Filed under: Farm | Tags: Barn, Cheese, Consider Bardwell Farm, Goats, Interns, Internship, Kidding, Manchester, Milking Parlor
Our kid count is up to 87, and more kids means more mammas. It’s about time we move back our barrier in the barn to make room for the milkers.
Almost half of our girls have freshened and on Friday we tasted the first milk of the season! Margot predicts the ladies will have a productive year. Our cheese makers are using this first batch of milk to make some delicious Machester.
Of course, more kids means more kid piles. And who doesn’t love a good kid pile?
Filed under: Farm | Tags: Barn, Consider Bardwell Farm, Feeding, Goats, Interns, Internship, Kidding, Milk, Oberhasli, Sucker Bucket
Once the kids were comfortable on their wobbly legs, we moved those first doelings up to the kidding barn where they’ll be spending the rest of their adolescent days. The next hurdle: learning to feed from their “sucker bucket.” Our girls did an awesome job- with just a bit of coaching, they were latched-on to the bucket and gulping away after a mere few seconds.
We’re also excited to welcome Syrup’s heathy twins (a doe and a buck) into the herd! They were born today around 2:00 PM and will be joining the rest of kids in the kidding barn tonight.
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Our supply of first cutting hay was running short in the main barn (where kidding and milking take place), so taking advantage of the complete lack of snow, we pulled the hay elevator out of storage and moved a few hundred bales from the back barn.
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Wendy and Stella help us do chores. They are experts at sampling an occasional goat poop and chasing the occasional chicken.
Filed under: Farm | Tags: Barn, Consider Bardwell Farm, Feeder, Feeding, Goats, Hay, Oberhasli, Pasture, Vermont, West Pawlet
At the end of the day, after evening milking is finished and everything is cleaned up, we feed the milking herd their supper. In the summertime, this means walking them through the barnyard, over the bridge and into a new paddock of pasture. When the growing season has ended, the milkers stay in the barn and eat the hay that we spend all summer harvesting. Whether walking to pasture or breaking open leafy, sweet-smelling bales of second cutting, this is one of the most satisfying parts of my day.
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Filed under: Farm | Tags: Barn, Consider Bardwell Farm, Hay, Hay Wagon, Pasture, Vermont
After a long hiatus from blog posting filled with lots of kid rearing, goat milking, pasture management, and hay harvesting we are back. This picture was taken from the northeast corner of field 8 while Dan baled some nice second cutting below. So far this season we’ve mowed, tedded, raked, baled, and stacked 8,000 bales of hay in our mows with much more yet to come.
On a farm every season seems to feel busier than the last, and summer is a sweaty rush to put up all of the hay we will feed during the colder months when pastures are buried under snow and mud. The long days in the sun make for some enviable farmer tans!
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We recently added four additional headlocks to our milking parlor, making the parlor capacity EIGHTEEN goats! Right now we are milking 76 goats… with more to come! Here is a photo of Margot enjoying the efficient new setup.
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After what feels like two months of rain, the sun finally poked out and lit up the budding foliage…
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Some kids can be very difficult to train to feed from a sucker bucket. Pictured is Margot helping a particularly stubborn kid realize there is nothing better than feeding time.