Hey Pack, the baby goats finally arrived! I was wrong about Pearl throwing three kids this time. She had one of each and everyone is healthy. You can’t tell in the photo, but the male, the taller one, has an adorable white fluffy patch of hair on his forehead.
I have promised my beloved that I am not keeping all of the kids this time… and hope to be able to hold to it. They are just so stinkin’ cute, and of course the grandkids love them.
But, I really have no use for another related female. I am sure there will be a 4H member in need of a project goat, and short on cash to buy one. I have been looking for a nanny or doeling to add to our herd to continue this quality line of goats. I haven’t found one yet, mostly due to price. Once the 4H deadline for buying project animals passes, I will surely find a better bargain.
I have taken to calling the male Bo, and plan on banding and keeping him. Bobby didn’t see a point in having another wether, but we have a ton of brush they can keep back so it doesn’t grow too thick along the trails or into the pastures and hayfield. My beloved did not think I would eat Rooster or Bo, but he is wrong. I do love those little goats, but if the SHTF and our grandchildren are hungry, I would not hesitate to butcher and grill up every last edible bit of Rooster and Bo.
We were very fortunate to find a little extra hay to get the herds through until the pastures are fully ready. I don’t want to allow them total access to each paddock until the grass has a good start. If they eat if down to the dirt it will be stunted for the rest of the year.
The black goat is Whiskey, a junior Billy that Pearl had last year. He was the sweetest thing until the day his newest siblings were born. Hopefully the attitude adjusts shortly – or he will become pepperoni.
We are “grubbing” some semi-hilly terrain to make more relatively decent pasture areas. We will lose some berry bushes in the process, but we literally have hundreds of them.
The other preps we were deeply involved in this week involve our beehive expansion project. Thankfully, due to the flight territory habits of bees and our large acreage, there is really no chance they will come into contact with any GMO plants, Roundup Ready – or any other similarly harmful products.
When Monsanto finally lost a court case and had to pay early $230 million to a man suffering from cancer, I just about tried to see if I could pull off a cartwheel. The biotech industry, even with the World Health Organization’s recent findings about a connection between glyphosates and cancer, still has not been forced to admit how harmful their products are to bees.
Because so many former Monsanto high-ranking employees garnered jobs at the EPA and USDA during the Obama administration, it is unlikely they ever will. As much as I vehemently oppose 99% of Obama’s policies, the biotech stronghold was not all his fault.
Biotech giants like Monsanto have donated heavily to career politicians in both parties for decades – ensuring that America will be the last developed country to limit or ban neonicotinoids and glyphosates.
These two active and primary ingredients in so many chemically manufactured agriculture projects are threatening our food security. Bees pollinate 70% of the food we eat. If the bees die (as they have been doing in record numbers since 2004) the human race will not be far behind.
Glyphosate and neonicotinoids not only can affect a bee’s sense of taste, they also can make them so lethargic that they die of starvation even when food is readily available to them. The nervous system of the honeybee can also be damaged by the ingredients in Roundup Ready and similar products. Their sense of direction becomes impacted and the bees die of exposure when the cannot find their way back to the hive.
Genetically modified seeds are not needed to produce a bumper crop and feed the planet – not by a long shot. This growing season, save a bee (and by extension yourself) by using equally effective natural homemade pesticides and herbicides.
This Week’s Questions
- If you could raise any type of livestock to increase your family’s chances of survival, what would it be and why?
- What is your favorite homemade weed killer recipe?
- Do you raise bees to pollinate your plants and to garner honey for food and medicinal purpose? Why or why not?