This morning the Albany Democrat Herald showcased our "ranch" on the front page with a headline below the picture at left of "Loving life on the ranch". The article and pictures took up 3/4 of the front page and continued onto an additional page.
I was expecting a small story in the community section and was shocked when a co-worker told me we made the front page. The article came about because we were featured in Farm & Ranch Living magazine. You can read the Democrat Herald story for yourself on their website.
Overall it was a very nice article. The only thing I would like to correct (other than that goats kid, not lamb) is that it gives the impression that all of our animals are rescues. While we do have a lot of rescues here, our goats are most certainly not rescues and they are all registered finely pedigreed animals.
Confetti kidded around noon today with a single buck kid that looks very much like his sire. He has blue eyes and appears to be polled like his dam.
He may possibly be available as a herd-sire, but only after more evaluation. For right now I can tell you that he is VERY wide in the rear, much like his grand-father Basil.
Confetti is being a very good mom and I'm sure he will thrive with all of her affection and milk lavished on him.
Yesterday evening Rtia broke from her pattern of quad births and delivered twins with assistance. The black & white buckling looks a lot like his sire and the white & gold doeling looks like her dam.
These are the last kids out of Elijah for the year and there is just one more kidding to go - that of Confetti who is a Rita daughter.
Almost two years ago I was contacted by Farm & Ranch Living Magazine to be a diarist for the month of June What that meant was in June 2013 I was to keep a daily diary that would then be published in the June 2014 issue.
Well the June/July 2014 issue is out on newsstands now and my diary and pictures are the center article.
I have already gotten a couple of calls from people who read about our ranch there and want to purchase goats from me.
We love our winged pest control and look forward to seeing the barn swallows return every year. We enjoy not only their bug eating prowess but also watching their aerobatic flying and the fact that they chase bigger flying pests away as well.
This year we are doubly blessed with a second nest built in our doe barn. So far they have been very good at following my request that they not build right over the milk stanchion.
This picture of a baby barn swallow was a blue ribbon & people's choice winner for Bekah at the 2010 Linn County fair.