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Majestic Mountain Farms, LLC from Buffalo, WY
Majestic Mountain Farms, LLC

Farm Name: Majestic Mountain Farms, LLC

Year Farm Established: 2009

Location: Buffalo, WY

Years I’ve been farming: 7 years

Animals I raise: French Alpine goats, Rambouillet sheep, New Zealand White rabbits, Chinese & Embden geese, Khaki Campbell/Magpie- /Pekin/Black Runner ducks, Rhode Island Red/Barred Plymouth Rock/Aracauna chickens, and a Berkshire hog

Crops I grow: Apples, pears, plums, berries, and a wide swath of veggies

Club/Associations memberships: American Dairy Goat Association

The proudest moment on my farm: Surviving our first Wyoming winter without losing a single animal.

Pets: Saint Bernard & 3/4 of a farm cat.

Farm Motto: If you don't work on the farm, you don't eat on the farm.

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  10/29/2014 06:59.59 AM Report This Comment  
  In an effort to improve our website for our visitors, we will be changing some of our service providers. We do not expect to experience any technical difficulties. However, if you are unable to access our website, please be assured it will be temporary as we transition to the new service. 10/19/2013 12:00.00 AM  
  Pig tractors in all their "glory", Part One
When the word "tractor" is mentioned, even the most hardened Starbucks-addicted urbanite will instantly conjure an idyllic scene of a whiskery, straw-hatted grandfather clad in overalls and chewing the obligatory grain stalk, holding a grandchild on his lap as he steers his sparkling-green-with-no-rust John Deere across a pasture. There's little to no explanation in this mental equivalent of Farmville as to why the farmer is doing this. In the minds of children in concrete jungles everywhere, the firm belief that farmers are supposed to spend the day riding around on a tractor has been indelibly inscribed, possibly with some help from Sesame Street and the Little People farm toys. So what's the real purpose of a tractor, and where do pigs come into the picture?

Tractors, as any farmer will tell you, serve three purposes: First, they allow farmers to perform a wide variety of work which in decades past would have taken plows, large numbers of workers, specialized knowledge and a team of Percherons. Second, they provide steady income for the massive tractor sales & parts industry. And finally, they substitute the price of diesel or gasoline for the price of a blown-out back, knees, ankles, and all the other parts about which old farmers sit on the porch carping when storms blow in.

Since the local ranch and tractor part store makes more in a week than my farm produces in a year, I can drop Item #2 guilt-free. That leaves "Produce Work" and "Prevent my Body from becoming a Living Barometer". Thankfully, my black Berkshire hog has the destructive nature, inclination, and energy to fulfill both these missions with only a minor weekly contribution from me.

Pigs are tough on fences, pens, ground, other animals and especially on the nasal passages. For this reason, I live in a town where residents are allowed to keep almost any animal within city limits, with the notable exception of the porcine ones. I am outside city limits, so I keep Duchess around to turn pig food into piglets who inevitably become bacon and smoked ham in the fall. Taking a look at her basic nature, however, brought some observations to the forefront. Pigs love to dig. Pigs produce manure. Most importantly, pigs are like the nuclear bomb of plowing: If fenced in, they will eat, root out, and snuffle through everything in that area until there is nothing left except well-manured dirt. What do we call well-plowed & manured dirt? Perfectly fertile soil.

This throws a red flag up in the minds of infection-control personnel everywhere: "You can't plant anything on pig-manured soil; you could get sick!" Such objections are valid only if (1) the pigs are sick, (2) the pigs are infected/infested with something, and (3) sufficient time between manure production and decomposition has not occurred. I don't go throwing tomato seeds into fresh pig dung, and neither should you. It's too hot in its pure form, it kills the seeds, and the above complaint is accurate -- at that time...

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02/04/2012 08:33.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Nope the red one is 3/4 red wattle and 1/4 hampshire. Here name is Ruby and she's got me worried. She was exposed to son's 4H boar project back in Jan. On Feb 1st it will be 21 days from that exposure. She's not acting like herself, she did not meet and greet anyone at the gate for AM feeding. She was laid up in her shelter, no temp, no swelling, her breathing is normal no cough. BUT she acting like she did when she lost her last litter. Thinking her 1st litter of 15 taxed her system and we won't be able to get her to carry a litter through. I hate to say this, but she may be in the freezer in the a few months.

