Saturday, March 31, 2012

New Man In Town

There's a new man in town....He arrived this week; coming all they way down south from Lasater Ranch in Colorado.  He is in  a pasture by himself for now, to get adjusted to the forages we have available here on our farm.  We put him in a pasture that has clover that is not as lush as our other pastures.  We had just moved the goats out of this particular pasture, so they had eaten it down pretty good.  He came from an area that didn't have all of the green that we do, so it's important not to turn him out on the lush clover.  It could just shock his system and he could get bloat.


Last year, Mr. Nic Girgenti gave Shane a book to read called The Lasater Philosophy of Cattle Raising. Shane has been chomping at the bit to try out one of the Lasater's beefmasters since reading it.  Everything in this book goes in line with our goals of raising our livestock....goats and cattle.  We ended up with kiko goats after hearing about how much less labor intensive they were compared to other breeds.  Our desire is to raise the animals on our farm with little to no input and for them to still thrive under those conditions.  The kiko goat has proven itself to be just that.  Now it's time for the same with our cattle.  We have raised some good cows out of Limousin, Black Angus, Red Brangus, and Black Brangus bulls.  It's time to try out the Lasater's Beefmaster to see what it's all about.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I'm still here

Yes, I am still here.  Shane took off all last week to get some work done on the other words, we worked our behinds off.  I was so tired last week, I didn't know if I was coming or going.    I am still recovering, it seems, from last week.   I  will, however, leave you with a few photos taken the last few days.

He now has braces

Little miss snaggletooth

Pecan trees are starting to get leaves.  I have always been told that it means cold weather is officially gone.  I guess that should be true being that we've had highs in the 80's lately. 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Enjoy a little time relaxing with your family and friends.

Take a little time to soak up some sun.  Maybe even get a much needed nap.

And perhaps, take a little time to share a little laughter with one another.  It is truly the best medicine!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Remodeling Progress

We've gotten a little more accomplished on the remodeling job. Shane "created" a beam to put over the spot in the ceiling from where we knocked the wall out. This is the beginning of putting it up....

Shane put another board on the other side.....

And then he put the last board in.  It is recessed a little in the middle on purpose, so now I have to go back with the stain and get it all touched up.

The floor is also going down in what will be our bedroom.  I'm really excited to get away from all of the carpeting.  We are doing the bedrooms with this laminate wood flooring (shown below) and the living room, dining room, kitchen, and laundry room will have the vinyl plank flooring.  No carpet for that house!  Our current house has carpeting and I can't help to wonder what all gets tracked in from the "farm" that I'm not able to just clean by vacuuming. 

I'm starting to see light at the end of the tunnel......I'm getting excited.....we may be able to move in soon.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Kidding Continues

Just a quick post for you all this morning. We are still in the middle of kidding here with 49 kids on the ground since yesterday afternoon. We've been well pleased with a lot of our first timers kidding this year producing twins, of course some did have singles.

First timer with twin bucklings
We also have had an additional set of triplets added to our kid crop.  This doe is keeping up with all three of them.  I've said before that we generally do not like triplets, but the does with triplets are doing a great job this year.


A lot of the kids are bouncing and running around in groups, and it is so fun to watch.  I hope to get some photos of them doing their acrobatics.  This little guy below was curious as to what I was doing with my camera.  He just stood there and stared for the longest.  I guess he thought if he was still enough, I wouldn't notice him.  :)

This little doeling is our most uniquely marked kid yet.  She is black white and gray.  It looks like someone dipped their fingertip in white paint and made a circle on each side.  It's pretty neat.

This  doeling heard me open the goat and she dove down into the clover as flat as she could get.  It was funny to see her "hide" from me.  I mean, she kinda stood out in all of that green clover.  She lay there for the longest time, not moving and keeping her head low.  

hiding out

I put this photo on our facebook page last week, but I thought I would share it her on the blog too.  It just brings a smile to my face to see this sweet little face.  This little buckling is a twin out of an awesome first timer.  She has done an excellent job of showing us her strong mothering instincts to her twins.  It's so amazing to see.

May God bless you this week!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


So far 15 kids have arrived. It is my favorite time of the year when all of the little ones start arriving. We've had some really nice weather for them to be born in too.  I went out today and snapped a few pictures while I was tagging the newest ones. 

twin bucklings
We have had one set of triplets.  Not my most favorite to see, but the doe is doing an awesome job of taking care of all three of them.  Generally it seems that there is always a weaker one of the three because it isn't getting enough nutrition, but so far all three are bouncing around like little balls of energy!

This morning had the most perfect weather for all of the little kids to check everything out. 


checking out the surroundings

nibbling leaves

Napping in the sunshine
You can check out our Deep South Kikos facebook page for more pictures of our 2012 kiko kids. While you're there, go ahead and click the "like" button to keep up with all of our updates on blog posts, and photos.  Have a great day everybody!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

First Kids of 2012 Have Arrived

Our kids have finally started arriving! I went out this morning to make rounds, and found these two in the process of being born. While I was looking at these two, I could hear another doe off to my right. I looked across the field and there was a doe by herself. She was in labor too. I checked in with her later, and she had given birth to twins as well. I'll have more pictures to follow, but I wanted to go ahead and share.

kiko kid minutes after being born

kiko doe with her new twins

Now, I'm off to go get them tagged and weighed.