Filed under: Farm | Tags: Consider Bardwell Farm, Goats, Interns, Internship, Kidding, Milk
Consider Bardwell’s top milker has finally freshened! Dandelion gave birth to two healthy kids, a doe and a buck. These kids sure have a lot to live up to, including Dandelion’s sweet disposition.
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.
Filed under: Farm | Tags: Consider Bardwell Farm, Farmall, Feeding, Goats, Grazing, Hay, Milk, Oberhasli, Pasture, Pigs, Vermont, West Pawlet
On the whiteboard in our milking parlor I have a list of things I want to blog about. The idea is that I will take some photos, go home after evening milking, and do a blog post. I am, however, very ineffective at achieving this! Enjoy some photos from blog posts never-to-be!
Filed under: Farm | Tags: Consider Bardwell Farm, Goats, Grazing, Hay, Milk, Oberhasli, Pasture, Sunset
A very wet winter and spring washed out our goat bridge, the only means of getting the milkers down to pasture, so as we watched the grass grow and the hay supply diminish we planned a new bridge. After an order for twenty foot beams fell through, we decided to do it the old fashioned way, we cut down two hemlocks from the back of our farm, stripped the bark, and laid them across the creek. After feeding increasingly poor quality hay, on Thursday night we were finally able to run the goats across the bridge and onto nutritious, milk making grass! It was a beautiful evening indeed! Enjoy some pictures and a very short clip of some munching!
Filed under: Farm | Tags: Barn, Consider Bardwell Farm, Goats, Milk, Milking Parlor, Oberhasli
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.
Filed under: Farm | Tags: Barn, Consider Bardwell Farm, Feeding, Goats, Kidding, Milk, Oberhasli, Sucker Bucket
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.