Posted by: Eric | March 16, 2011

Decisions, decisions…

Times have been busy on the farm lately.  We’ve had two does that were sick, a frozen pipe in the barn, and any number of other things going on.  Plus, the rest of life has a habit of getting in the way.  We celebrated my daughter’s third birthday this past week, which kept us busy as well.

We have started decision time on the farm, and there are lots of them to be made.  Which can be… difficult, as I’ve been known to be wishy-washy, or else just plain ambivalent.

One of the biggest decisions is figuring out which goats to keep and which goats to sell.  We often look at blood lines.  If two goats are half-sisters or mother-daughter, we can assume they have a fair amount of the same genetics.  So if one is a little better than the other, and the slightly-worse one is about on par with a goat from a different blood line, we’ll go for diversity of blood lines and get rid of the sister/mother/daughter.

So right now, we have Pearl, who had difficulty kidding and doesn’t have as nice an udder as one of her half sisters.  She’s going to get sold.  We have an unwieldly number of buck kids.  Some of them will get sold, too.

So the next question (again, there are many) is what do we do with the goats we’re selling?  Some will become 4H projects.  Some will become meat.  Some might be sold to other farms.  One buck is nice enough that we may try to sell him as breeding stock.  There are quite a few options.

When we get tired of thinking about goats, then it’s time to think about seeds.  The ground may still be ice and snow, but we can start growing seedlings in our windows.  So now wee need to pick the vegetables and flowers for our front garden.  So far, I’ve proposed a soup garden (potatoes, leeks, rutabagas, onions, garlic); a fried rice garden (peas, carrots, garlic, onions); and a salad garden (leaf lettuce, carrots, tomatoes).  Maybe we’ll do a combination thereof.  Maybe we’ll do something else completely.  But we’re running out of time to decide what to plant.

When that topic gets exhausting, it’s time to think about repairs and modifications.  Where do we want the new fences?  How permanent should they be?  When we muck out the barn, do we want to rearrange it?  Is there a better place to store the hay?  Should we build a garage?

Of course, I’m no good at deciding all of this.  So hopefully someone else will tell me what to do.


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