In taking phone calls with questions about our Pyrenees livestock guardian puppies (LGD), I decided to see if I could find an article that explains the proper way to raise and train LGDs. Well, I was proud to see that my alma mater, Texas A&M University, has actually conducted research on said topic. So, I have included a link to the file at the bottom of this post.
As you can see in the picture above, we have our puppies with their mother and the goats so that they will bond with them. You cannot see it in this picture, but there are also free-ranging chickens and ducks as well. This way our puppies will work for a typical homestead type set up, or they could continue on just with goats and/or sheep. On this page, you will find more information about our current litter.
So, I hope you enjoy the publication! Let us know if you have any questions.
Some of you have asked about a good source for herbs and spices. Well, one of my favorites is the Bulk Herb Store! It is family owned and operated and offers a wide variety of great quality herbs. Plus, right now they are having a fantastic sale! Get 30% off select herbs and spices through October 12! ~Deborah
I have gotten LOTS of questions this summer about the Zika virus and how much caution we should be taking in our area - especially now that we have had our first infections from US mosquitoes. Next Wednesday, Jessie Hawkins will use her experience and training as an epidemiologist to walk us through the current risks and prevention of this virus. If you can't make the webinar, go ahead and sign up anyway so you can get access to the recording!!
This isn't really a blog post as much as a reminder to you that the best way to stay up to date with what we are doing is through our Facebook page.
We do have Pyrenees puppies that will be available soon as well as an opportunity to purchase some of our Nubian goats.
Please keep in touch with us as well! You can do so through the contact button on this page.
Well, there were good intentions to consistently blog about our experiences. However, as you can see, I have fallen a little short. We have been busy "doing" and there has not been much time for "sharing". I apologize.
Since my last entry we successfully have been milking our dairy cow. She is a great producer. The baby goats have grown and we have managed to raise off some ducklings and goslings. Most importantly, we are managing to keep the livestock out of our garden! :)
The Great Pyrenese, Sonya, is due to have puppies soon and we have a new horse for Caraline. I am sad to say that Channa's horse, Katy, passed away. She became suddenly ill with some sort of liver disease and was gone within a week. Thankfully, she still has her Gypsy Cob, Siobhan, to work with. There is a tribute to Katy on my Facebook page. As a matter of fact, when you click the Facebook link above you will be taken directly to that page where you can see other items you might be interested in regarding research I am doing on the 19th Century.
One of those items would be pictures of Channa as a Debutante at the National Sons of Confederate Veterans Reunion in Vicksburg, Mississippi, last weekend. Together we sewed her India Silk Taffeta dress as well as updated Caraline's dress, made a new suit for Craig, and a ball bodice for myself. Phew! This was in addition to the dress made for Channa for the Texas Division Reunion in June. We have also been busy with memorial dedications, including the Confederate Memorial Plaza Dedication in Palestine, Texas, and a few living history events. Oh, and let's not forget that the girls turned in the 4-H Record Books and interviewed for county awards.
So, I guess it might be easy to see why I have been a little behind in my journaling. I will do my best to get back in a more expedient manner! Have a great weekend!
Well, our Ayrshire dairy heifer is now a cow!!! We have been waiting for about two years since we raised her up from a bottle calf. Our daughters have worked really hard. First, they had to teach her to lead and then kept her used to us so it would be easier to work with her once she did finally calve. It's a boy, half Angus, and he is so cute! We're working through the first time momma cow blues but it looks like things may be looking up after the first two weeks.
Her udder was engorged with milk and she did not want us to have any of it! So, warm compresses, massages, herbs, and homemade salve have encouraged her to let down her milk for us and relieve her congested udder. When we want to milk her in the mornings, we will put the calf behind the barn and then let him out the next morning after we milk.
This is a busy time of year around here as the last Neubian doe to kid did so last week. We now have four mommas with eight babies. The first one was born on Christmas Day and the children named her Noel. We also had another set of twins born on St. Patrick's Day, Patrick and Patricia. So, this is sure to be an interesting year.