Farmsense and Horseplay

Farmsense and Horseplay

The Importance of Butter

by Cassandra Menesez on 10/08/18

Me: I had an anxiety episode at the grocery store today.

Kevin: [disinterestedly] Really? [then a more concerned] Why?

Me: I almost forgot the butter again.

Kevin: [ fully focused on the subject at hand] + [somewhat loudly] You forgot the butter?

Me: No. I just became aware how close I got to not remembering the butter again and I had a feeling of terror come over me. I didn't forget the butter tho. I bought 2 pounds to make up for it.
Kevin: Okay, that's good. I was having anxiety about it too.

Both : [Laughing with equal enthusiasm]

Bartering is awesome!

by Cassandra Menesez on 10/01/18

Breeding season for goats is here and our buck was offered alfalfa hay in exchange for stud service! Now I can say with all honesty that our buck pays his way and is NOT a hay burning pasture ornament.
He will not have to earn his way in a manner that he finds beneath his dignity or out of his scope of knowledge.
He will eat the hay he earns and have children to take care of him in his old age.
He will still probably beg and try to get out to greener pastures but not because he has to. He is makin' that money and putting hay in  the manger. Bartering is good for goats.

Chickens eat......

by Cassandra Menesez on 10/01/18

I have been collecting tidbits and scraps for the chickens to add variety to their diet and find the act of watching them eat my offerings to be so very entertaining, astonishing and terrifying that I'm considering adding a weekly video.

The fist item offered was take out sushi left in the car overnight. They loved the edamame and fake crab right away then began grain-by-grain gobbling up the rice. Here is when the oldest wisest rooster struts in. The chicken crowd parted to let him through. He took a cautious  sideways look at this mess and started taking huge chunks out of the styrifoam takeout carton and eating it. I kicked him out and dump it for the more sensible chickens who were NOT fooled into following his example.

The next grizzly fare offered was 4 pinkies I found in a mouse nest. The cat couldn't be less enthused and the dog made too big of a deal out of carrying one around for over 5 minutes. At this time I gathered them all up and headed to the hen house.
The chickens really got on board  with this kind of treat and I would have need a recording with slow motion playback to get anywhere near what happened next.
Suffice it to say the chickens are going to be my opening move from now on with this situation that pops up from time to time.

Note*   Last time I found pinkies in the hay barn my son was so worried about what would happen to them that we left them in the milk parlor in a little dish with some fluffy bedding overnight and it appeared that some rescue attempt had been performed and the babies had been swept from their beds by a mouse or fairy and placed in a new foster home or possibly reunited with relatives. But because this may in fact  be the case I'm not doing that  again and rather let the chickens eat them.

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Because we live in a drought crisis area we use reclaimed water. 

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We have been raising  ADGA registered purebred LaMancha and Grade dairy goats for over 20 years. We dam raise our kids and raise our herds using natural and preventative methods as a first step to producing goats we can be proud of. 

We show our goats at ADGA sanctioned events to promote the Lamancha breed and dairy goats in the milk industry. 

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We have spent most of our years here planting and tending two fruit and nut tree orchards, a small vineyard and several olive groves. We maintain a supply of new plants and trees in our organic greenhouse to keep our garden in year round production and our flower beds beautiful, organic and therapeutic.