Today being the first of January it is worming time for the goats. Worming is not quite accurate as we use Wrm Clear, it is a homeopathic remedy for goats, sheep, cows and horses. Wrm Clear does not kill parasites, it creates an environment in their gut that is adverse to parasites. I only use Wrm Clear on the goats, they get 1cc twice a day for 10 days 4 times a year. This has worked well for us, a couple of times over the years I have resorted to normal worming chemicals when needed. I also put Shaklee’s soap (3 table spoons) in the cows trough, this keeps the parasite down in them. I have not wormed our cows in almost 3 years and we had dung beetles return a little over a year ago. I also wormed the horses this morning.
I bought a few turkey poults last summer at the livestock auction, we had female left after the male provided us with a feast on Christmas. The remaining female was put into the ducks and other turkeys night time pen in a small cage. This morning she was released into the main pen and in a few days, after she acclimates, she will be out forging on pasture.
I made an arrangement with a friend of ours at Walker Farms to trade some of my pottery for a few bunches of organic onion sets. I also picked up some lard that another friend processed from our last hog. He boiled down the fat to make lard, he processed it on halves and he also got to keep the cracklings.
After lunch I put a second coat of primer on our new gourds for Purple Martins. For the last few years we have wanted martins gourds up but we always were too late and they never got bought or put up. Last year there was a sale at our local hardware store on plastic gourds, so we finally got them up and we were so excited when the martins came and stayed. I wanted more and I wanted real gourds, now the new gourds are almost ready. The Purple Martin scouts will be here in a few weeks.
Also after lunch we took a horse ride, it felt like we were going on a work project instead of a joy ride, out to the deer stand. A few years ago Georgia started allowing baiting of deer, this is the first year I have tried it. I don’t hunt, I harvest deer and the baiting with corn allows for a better success rate. I harvested a 6 point buck a few weeks ago, my preference is a doe, my second buck ever. We rode out along the fence lines to a distant pasture and cleaned up some branches from some small trees that had encroached the pasture that had been cut last summer. Then I took a ride to the mailbox for our mail from yesterday.