Homestead Barn Hop #114

“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

It’s funny how things can go from mildly crazy to REALLY crazy seemingly overnight… One day you are sitting in the house watching the snow fly, and the very next day there are plants to water, grass to be mowed, fence to be built, and the list goes on and on and on…

It was a windy week here on our homestead, but Prairie Girl and I were still able to get outside and finish up the last of the garden planting, as well as putting in some replacement raspberry plants. Hubby has been working furiously on some fencing projects. After 6 years of hard labor, we are finally nearing the “end” of our list of major projects, and let me tell ya– it feels good!

We’ll never be completely done with projects, (nor would we want to be…), but it’s nice to finally be enjoying some of the fruits of our labor.

What happened on your homestead this week? Ready to share those links?

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  1. says

    Thanks for hosting, Jill! It’s windy here too…I like a “breeze” but I don’t care for “windy.”

  2. Erin says

    Hi Jill-
    I am running into some problems with my dairy goat and wondered if you could help. I can’t seem to milk her completely out! I am seriously milking for over half an hour and it just keeps coming! I know it’s important to milk them completely out, but I must be doing something wrong because I just can’t seem to. And, by the time I think she is almost empty, the milk has been sitting out for quite awhile, and I’m not sure if it’s still okay to drink it. I love that I am consuming raw milk for the first time in my life, but I need to figure out what’s going on because I cannot be spending this much time in the barn twice a day just milking! Any ideas on what I’m doing wrong or how to speed this up?!

    • says

      Hmmm… Sounds like you have a heavy producer! Unless still have the babies on her for part of the day, then yes, it’s important that you get her all the way milked out.

      Is this your first time with a milk goat? I know when I was still learning, it took me much longer to milk, but now I’m in a rhythm and can go faster. I would just keep working at it. :)

      But the milk in the pail should be just fine until you are done. Hope that helps!

  3. Erin says

    Thanks for the advice! I’ll keep working at it for sure :) I think the real issue is that she has a huge udder, but very small teats and orifices.

  4. says

    Thanks for hosting! I clearly hadn’t had my morning coffee yet when I linked up this morning because the title of #162 should be “Dealing with the Loss of a Flock Member”….could you change it, or delete that entry for me? Sorry!