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01/31/2012 07:00.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Teaser: Whut de hey is a "pig tractor"?
Come learn about pig tractors -and whether they WORK- in my next blog entry!

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01/30/2012 09:11.44 PM Report This Comment  
  3/4 of a cat
Our farm cat, Chi Chi, was hit by a truck after only about a year with us. She'd been returned to the shelter 3 times- once by a veterinarian!- because she beat up other cats. We examined her and took her to the vet, who said we could either put her down or cage her for three months and hope her hip and leg healed. I made the command decision to keep her caged up (Note: Price of being head of the farm: Blame for all that goes wrong, and give vocal credit to wife and children for successes!).

She complained EVERY second of EVERY day for 12 loooooong weeks, making nasty comments about my ancestry, my resemblance to orangutans with glandular disorders, and my smelling of non-Saint-Bernard-breed dogs (all vicious insults by feline standards). After her 90-day confinement, she was alive and able to hobble. She eventually healed up and is now once again Slaying Meeses, although she runs funny to do so. She cannot use one of her legs, so we refer to her as our 3/4 cat who catches 115% of her mouse quota while beating the stuffing out of any hairball-chucker with suicidal tendencies ("suicidal tendencies" here being defined as "possessed by any cat who comes within 300 yards of our property") and using the Saint Bernard as a door mat.

I meant 3/4--75% of this cat is still better than any other cat around!

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01/30/2012 09:09.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Why French Alpines?
Our farm is in Wyoming, so Nubians, Nigerians and other heat-preferring goats don't do as well here. A cold-tolerant goat breed with a calm temperment and a relatively QUIET personality (as opposed to certain NOISY breeds) was just the ticket. On top of all that, our mentor in raising goats has been raising French Alpines for decades, and has forgotten more about FA's than we'll ever learn. Always good to have a mentor when you start out- that way, some of the inevitable questions about your particular breed (or goats in general) can be answered without resorting to hours of research. French Alpines give a LOT of milk with a lower amount of milkfat per measure of feed. As a bonus, they love to eat the parasitic Russian Olive trees which creep into our canal areas, and we're happy to let them do so. Our Alpines are gentle-tempered, albeit disturbingly smart, and tend to be non-aggressive except when kids are born. Having only one breed of goat (and one buck, whose job is to breed half our does) means no worries about cross-breeding issues, and careful breeding means less desirable traits (crooked feet, weak/narrow hips, saddleback) can be bred out or culled without difficulty, allowing for a much healthier herd and babies with a high survivability ratio. (This last note is very important in a place with long, windy subzero winters!)

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01/30/2012 08:58.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Berkshire Hog
Our Berkshire's name is Duchess. She weighs in around 300-325 lbs (I'll not tell her to get on a scale...bossing nobility is a great way to lose your head.) She is our matron breed sow, and will be old enough to safely breed this year. Berkshires are listed as "vulnerable", as there are less than 300 breeding sows left. They mature early and are mostly black, with white patches on ears, legs and tails. Berkshires originate from Berkshire, England, and produce flavorful, well-marbled pork. Well-known "good" Berkshires include Pig-Wig from Beatrice Potter's "The Tale of Pigling Bland" and The Empress of Blandings in P.G. Wodehouse's Blandings castle movels; the worst Berkshire on record is Napoleon, the antagonist in George Orwell's "Animal Farm". Given her title, we prefer to think of Duchess as being related to the Empress, although we cannot prove that through bloodlines alone...she's extremely friendly to humans, although she beat the tailfeathers off an Embden goose who wiggled his way into her pig tractor!

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01/30/2012 08:48.35 PM Report This Comment  
ok what is 3/4 of a farm cat? do you mean 3 or 4?

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01/29/2012 08:28.00 AM Report This Comment  
I am new to having goats. Why French Alpine goats? Is that the only kind you have?

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01/26/2012 09:43.43 AM Report This Comment  
welcome to hobby farms.

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01/25/2012 03:58.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Tell me more about your hogs? What do you use them for and do you show them?

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01/25/2012 09:18.08 AM Report This Comment  


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