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Walter Goes To The Vet

September 19, 2019
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Walter comes to Arrow’s Keep Farm!

A new breeding Buck has joined us at Arrow’s Keep Farm!  Walter!

Walter is a registered Tennessee Fainting Goat whose father & grandfather are Grand Champions!  We are expecting great things from this little 3-month-old!  …Just maybe not as quickly as I hoped…wanted to breed the does in October…oh well, whenever.

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The backseat of the pick-up is the perfect size to transport goats everywhere!

I thought I had done my job of making sure we bought a healthy kid but after I wormed the pasture nanny goats, I wormed Walter.  I’m sure it was his first time having a medicinal liquid squirted into is mouth.  He even sucked on the syringe.

In the afternoon I noticed that little Walter was hoarse.  His “maa” was raspy & not as loud as earlier in the day.

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Walter & T, together 4-ever!

His voice continued to disappear through the following day to the point that I was getting concerned.  DH reassured me that the kid was fine, though everytime I looked, DH was walking outside to “check on Walter,” so I decided to wait one more day before consulting our vet.

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An itchy ear is no problem for this little Buck!

The next morning – no improvement at all in his voice, time to call Maury County Veterinary Animal Hospital!  I requested my “goat vet” rather than my “Dixon Pyrenees vet.”  “How about 10am?”  “Perfect!”

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Isn’t Walter gorgeous! I love his coat, especially the multi-colored ruff down his back!

Walter weighs 29 lbs., no elevated temperature, lots of goat droppings after having his temp taken & they looked fine.  “I think he is a baby goat just removed from his mama & he has cried more than you realize & gotten hoarse.”  “Really?  That’s all?”  “Yep.”  “Just in case, keep him away from the other goats 1 more week.  Spend some time with him to get him acclimated.  If it gets worse, call me.”  Thanks, Dr. Reynolds!  We also discussed the new theory of worming goats, which used to be a monthly task.  Nope!  More watching.  Less medication.  That’s good news!  Especially since Heidi Nanny never cooperates with worming & she is as healthy as a horse…uh…Nanny Goat!

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Wearing an old dog collar & using Lucy’s old leash, Walter is a lap-goat.

Summary:

Love on Walter.  Let Walter meet the big dogs, which he did this morning & loved them!  He was very curious when Mason & Dixon were romping around wrestling, even following them from inside his pen.

While surrounded by predators (dogs) in the vet’s waiting room, Walter sat in my lap quietly, even snuggling & dozing off.  Progress!

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I Just Did What?

September 11, 2019

I can’t believe what I just did!  I sat down with my cell phone & placed an order at Kroger, for them to select, check out & have waiting for me when I drive into Columbia after my morning schedule went sideways!

 

Of late I can’t seem to get everything done.  Mama Jane is requiring more attention than usual.  Caring for the hens in the early September, record-setting heat is taking longer.  Even the old garden is requiring a sprinkler because of the perennials are trying to stay alive after being totaly ignored this year.

Mercifully the goats have plenty of water – thanks, DH, for running those hoses all the way across the pasture to their water trough – & lots of drying-up grass & weeds in the central pasture.  But they are going to need some attention this weekend…it’s time to worm again.

 

I still had to reset the hen fence, waiting for the Garbage Man to drive around our circle to empty the garbage can, so I thought I would go ahead & can the 4 batches of  salsa I prepped yesterday when I discovered I did not have any cumin.  NO CUMIN!  Horrors!

That is what sent me to my Kroger App.  Order placed.  I’m # 14.  I have no idea what that means since I have never done this before.  Ahh!  I can relax for a minute & finish my coffee.  Text & email response: We have received your order.  Your order will be ready between 2 – 3PM.  WHAT?  But I still have things to do, including attending a volleyball game at Columbia Academy at 3:30!

What did I just learn – #14 means early afternoon.  Order the night before to get a better number.  (But I didn’t know I needed cumin last night!)

Sideways again; the Garbage Man just came through, so I reset the hen fence, turned off the garden sprinkler, filled water founts for hens, fed them feed & scratch, collected eggs, squirted the older hens that kept attacking the pulets…  I did not pick DH’s garden produce.  That’s his reward for planting a garden.  All the prepped salsa fixins’ are in the refrigerator.  I ate a late breakfast/early lunch & now it’s time to fold some laundry before I head out for the day.

 

Sheesh!  I’m already tired!  But can’t let that stop me now!

Postscript:
I drove in & my groceries were loaded into my Prius. Then I was told that there were some substitutions, however, one thing I had not allowed a substitution was not available. Yep, it was the ground cumin! Oh my word! The one thing I actually needed from the grocery I did not get.
So, I parked my car down the row, went inside & pulled my own substitute cumin!
I would laugh…but why?

Arrow’s Keep Egg Letter 9/6/19

September 9, 2019
It’s another hot Friday afternoon and, frankly, I am ready for Autumn and cooler weather!

There are eggs for sale!  Let me know if you want eggs!
FARM NEWS
There are 6 new RHODE Island Red pullets in the chicken yard!  I love their deep color.

