Not a kid post – This is Bad

THIS IS NOT A CHILD FRIENDLY POST.  Let me just say that if a child is with you DO NOT READ THIS POST OUT LOUD.  IF YOU ARE A CHILD GO GET A PARENT BEFORE YOU CONTINUE AND SHOW THEM THIS WARNING …. There are no pictures so you are safe there but this isn’t a topic you want to be discussing with your child until you decide the time is right … Please read the post first and then decide if it is something you want to share with them.  KIDS DO WHAT YOUR PARENT SAYS!!!




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So today was really weird … Okay the day wasn’t weird but the issue that happened was.  I am not sure how it happened but I just know it some how did.  As many of you know, it is breeding season around here.  That means all the men but one Merino have a set of ladies.

It also means that if there is a stretch of fence shared on the pens we often see them try to tussle with each other.  As you may have read yesterday Matthew, the Billy Goat and Burl, the Shetland ram, were fighting.  Matthew even escaped and there was head butting going on.  Unbeknownst to us something happened in one of those two encounters.

First, let me say that the only sign something was wrong was that Burl was limping.  So when I saw him today I decided to check him out.  Yesterday we thought that Matthew may have just hit him hard and being larger had boogered him up a bit.  Today I caught him and when I flipped him to check his legs I got a surprise and not a good one.

When I flipped him I found that his scrotum had a tear in it and one of his testicles was exposed.  We think that Matthew may have got him with a horn.  I called Doc and he said that the only thing to do is finish the job.  That is right.  Burl and Matthew’s fighting led to Burl being castrated by Matthew.  He just didn’t do it all the way or Right for that matter.

So Even though it isn’t the right time of year to be castrating a breeding ram … It happened.  So what now.  Well, first we don’t have the money right now to replace him.  So I am going to have to sell him to get the money to get another ram.  That means Burl is going to the sale barn.  Sadly, he is to old for anything else.  At the ripe old age of Four His breeding career has come to an end.  He is also to old for Freezer camp.  When meat is growing if it gets full testosterone it makes the meat tough and not very tasty.

I know that doesn’t sound very nice and that we should keep him for fiber but the honest truth is that a small farm like us can’t afford to lose an entire Crop of lambs for a year and their fiber.  So it is the lesser of two evils.  One Ram gone to save a years crop by allowing us to purchase another ram.

On a more upscale note Wilbur and Carl are doing amazing.  They are going on patrol with Mom each evening and most nights.  They are both doing well but Carl is doing the best while Wilbur is all over the place.  Mom has learned that taking them each out one at a time is better then taking them out together as when they are together Wilbur won’t listen at all.  She says he is like a ADD dog.  We are hoping that within a few more months the pups will be on full patrol with Jethro.

RIP Cat Ballou

So this week has been one that is a bit off beat.  The weather has been all over the place.  Highs have been in the 90s and lows in the 40s.  The Goats have been escaping and Little Rat has been in the barn at night for feeding.  B’day still hasn’t had her calf and Sadly Cat Ballou passed away.

So the goats have escaped twice.  Once Matthew was fighting with Burl through the gate and Popped it open.  Then all the milk goats took to the pasture and the fight for girls was on.  Silly Ram and Billy Goat don’t understand The ewes are sheep and the does are goats and they can’t mix.  There was headbutting and rearing up involved until Mom and I got everyone back to where they should have been.   The second time they got the little walk thru gate open and the same things happened.

Little Rat is out on the small sheep pasture with the other injured cattle but he refuses to eat with them.  I think the Donkeys and the sheep scare him.  While the other cattle are much bigger and seem to just push him around.  So every night I go out and round him up and put him in the barn to eat dinner .  I leave him there until morning when I feed him Breakfast and then turn him back out.  This works well until dark.  If I don’t get him in before dark he lays down out in the pasture and you have to go hunt for him.  Once you find him he gets up and you can get him in but if you don’t go looking he isn’t coming on his own.

We are still waiting for B’Day to grace us with the little one in her belly.  We are almost positive she has one in there but so far we haven’t met it.  If she doesn’t give it up by the end of October we will know she faked us out.  Who knows Maybe she is waiting to give me a birthday baby.  It makes sense since She was my Birthday present all those years ago, hence her name.  If that is the case she better pop it on out this Saturday … LOL

The sad part of the week came yesterday when one of our Oldest Angora Goats passed away in her sleep.  I am not sure if it was the weather or something else but she was about 11 years old.  We got them three and a half years ago as older does and a billy.  Curly and Cisco Kidd passed away last year so we feel blesses to have had Cat for another year.  We will miss her as she was the one always wanting in the podcast and photo bombing everyone.  RIP Cat Ballou … We love you and will miss you.