So it is that time of year when we start getting all of you involved with what is going on here on the farm. It starts with breeding season and moves to birthing season. If you have followed us for any time at all you know that all of you are the ones that get to name the babies born here on the farm each year.
With that said you should know that it is now breeding season. The Milk Goats are already making friends with Matt. He is our new Billy we got from Dana AKA Bitty Boo. We actually got him last year but it was after Breeding season and our girls weren’t in heat anymore. So this year we are sure he will do fine. This year we are also adding Leighton to our milk goat herd. If she produces well and takes care of her babies we plan on starting to rotate who gets milked for us and who just raises babies each year.
So right now I am planning out who will be bred to whom. Then on the First of October we will be penning everyone with their buddies and Breeding season will be in full swing. We will be running three pens. The Merino/meat sheep, The Shetland and the Fiber Pen.
This is what I am thinking so far. This year it is Rammie’s year to be the merino and meat sheep Ram. Then of course Burl will be with My Shetland Flock. That leaves Ralphie to once again take on the QT Cross Fiber sheep. There will be a few exceptions though. Snow is Burl’s Daughter so she will run with Ralphie. And the three babies Mom kept this year are Ralphie’s Daughters so they will be run with Burl.
That is the plan anyway. I will let you know if anything changes. I also have a new plan for the naming convention. Each year we normally have people call out what they would like us to use and then we have a poll and everyone votes for their favorites. Well, each year less and less are people actually voting and that makes it hard to get a convention with a lot of naming options. And more times then not we run out of names before we are done birthing everything.
With all that in mind Mom came up with a really good idea. This year you get to vote yes or no on it and if everyone agrees we will have so many options and so many ways to take part in this years lambing it isn’t funny. So what is this great plan welllllllll ….. Here it goes.
For the 2019 Birthing season we want to honor Everyday Heros. That means in order to name the babies you would have to tell us a story about your everyday hero. Then if you are interested for a fee we will send a letter and certificate to your everyday hero letting them know that we named a baby here on the farm after them.
For example: I want to name one of the babies after Mom. I would call that name out on social media and tell a short story Why she is my hero. Then if my name is used I will be asked if I want the letter and certificates sent to that person letting them know. If I do I will be given an email address to paypal the funds to cover that cost of it and I will email the name and address in which to send it. Then if someone else has another Christy to nominate we use either a number or a letter after it so the Farm can tell them apart. There could be a Christy 1, Christy 2, Christy S, Christy O … ECT. When they go to their new homes they will then just be known by the name Christy. And we have a ton of names to use for birthing season.
So what do you think?? Would all of you be willing to help us celebrate Everyday Heros in 2019? Or would you rather continue to do the voting on other conventions to use each year? Please let us know what you think