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P.O. Box 190
Fly Creek, NY 13337

The Payoff of Farming…… it’s not money

Farming Pays off in So Many Ways

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Farming is a lot of work! July is  the month  on a farm that you see the results of all your hard work. Whether it’s the animals with their healthy offspring playing in the fields or the first taste of  fresh vegetables and ingredients from the garden. It just all comes together this month and you don’t want it to end. Ask your local farmer what their work day hours are like and they will tell you dusk to dawn ,  maybe even longer if they have headlights on their tractor. There is something to be noticed and appreciated everywhere you look on the farm this month. We are eagerly awaiting  for the raspberries to rispen . Our final two buckling have been awarded the names of Otis (good listener-Hebrew meaning )  and Ozi (strong-Hebrew meaning  ). We enjoyed meeting folks from all over the country as our guest at the B&B . I would say most leave agreeing that it’s hard not to  ” Laugh , Live and Love on the Farm “.

Oh Boy (s)! Come Play with Our Baby Goats

New Goats on the Farm

 

Yesterday afternoon Olga gave birth to two little bucklings.  The birth was flawless and could not have gone any better. Both boys are nursing and happy. And did I say adorable !  These boys are among the lucky males to be born as cashmere goats, prized for their fiber, not meat. I can’t help but be amazed by the mother- kid  bonding that starts to occur immediately after birth. First the licking, than soft quiet nahing  and eventually nursing. There is constant communication and trust  developed in those first few minutes. It’s a beautiful interaction to watch unfold  in front of your eyes.

According to Wikipedia animal bonding is ” a relationship that usually begins at the time of birth between a parent and offspring and that establishes the basis for an ongoing mutual attachment.” As much time as I spend with these new little kids they will never have the bond with me the way they have with their mothers. They look to their mothers for all their needs.

goatsOn the flip side of all this bonding time is the reality that our boys needs to be socialized . This can only happen if they have an opportunity to interact with people as much as possible. Anyone who has played with baby goats knows how entertaining it can be.  We would be more than glad to throw down a quilt in the pasture and have you sit and play with our boys !  Just message us on Facebook at Hulse Hill Farm  to set up a time !

Our Farm Family is Growing !

Our Farm Family continues to grow!

We welcomed a new buckling on the farm early Saturday morning.  I earned my goat stripes with this little guy. No name yet and we would love suggestions that start with the letter “G”since his mom is named Gwen. Little “G” man  didn’t nurse or get up for the first two hours after birth. Not a normal behavior. So attempted bottle feeding and  nudging  did get some colostrum in him. By 3:30 am it was time for everyone to sleep.  Early morning  I found two dead fetuses that had developed until the third or early four month. According to the wonderful vet that made an emergency visit  Saturday night it looks like there was an infection noted in the color of the placenta. Little “G” man is lucky to have made it . The good news is that he is making steady gains, nursing (thank goodness) and starting to jump around. He is absolutely the cutest creature on earth. Ok , that’s the mom in me speaking. However it’s true.   As a perk to my emergency vet visit (and  bill!) we had an ultrasound done on Olga and saw two  pitter pattering heart beats. Looks like two more weeks for her delivery. As sad a the loss of these potential kids I am always amazed how mother nature leads the way.  Acceptance and moving on to what needs to be done are lessons  that farm life can teach us.  In the meantime little “G” man would love to have visitors  who would  like to hold him and sit to  play with him since he has no brothers or sisters . 

 

 

Combing is Therapeutic !

In our fast paced world (and getting faster as you read this ) we tend to always be thinking ahead of what we have to or should be doing. No one knows this better then your local farmer who has to think about the weather, as well as the time frame for getting their season off the ground. With hopes that everything will progress, God willing, like a perfectly running clock. But that is not how life works. I have yet to meet a farmer who does not have some basis of a true faith whether they call it God or some other higher power. One of the activities I love this time of year is the combing process. For my fellow cashmere farmers who have more then 50 goats it can be a hectic and frantic time in getting all the cashmere off their animals. However, for me it means it’s time to slow down and enjoy what these amazing animals are giving me. If you rush the combing process a goat will feel it and will let you know. They will wiggle, yelp and their eyes will communicate their uneasiness. Combing a goat can take more then one or two sessions. It’s a process of connecting with the animal that communicates trust and appreciation. Goats let go of their fleeces in the spring but that can mean anywhere from March to June. When combing your senses take in the smell and feel of the fiber . In the end a goat walks off the stand looking completely different , and it’s a sign that another season has ended and new one is beginning.