Pine Needle Farm

  (Kila, Montana)
The adventures of raising cashmere goats.
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A long time between writings!

  It's been a very long time since I've written in here!  A lot has happened in that time.  New neighbors, changes on the farm, and weird weather, to name a few.

  I have new neighbors all around the mountain.  Luckily they are all nice and easy to get along with, except for one.  The one is nice, just all over the place emotionally, so you never know how they will act that day.  I don't have much to do with them, just wave and be neighborly when I see them.  

  I've been getting quite a few helpxers through here.  They have all been wonderful people, very eager to learn and fun to be around.  It is so nice to have the help!  I've been able to get a lot done on the place that wouldn't have happened otherwise.  I think I'm pretty much ready for winter, there are just a couple of things left to do.  

   The goats are all doing well.  I have 73 right now!  I have all the cashmere sold from this year, after finally getting it all dehaired, finishing just this week!  Now I can do my outside customer's fleeces.  I should be all done and have the machine put to bed for the winter by the end of November.

 We got 5.5 acres of the place thinned out this summer.  It looks much different now!  The goats will have lots of grass and weeds to eat next summer!  It's so open in there now they won't know what to do.  They are used to the thick trees to have get through, so all this open area is quite strange to them.  Now I have tons of slash piles to burn.  Fun times...

 We've had quite a few bears around here this year.  One, or more, came into the lower pasture and got into the helpers dog food.  That was annoying, I haven't had any bear problems in the 19 years we've been up here, then these guys don't secure their feed and now there is a bear that knows the fence can be breached.  Luckily the dogs scare it away from the animals.  I saw four bears at once last week coming up our road!  That was pretty exciting.  Hadn't seen any all year, then 4 at once.  Pretty cool!

 The rats are taking over the place!  I've caught or shot, 16 so far!  A new record for sure.   I think we are going to have a very cold winter this year.  Coldest in years, with temps well below zero for a few days.  Not looking forward to that.  It's been years since we've had a really cold spell.  Oh well, it is Montana after all. :-)  

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