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After a number of days of really nice spring weather, this week has been rainy and stormy and we noticed that Alex seemed to be pining for the return of those sunny blue skies of spring.

And the gray skies are just a little bit grayer because most the early spring wild flowers in our fields have drawn the curtain on this year's show.

While the rain is nice and vital, and creates some beautiful and dramatic scenes, I can understand Alex's mood.


Originally posted to InAntalya on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:22 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

    by InAntalya on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:22:27 AM PST

  •  All creatures, great and small know that Spring is (7+ / 0-)

    around the corner.  We notice that here on our farm, and in the surrounding woods and mountains.

    Are you expecting any more "kids"?

    “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

    by LamontCranston on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:56:36 AM PST

    •  The next two in line have begun to fill their (6+ / 0-)

      udders so we expect them to give birth in the next few days.

      The other eight will probably give birth towards the end of the month.

      This summer we hope to get the herd up to 40 or 50, with births and by buying about 20 more, and our goal for next year is 100. We think that around 100 is sustainable on our farm.

      Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

      by InAntalya on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:04:50 AM PST

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      •  Diary or meat, or both? We have several friends (4+ / 0-)

        that operate goat dairy farms and make some incredibly excellent both soft and hard cheeses for sale at the local Farmer's Markets where we live.  A few of them are also sold into commercial food shops as well.  

        It's good to have friends that make goat cheese.  May all your "kids" be healthy little does!

        “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

        by LamontCranston on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:17:11 AM PST

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        •  The females will be dairy. (5+ / 0-)

          Goat's milk, cheese, butter and ıcecream are very popular in Turkey. Raw goat's milk is sold for $1.50-$3.00 a liter here.

          And the males will be sold for meat. Goat's meat is especially popular in and around Antalya. A male goat sold for meat goes for $250-$350 here. I am curious about what they sell for in the US.

          Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

          by InAntalya on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 10:27:44 AM PST

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          •  You can pick up young male Bucks for cheap .... (3+ / 0-)
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            InAntalya, old wobbly, whaddaya

            Many sell the young Bucks that still need to be bottled fed with commercial milk supplement starting at around $20.00 each.   They are that inexpensive as you would have to put time in to bottle feed them.  I would imagine that as they get older, the price goes up as well.  I had accepted and culled three 1 year old goats that I were given for free to us years ago.  I couldn't do that again as I was taken by the look  in their eyes as I did "the deed".  

            Our 4 goats (3 Pygmy/Alpine mix - A Mom and her wethered son and daughter along with 1 Angora goat for his Mohair wool) are the "Weed Eaters" that clear new pastures.  They are fed very well as they get first shot at the new pastures we open up.  

            Raw goat milk (very regulated) is about the same price here.  We buy raw goat milk from friends to use for soap production as it makes for an excellent soap (combined with using olive oil as well).

            As for me, I love Goat milk Yogurt and cheeses:  I grew up with home made Yogurt at every meal for dinner as my grandmother made it once a week.  

            You state you live in Turkey:  I have traveled to Turkey several times, From the north to the south, and have promised my wife that we will travel there as she has never been to Turkey, or to any country in the Mediterranean.  I found the country and culture fascinating and full of history, along with very friendly people, and after hearing all about my travels there, she insists we travel there together.  A promise is a promise, and we will go to Turkey someday!  I will also have to combine that with a trip through the Greek Islands as well, especially Crete with it's amazing archeological history.

            “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

            by LamontCranston on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 01:28:00 PM PST

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            •  Our goats graze all year round but (2+ / 0-)
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              old wobbly, whaddaya

              in winter we give them some feed and hay, especially when it's raining because we don't want to take them out in the rain, and in summer we give them just a little feed and that's because it has vitamin supplements in it.

              If you come to Turkey please let me know. I check my DK messages every week or two.

               

              Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

              by InAntalya on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 01:56:33 PM PST

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  •  We are convinced (3+ / 0-)
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    whaddaya, InAntalya, martyc35

    that our kitties are influenced by the weather. When it is cloudy and gloomy they seem to nap even more than usual. :-)

    Don't meow, or I'll take your picture.

    by Old Sailor on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 07:38:29 AM PST

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