2016 was a different kind of year. While there were many things we wanted to accomplish, it seemed to move slowly, with much waiting and re-prioritizing.
Early in the spring, we realized the woods had been attacked by the Emerald Ash bore, a nasty bug that was killing the ash trees, and we have a lot of ash trees. The decision was made to hire a logging company to remove several sections of trees and do some land clearing. We hoped to gain a small income from the sale of the trees to finally build a barn. Several companies were interveiwed and toured through the woods, and finally one was selected, and a contract signed. Work was supposed to be completed in July. Meanwhile, all the things i wanted to do were on hold. July became August, and August September. Finally, the logger called to say he would not be able to do the job. It was September, and the contract expired at the end of October. All the time and effort of marking boundaries, selecting trees to take and trees to keep, and the waiting, delaying progress added up to a big frustration. After a few days of gnashing of teeth over a complete change in the direction of the farm, we regrouped and made a new plan. Meanwhile, the summer was ending, and winter right around the corner leaving not much time to get things done.
One of the biggest events and change of direction was saying goodbye to the sheep. I still miss them, but I think it was the right thing for us. They were awesome, but I have to admit, life has been a little less stressful without them.
My baby girl graduated from Marshall University with her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders. I am a proud Mama, and she is off the the next chapter in her life, learning to be a grown up and doing great.
We had some babies
Ember gave us two little goat kids, and Mama kitty had four kittens in John's closet.
We raised and released some quail, raised some chicks, and even hatched a few of our own.
And, we raised a garden.
The garlic crop was moderately successful. As with anything, there's a learning curve, and even steeper when you try to go organic. We learned this year about the onion worm. Nasty things they are. A new and larger crop was planted in the fall with preventataive measures put into place.
Luffa, on the other hand, is quite easy and was a big hit.
And, we did manage to build a few things
A new chicken coop to make room for more chickens and goats, a deck on the back of the house, and a lean to shed added onto the pole barn.
And, a lot of soap was created. I can't wait to show you what's coming for 2017
I guess we accomplished a few things after all.
Happy New Year! See you on the other side.
The breeding plan for this year is pretty simple. We had one guy for the job, Daryl:
LuvEmAll Acres -Daryl (Purebred)
He is a gorgeous guy full of sweet personality and excellent breeding, but not the most cooperative to my poor photography. This is his first time as the 'man of the family' and he took his job very seriously.
Creamer's Alita, F1 Due March 7, 2017
Alita is an easy kidder, easy milker, and even walks great on a lead. This will be her fourth kidding season. She has given me three does and three bucks over the past few years. I have all three of her daughters, and one son as a wether who is pictured with Daryl.
Heartbreak Kidz Princess Flower (Purebred) Due March 15, 2017
Born in 2015, this will be Flower's first kidding. I am very excited for these babies.
Flower was 2016 Reserve Champion Dairy Goat at the Lawrence County Fair
TangleRidgeFarm Starlight (F2)
TangleRidgeFarm Moonbeam (F2)
Due March 14 - March 21, 2017
Twin daughters of Alita, born here on TRF. Star is tiny and full of personality. Moon is the larger of the two with a little more drop in her ears, and a little shy. Both of these girls will be first fresheners.
TangleRidgeFarm Sasha, (F1)
Due March 21 - March 31, 2017
Sasha is the daughter of YellowGoatFarm Ember, my full blooded Nubian, which makes her 75/25 mini. She is regal and elegant, with great conformation and beautiful nubian ears.
All of my goats are G6 Negative both by testing and parentage, and tested negative in 2016 for CAE, Johne's and CL.
They are vaccinated annually and recieve regular mineral supplements, hoof trimmings and fecal examination followed by treatment as needed for parasites.
If all goes well, we will have several kids available in the Spring of 2017.
My name is Christy Franklin.