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Lotus & Minnie: Missing Mineral

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Farm Blog, Goats | 10 comments

Lotus & Minnie: Missing Mineral

An essential part of any nutrition plan for goats is access to free-choice supplemental minerals, to aid in the prevention of various nutrient deficiencies. It is especially important to source mineral mixes that are formulated specifically for goats, as they have higher requirements for some nutrients, including copper, compared with other species. Unfortunately, a few weeks ago we began to have significant difficulty in obtaining the brand of supplemental loose minerals we offer to our herd. This was of particular concern as this year hay quality has been less than optimal as a result...

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California Giant Salamander

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Farm Blog, Flora and Fauna, Native Wildlife | 16 comments

California Giant Salamander

This morning was perhaps as near to perfect ‘salamander weather’ as one could hope to find mid-summer here along the coast. The coastal marine layer was so thick early this morning, there was actually some measurable precipitation. Not really enough to call it rain, per se, but the 0.03″ that misted across our woodlands this morning was enough to make everything outside damp, and give the air a fresher, more clean, aroma than it’s had in weeks. As my neighbor was attempting to leave for work early this morning in the drizzle, he stopped and called our attention to...

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New Additions: Magnum Opus

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Farm Blog, Goats | 8 comments

New Additions: Magnum Opus

A few weeks ago while Lotus, Lia, and Minnie were all on imminent kidding watch, we brought a new junior herd sire to the farm. I admit that I have been epically remiss in introducing everyone to this new fine fellow, but between spring schedules, and wrapping up kidding season, I simply couldn’t find enough hours in the day to sit down and write this post, let alone find time, on a dry fair-weather day, to take some photos of him. So, without further ado, we’d like to finally introduce you to Trilogy Ranch SHH Magnum Opus. ‘Magnum Opus’ is defined as ‘the...

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Bouncing Back Into Spring – Part II

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Farm Blog, Goats | 12 comments

Bouncing Back Into Spring – Part II

Last night Curbstone Valley Mariposa Lily presented us with triplets! Two doelings, and a buckling, bringing us to a total of 6 does, and 6 bucks, for the season. A 50:50 buck to doe ratio? I’m happy with that! Lily was bred to Castle Rock Abraham Darby back in October, and until about the last hour before she kidded, except for her impressive girth, you’d never know Lily was even pregnant. As a yearling, she remained remarkably bouncy throughout her pregnancy, which until last night was quite uneventful. Saturday was day 145 of her pregnancy (and Lily’s birthday), and her...

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New Additions: Neve Ice

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Farm Blog, Goats | 6 comments

New Additions: Neve Ice

It’s now officially the first day of spring, and a perfect time to introduce you to the newest addition to the farm. Meet Castle Rock Neve Ice. Neve or Névé (pronounced nei-vei): Also called Firn. A snowfield at the head of a glacier that becomes transformed into ice. Over the last two years it’s become a bit of a running joke that any goat we place a kid reservation on, will be guaranteed to kid with the complete opposite of what we’ve reserved. That’s the way it goes with baby goat reservations sometimes. Each season is always a little bit of a gamble. Reserve a...

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Spring Kids: The Goats Meet ‘Gulliver’

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Farm Blog, Goats | 16 comments

Spring Kids: The Goats Meet ‘Gulliver’

A couple of weeks ago we finally received more than five inches of rainfall, which helped to green up the goat pasture considerably. Suddenly though, the temperatures soared into the low 80’s over the weekend, which was a perfect opportunity for all of the goat kids to really run around and play! The grass isn’t very tall, but at least now it’s green, although the goats were much more excited about the rocks than the grass anyway! However, it seems that some of these rocks in the pasture have become habitat for our resident reptiles…and two Coast Range Fence Lizards...

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Bouncing Back Into Spring – Part I

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Farm Blog, Goats | 11 comments

Bouncing Back Into Spring – Part I

Since the middle of last week sleep has become a rare commodity on the farm, as our 2014 kidding season has officially begun! By late in her pregnancy Castle Rock Royalia was looking like she was going to burst. Lia is the longest bodied doe in our herd, and until the last 3-4 weeks of her pregnancy she still looked quite trim compared to the other does. Her ultrasound in November showed she was carrying at least twins, but all of a sudden she seemed to be getting much rounder than one would expect for just twins. As such, I made a promise on our Facebook page that I’d eat a raw...

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Winter Garden Outlook

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Farm Blog, Garden | 14 comments

Winter Garden Outlook

A reader emailed me in the New Year to point out that it has been months since I last posted a garden update. They weren’t complaining, but they were disappointed that I’d abandoned my regular garden updates last summer. The truth is, by late summer, I’d basically abandoned the gardens. Unless you live in a cave, you no doubt know that California’s lack of rainfall over the past 13 months has resulted in a record-breaking, headline stealing, drought. As we depend on an agricultural well for the farm’s water supply, we’ve been tightening water use on the...

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