2017 FLOCKing Opportunity

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F.L.O.C.K. Program

Farm Lovers Opportunity to Care for Kids

*Do you enjoy farm animals but don’t have the land, time or knowledge to have your own?
*Does the sight of a baby animal warm your heart?
*Would you like to bottle feed kids and learn about their care?

Then we have an opportunity for you!  Learn about spring on a dairy farm first hand. Join a team of farm lovers who will welcome the babies of 2017 to Mountain Lodge Farm. All training will be provided, no experience necessary.  Children over 10 welcome with a parent or sibling over 18.

On-farm training session is required for new F.L.O.C.K.ers  You will need to be able to commit at least 2 partial days per month for at least 2 months.

Goat kids will arrive early February through the end of March, so we’ll need help bottle-feeding babies from February through May.

Email  Sherwin@mountainlodgefarm.com for more information

 

 

Goats and a Gator

Goats are full of surprises. For example, you may not know that many goats have a keen mechanical interest. So here are the goats, bringing you some important vehicle handling safety tips.

Coriander would like to remind you to always wear your seat belt when operating the gator.
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Here is Cami, offering some pointers on steering.
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She’d also like to remind you to refrain from driving if the windshield is foggy or your vision is impaired.
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Finally, Questa is demonstrating an improper way to drive the gator.
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Always drive while seated.
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Animal of the Week: Ember

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Meet beautiful Ember, a cross between a Nigerian Dwarf and a La Mancha. She was born in 2011 and is almost 3 years old.  Her sire was DeVine, a Nigerian buck who shared his bright red coloring and striking blue eyes with his daughter. Her dam was Reba, the La Mancha herd queen.

Breeding Ember’s sire and dam was a bit of a logistical challenge, as Reba is almost twice as large as DeVine. We tried various strategies, from digging a hole for Reba to stand in, to using ramps for the buck, to tying Reba’s tail up. Ember and her sister Honeysuckle were the first Lagerians on the farm, and they still snuggle sometimes.

Ember has attitude, is very cute and smart, and knows it. She does things her way. Last year at her kidding, Ember had three does and one buck. She likes to kid in the middle of the night, and this year was no exception: at midnight she started labor and by 2:30am had four beautiful kids, two does and two bucks named Barney, Baker, Taffy, and Sparkle.

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