Living in extreme climates requires thinking outside the box to solve problems that might not be considerations elsewhere. Fresh Milk should be cooled as quickly as possible to keep it fresh longer. Here in Arizona, that’s easier said than done in 110 degree heat when you have 6 goats to Milk. It just takes time, even with the best and most efficient equipment. I have tried different things over the years, but was never satisfied with the results. I think I finally figured out what works! Many of these little reusable ice rods can be put in my gallon milk jars before I head outside and will cool and keep my milk pretty cold until we come inside and transfer it all to the fridge. Bonus is there are no seams or lids to catch milk in, they rinse nice and clean, unlike frozen water bottles or other things I have tried. They take up less space in my jar and they’re easily santizable and durable. It takes somewhere between 7 and 10 per jar, so ive collected quiet a few of them. I just got the pretty multicolored ones today! #littlethingsbringmejoy #colorful #itsHOT #RAWmilk #onlythebest #VelociraptorRanch
Pickle was ALL ABOUT the water hose this morning. We are well over 100 degrees already this morning, so I filled up the mud hole for him and Olive. Olive came over for a spray down after a bit too. #VelociraptorRanch #baconseeds #growyourown #youcanlovethemANDeatthem #summertime #itsHOT
Our simple pulse milking machine is finally here and in service! I have to make a new routine for milking, but I can say I enjoy it so far. We got the larger pump as well, so once the milk barn is finished, I can milk 2 goats at a time! #simplepulse #efficiency #Nubians #VelociraptorRanch
Noteable placings day one:
Easton showed his first goat at 4 years old in peewee showmanship.
-Desert Diamond What About Love (Angus)(1 yr buck)
1st place ring 1 🎉🎉
– Velociraptor Ranch Melisandra (2 month old doeling) 2nd place ring 1
– Velociraptor Ranch Aspen (4 month old doeling) 3rd place ring 2
**Judge pointed out that she has a loose pastern, which will resolve as she ages (and some bosE) were it not for this, he said she would have taken 1st in her breed class. **
-Desert Diamond What About Love (Angus)
3rd place ring 2
-C Marie Creek Jupiter 5th place ring 2
-Desert Diamond True Grit 4th place ring 2
-C Marie Creek Jupiter 4th place ring 1
Desert Diamond True Grit 4th place ring 1
🎉Noteable placings from Day 2🎉
-C Marie Creek Jupiter: 3rd place ring 4
-C Marie Creek Jupiter: 2nd place ring 3
-Desert Diamond True Grit 3rd place ring 3
-Velociraptor Ranch Melisandre:
Second place ring 3
And of course rock star Angus did amazing.
*Desert Diamond What About Love (Angus)*
First place yearling buck in ring 1,3 and 4
We could not be more pleased with this yearling. Cannot WAIT to see what he does from here. 🎉🎉❤😍😍😬
#DesertDiamond #VelociraptorRanch #ADGA #NubianDairyGoats #winnerwinnerchickendinner #showtime #ASBGA
We have not gotten the last few items to rebuild the waterfowl enclosure, so they are still in the PEN-etentuary. We have been having random hatches of muscovy ducklings and are having to brood them ourselves as the mom ducks aren’t keeping track of their kids. 🤦♀️ first duckling got a chicken foster parent, today he got 8 more children for his group home. 🤣
I was unsupervised at the feed store. 🤭🤷♀️
Lola snuck a gorgeous doeling out between checks this afternoon. Last I saw, she was sleeping and not a sign of labor. An hour later she had this kid on the ground and clean. 🤣 That puts us at 7 does, 4 bucks for the season!! Now it’s time to get breeding plans for the fall finalized, get bloods pulled for bio-security testing and start all over again!
#NubianGoats #ADGA #VelociraptorRanch
How do you have fun on a Saturday night!? Apparently we show clip goats and trim hooves at 9pm. 🤷♀️ the work never ends and at least it’s cool at the moment. #Hustle #work #VelociraptorRanch
Sometimes farming isn’t about cute babies and fun. Sometimes it’s gritty, sad and dirty. Sometimes it’s doing everything you and good friends can think of to save a favorite bird. Sometimes it’s putting a peahen in your kid’s bathtub because you don’t know where else to put her. Sometimes it’s feeding that bird watery gruel via syringe 27 times a day, and throwing whatever medicines you can think of at her… just hoping you can save her. but in the back of your mind, knowing that the time to give up is approaching. This isn’t always a fun life. It’s a daily struggle to make the best decisions possible for all of the lives in your hands. Today, farming is rough.
The cows need socialization and to learn to walk on a lead, so I bought them halters. They look fabulous! Hot, screaming pink for Bubbles and a nice red for handsome Porter.