they are boys Dave said, such a pretty color.

Peaches and Emily family will have to manage with one heat lamp as these two little fellows need heat, still damp we left them warm under heat. I have just returned from the barn checking to make sure they are ok.
So these guy are about 4 hours old and still on wobble legs.
This is Peaches boy, now just over 24 hrs old.

He is a cute little guy with his skunk marking on his head.

This is Emily and her two, on their feet and nursing happily
They are 3 days old and showing no signs of harm from their frozen legs.
I thought you might like an update on the SAMM's the two lambs where born on the 13th and 14th November as you can see they are getting big and copping well with the extreme cold.
The can get in the barn and we did shut them in all day on Monday when it was so cold, but they have no heat they are well insulated with a warm wool coat.