We are feeling the burn today, let me tell ya! Yesterday, we went to the MDGS Goat Day while running on about four hours sleep (and that’s being generous.) Our poor little Frank pup had explosive diarrhea in his crate at around 3:00 a.m. yesterday, and that resulted in a need for a bath, crate cleanup, and consoling the poor little guy. Meaning, very little sleep was had. We spent the day out in East Lansing at Anthony Hall, and attended lectures on parasite management, disbudding, and a roundtable on cheesemaking. We also received an update on all of the planning for the ADGA National Convention being held here in Grand Rapids in October, and were able to provide updates on a couple of the matters we are handling.
One of the highlights of the day was visiting the MSU Dairy Store and enjoying some delicious frozen lemon custard, and George thought his “Death By Chocolate” ice cream was also fantastic! We bought some smoked Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar, and Dagano from the Dairy Store too. I’ve only tried the Dagano, but it is wonderful and I expect the rest to be at least as good as it! We may be having some smoked Cheddar mac-n-cheese in the near future, in fact.
Today, we discovered that we were mistaken about the brake lines on my pickup truck being blown – it was the master cylinder and brake booster. Still in the midst of replacing the cylinder, but the booster is installed. George has done the majority of the work on that – I just assist with passing along tools and such. But wow. We are beat.
On Friday night, we brought home three dozen chicks from Tractor Supply – 12 each of Buff Orpington pullets, mixed Reds pullets, and straight run Americauna/Easter Eggers. We’ve suffered some losses around here with the mail-order chicks over the past several weeks, and so we should be back to our expected laying numbers for the year with these additions. Aren’t they cute? I had to clean some poopy butts off this morning, and have found that they like to crowd so far back into the corner to get away from me, they are out of reach. Solution: an aquarium fishnet, to which I attached a knitting needle with wire as an extension. It did the trick quite handily, and there is no more Poopy Butt Club in our brooder.
Finally, we’re working on getting our legal “ducks in a row” regarding doing some goat milk shares this year. More on that when I have something to report!
Hope that you’ve all had a great weekend
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