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Gorgeous!  There are continuing issues of older hens pecking at and biting the younger, even though I drop-kick offenders when I see this happen.  The younglings will adjust, and as soon as the hot weather breaks, 8 oldsters will be butchered!  That should clear the playing field a bit.
I made pate’ on Labor Day with half chicken livers, half goat liver.  Absolutely delicious!
The nanny goats have fully adjusted to life in the central pasture…mostly.  Dear Husband was bush-hogging the front pasture when Sweetie managed to get through the chicken wire on the gate, run toward him with the machinery still working and jump into his lap on the tractor just as he shut everything down!  Sweetie has an advantage – she doesn’t have horns, just like her late Mama Honey and her step-sister Joy Nanny.  Horns tend to get caught in chicken wire…and other fences, too!
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The 2 big dogs accompany me to the chicken coop every night to lock up.  Mason’s naked behind is no longer inflamed with hotspots since we changed his food.  Moxie Kitty is waiting on the driveway for their return.
Lots of work early in the morning.  Limbs are down all over the property after storms and strong winds and dry weather.  As soon as it is light enough for me to see, DH and I will be in the pick-up with chainsaws, bow saws, extension limb saws, hand pruners, wearing good leather gloves to hopefully clean up the mess.  It is quite difficult to drive a tractor and truck over large downed limbs.  (To be all of a sudden off balance going up or down a hill is not fun when you don’t want to tump over.)  We would love to have some assistance, if anyone is looking to do some weightlifting this weekend. 😇
Let me know if you want eggs!
T
Tammi Hollis
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4-H Hen Auction!

August 29, 2019
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Yep, needs bush-hogging even without substantial rain.

I am so excited!  I just received a snail-mail letter with the news that the Maury County 4-H Hen Auction is Saturday, August 31st!

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This is year they will offer Rhode Island Red & Barred Rock Hens.

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This will be my 3rd auction where I buy supplemental/replacement hens.  I have some Red Golden’s, Black & Orange Sex Links & a Sex Link Leghorn mix (I call her Bride) that should have been butchered last winter, but, well, life happens & things don’t get done when they should.  Buying new hens will spur me to get the work done…as soon as the weather cools.

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If you are in the neighborhood on August 31st, stop by the Maury County Fairgrounds around 10am.  There will be lots of children & parents & community leaders & farmers, like me!  We always have a great time & so will you!

Locally-Grown Chevon

August 28, 2019

DH & I fetched home the chevon this morning (last week), his first trip to charming Lynnville, TN.

Pretty sure y’all weren’t interested in seeing photos of the fresh-frozen meat, I didn’t take pics.

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Our Bobwhite Quail just off our driveway!

I  have already sold #417 & will ship it to our friend in Dallas as soon as I return home from this week’s business trip with DH.

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#418 is being sold piecemeal.  Already the loin chops & 1 shoulder roast & 1 package of stew meat have been claimed.  Another shoulder roast, 2 leg roasts & stew meat remain along with the offal, though I am planning to make pate’ this weekend with half chicken liver, half goat.  Excited!

If you turn up your nose at the thought of eating liver, you must try my pate’!  My high-school-aged sons were taste-testers (back in the day) & still request it when they come home for visits!

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Steak Tartar at III Forks in Jacksonville, FL. Delicious…but not quite as good as my homemade!

How about a recipe?  I haven’t posted a recipe is ages!

Tammi’s Pate’

  1. 2 Tb unsalted butter or coconut oil
  2. 2 Tb olive oil
  3. 1 lb chicken livers, duck livers or a combination of chicken, duck, venison, goat and/or beef liver
  4. 1 bunch green onions, chopped 
  5. ½ lb mushrooms, rinsed
  6. ⅔ c dry red or white wine, sherry or brandy 
  7. (do not use sherry with pork liver – too sweet)

  8. 2 cloves garlic, mashed
  9. ½ tsp dry mustard
  10. ½ tsp dried dill
  11. ½ tsp dried rosemary
  12. Juice of ½ a lemon
  13. 1 c beef or chicken stock
  14. ¼ c unsalted butter or coconut oil
  15. 1 tsp Sea salt
  • Melt butter in large iron skillet; add oil.
  • Add livers, onion and mushrooms and cook about 10 minutes.
  • Add wine, garlic, mustard, dill, rosemary, lemon juice and beef stock and bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium.
  • Cook, uncovered until all the liquid is gone.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Empty skillet into food processor bowl; add butter.
  • Process until smooth.
  • Season to taste with salt.
  • Scoop into crocks or ramekins lined with plastic wrap and chill.
  • Serve immediately in the crock or remove cold pate’ in plastic wrap from ramekin and place in a ziplock freezer bag.
  • When you are ready to serve, remove a single “mound” of pate’ from the freezer a few hours before serving.
  • Serve with bread triangles, toasted baguette slices, apple slices (YUM!) or crudités.
  • The pate’ can be frozen for up to 3 months.