Strong Heart Ranch

Hogs, Honey, & Horses..and a couple Longears


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Dairy Goat Show Documentary!

The dairy goat is a fantastic creature! They never cease to amaze me with their adaptability, intelligence, and personality. They deserve some attention. Turkey Feather Farm wants to help promote this project. Please take a minute to watch the video.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/792010307/the-goat-show-documentary/widget/video.html

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You gonna eat that? Winter Browse for farm critters.

Goat Camo

Look closely and you’ll see happy goats chomping away.  These are leftovers from our corn, sunflower, and winter squash pasture.  Even though the wet spring and summer left was a challenge to grow crops, it proved beneficial in the end.

The goats, birds, chickens, turkeys and geese have been cleaning up.  Riping down corn stalks and finishing up sunflower seeds. It’s already got me thinking about next years plantings. Cornstalks seem to be the most desirable but the seed heads on the sunflowers run a close second. Maybe next year I will add amaranth and milo to the mix.


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Gathering of Goat People

Not to be confused with people who look like goats, but “goat people”. People who live and breathe dairy goats. This week we converged on Grand Rapids, Michigan for the 2011 American Dairy Goat Association Convention. It’s a long jaunt for this Oregonian but well worth it.

I get the privilege of being the coordinator of the cheese judging competition. I spend a good portion of my time preparing cheese for judging. During the judging I get the opportunity to taste all of the cheeses. This year’s Best in Show was Sunset Bay from River’s Edge Chevre http://threeringfarm.com/and Reserve Best in Show Jalapeno & Garlic Marinated Chevre from Fiore di Capra http://www.goatmilkandcheese.com/.

Jalapeno & Garlic Marinated Chevre

Sunset Bay-River's Edge Chevre

Body Product Baskets

I also was able to attend a fun class on making your own body products. Mostly face masks, body scrubs, and foot soaks. Made with products most of us have in our kitchen along with goat milk and yogurt.

The best part of the ADGA Convention is all the lifetime friendships you make!


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Super Glue…Is it in your 1st aid kit?

Do you have super glue in your 1st aid kit? Maybe liquid bandage or the new spray bandage? I have to tell you I will never be without it again.

Monday night I went out to milk my goats only to find my beautiful 2yr old doe Sunday with one soggy milk drenched teat. I was horrified, I knew instantly that this wound could be the end of her milking career. She was bouncing around like a school girl acting like nothing had happened.

Once I regained my composure we put her on the milk stand for closer inspection. At that point it was hard to gauge the damage we could see a vertical “v” shaped wound a couple of inches long.

Fast forward to the next morning. I had contacted my veterinarian and he was going to meet me first thing in the morning. To my surprise when I went to check on Sunday her udder had filled back up and she wasn’t leaking milk from the injury. After inspection from the veterinarian he decided the best course of action was no stitches instead the medical version of Super Glue.

After several days of milking below the wound and keeping the milk pressure low it appears to be healing. Today is the 8th day and I’ve re-applied the glue once. Super Glue and liquid bandage will always be in my 1st aid kit.

It was hard to get a good picture.


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Pocket full of Sunshine



Beautiful Spring Day in Williams

As the song goes ” I gotta pocket full of sunshine”.  It has been a sloppy wet spring so far, it has been wearing me down.  All the critters at Turkey Feather Farm are bathing in the sun today. There are so many outdoor chores to get done and I had a hard time deciding where to start. Hmmm, the garden…still too wet.  Mow the lawn…still to wet.  That leaves trimming goat hooves. Yippy!  The does loved the pampering and pedicures. I remember when I was pregnant how wonderful it was to have my feet pampered. I believe goat momma’s love it too.

Dexter Momma's & Babies

Even with the rainy weather our Dexter momma’s have been hard at work having beautiful calves this season. We have a very handsome bull calf from our herd queen (Brownie).  We started our herd going on 4yrs ago with a pregnant Brownie and steer. Now we have a herd of 10 which is more than we need so we will be reducing the herd. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing any of these great cattle.


Dexter Bull Calf

Red Bull Calf