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Date:4/20/2014 1:24:12 AM
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Wow! You sound just as ambitious as me! I think one of my favorite things about the farm is that there is always something to do, and yet still a lot to plan for! But I'm with you. Hubby has to do the yucky stuff at our house. We have an old turkey that really needs to go, but i just can't do the dirty work. I tried to get my hubby and son to do it a few weeks ago, but I almost laughed when those two self proclaimed great hunters couldn't do it either!!!! Their attitudes were -- they weren't using it for food,and it wasn't so sick it was suffering, so they didn't have the heart. We already raise a large portion of our food -- veggies, meat, pork & fish, but I am eager to add chicken to that, as well. I'm also searching for a Jersey cow for my dairy products. Hubby thinks I could compromise and get a 1/2 Jersey 1/2 Holstein, but I've researched it, especially my end product needs, and am set on the fb Jersey. Now, what I'll do with up to 12 gallons of milk a day, i have no idea, but it looks like i'll be sailing into the cheesemaking end of milking sooner than i probably would want to do!

As far as the difference in Angora and Pygora, according to my research a Pygora fiber will stay softer as the animal ages. An Angora's fiber is softest at first shearing, and as the animal ages, the fiber becomes coarser, until eventually it is used primarily for rug yarn. Now, just remember -- I haven't actually spoken with an Angora breeder or a spinner yet regarding this, and I definitely plan to before I actually purchase a fiber goat. I have a tendency to try to cross every 't' and dot every 'i' before I will actually part with my money.

Wish me luck. I recently came into a small inheritance from an aunt, and I've chosen to use the money to put a new roof on my house, which is desperately needed. I'm opting for a metal roof -- mainly because they last so much longer than a shingle roof, and price-wise, they are just a little more expensive than a shingle. I'm thinking that there just may be enough money left to where i can also add a porch to the back and possibly the side of my house, if my hubby and his friend Ron do the construction. My dream has always been to have a 'Southern Veranda' - one of those deep porches with traditional porch flooring (not decking) and simple columns. No railing -- no gingerbread -- no extras, just a plain roofed porch with an enclosed ceiling and a few ceiling fans. We had the roofer out yesterday to give us an estimate. Cross your fingers for me. It may not come to pass, at least where the porch is concerned, but I will definitely put the roof on. It's either that, or the back bedroom is going to float away, as there is a leak!

I too am hoping you have better success with your feedbag barrier. It could just be that I prepped it wrong. I just bought some of the black barrier cloth at the dollar store and I'm going to put that down this week, and top it with pine mulch. Trust me. I'm willing t
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