Pine Needle Farm

  (Kila, Montana)
The adventures of raising cashmere goats.
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Time to Vent

This entry is about the poor quality with which things are made these days.  A couple of months ago I had to buy a new weed-eater.  The one we'd had for 16 years died.  I bought a new one of the same brand, since the old one had lasted so long without a lot of care.  This new one only worked 5 times before the string head on it broke.  I was thinking when I bought it that the head seemed to be made of pretty brittle plastic for the job it's supposed to do.  Sure enough, it fell apart.  I took it back, they replaced part of the head, but not all, which I asked why, they didn't give a real good answer, just bring it back if it breaks.  So I took it home and used it for about 15 minutes, and it broke.  We live a good 45 minutes from town, so it's not just a "quick run to the store" kind of a thing to go to town.  It's a planned event with a list a mile long of errands to do while there.  This is supposed to be a top of the line model that should last for years.  I haven't used it again since I brought it back.  It will have to wait till Spring now.

 

    Then, my husband was interviewed for the CBS national news last week.  There were two pictures of yours truly on there to show what he was missing by having to work away from home.  One of which was me combing one of the goats.  That was all fine until the last sentence or two when the reporter called the goats "cashmere sheep" instead of goats!  I've been working for years trying to educate the public on what animal has cashmere, and then in one sentence, it's all for naught.  She was told what kind of animal it was, she's looked on my website and everything. She also called them "his" cashmere sheep!  He hates the goats and wants nothing to do with them.  With those errors in a simple little 20 second spot, it makes you wonder just how accurate the whole newscast is.  Not very, I wouldn't think.  Everything has it's own spin on it.

 

   Now for some good news.  I actually got the main goat pen all cleaned out and ready for winter.  The woodshed is almost half full, and we are working on that the rest of this week.  I re-did some of the goat pens so there will be way less snow shoveling to do this year.  I'm trying to make life a little easier around here.  

  It's breeding season for the goats, so all of that noise is going on.  So far, there is one unplanned pregnancy.  Hope that is the only one!  The doe is one that I wanted to get bred this year, just not so early as she did.  MIdnight, one of the bucks ,got out and joined the herd when they were out in the lower pasture and had his way with Astrid for the afternoon.  Thank heavens she was the only one in heat that day!  Now there will be kids born in early February.  Hope it's half-way warm then!

 

  The chickens are laying lots of eggs now.  Nothing like farm fresh eggs from your own chickens!  These are a bit small, since they are the first ones laid by them, but they are starting to get a little bigger now.  There is one hen that was having a time regulating her eggs.  She was laying a double yolked egg each day for a good two weeks before her body figured out to shell one egg at a time.  They were big eggs, too!  Now there are just single eggs coming out all the time.  Nice dark yellow to light orange yolks, firm whites.  Good stuff!!

Well, that's all that is happening now.... 

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