While on my way out into the barn to meet our new livestock, this Sacred Heart photo caught my eye. A very nice reminder of Who is in charge. Not sure which one of the kids hung it up there but I’m glad they did!
Meet Mabel! She’s a French Alpine dairy goat who will be a first time mom sometime in March. It’s been a very long time since we’ve had goats. I’m thinking 2007 or 2008. Those who know me will be shocked knowing how much I dislike them. This is Fred’s plan though and who am I to stand in the way! He figures, and rightly so, the youngest children here need a very early morning purpose. They need something more time sensitive then light chicken chores etc. Mario and Isabella were begging to have something to milk so this is the end result of much debate. Below is the second goat.
This French Alpine is named Sabrina. They are pure bred and seem to be of very good quality. She is due in April. The children are very enthusiastic to say the least. One of our milk cows, on the other hand, is less than thrilled at the newcomers. “Annette” kept jumping over the fence in fear of the new goats which she had never before been exposed to. She is still, after 4 days, adjusting to the idea. Anyway, as much as I prefer dairy cows, I must say these goats are really beautiful! So far………so good. Now I will continue to like them if they stay where they are supposed to be. They have to stay out of my yard and out of the gardens!! Then, life will be peaceful here on the Callens Farm!
Cute isn’t she? What’s not to like? Both of our youngest children are so excited about the prospect of having their own animals to milk. They will need to have guidance from the older ones around here and listen carefully or else risk the loss of this important responsibility. It’s opportunity like this that helps create a good sense of work ethic. Start small on the farm with little jobs, as they have for quite a while and then move on to the next best thing. Honestly I’ve been consoling myself with the fact that goat milk is actually better for us than cows milk. So we need more milk around here? The answer is no! At least not for now but the children need this and so the next adventure starts. One of our milk cows is “on vacation” until around March 4 when she will give birth to a baby calf.
That’s the news for now.