I had an exciting day today. Today, as a part of preparing for something with Homesteadingedu, we worked on a course that will teach you how to make scrumptious homemade sourdough English muffins from scratch. Then tonight, we are enjoying those with some wonderful Jaimaica jelly, which let me tell you is to die for!
Don’t these look delicious! Now, the exciting part about this is that March 20th, Homesteadingedu will be launching our website. Yup! That’s right! We will be starting to teach classes and offer mentoring for those of you who really want to learn how to be a little more self sufficient whether you live in the city, or if you live in the country.
We will be teaching classes like cheese making,
gardening, making jelly, raising all kinds of animals for food, milk, honey and many more classes. There are going to be so many types of classes coming up and you can come join us. This is going to be so cool! We are so excited! So, put it on your calendars and come see us at http://www.new.homesteadingedu.com on March 20, 2017! We hope to see you there!
Some of our flock last year with their lambs
This is Brisket. As I mentioned two days ago, aside from the lamb and the kids, we’ve acquired a calf. Last November, we had just sent our steer off to the butcher and with all of the new kids arrivals, our does are giving a lot of milk. I was browsing on facebook close to a week ago, when I ran across an ad for a 2 week old bull calf.
Perfect age for bottle feeding! He was at a decent price, so my dad and I drove to the dairy farm that this little guy was born at, and picked him up. He is so small that we brought him home in the back of a pickup truck in a extra large dog crate. He is mostly Holstein with a little bit of Jersey in him. Usually, beef bred is better beef but we won’t turn our noses up on a dairy calf. Especially one with Jersey in it. Those tend to be great eating when they reach two years old. We have found that by two, they are big enough to eat.
When you get a bottle calf, if you have goats, you will need to dilute the goats milk because cows milk isn’t quite as rich. Goats milk can scour a calf if given to them as is. (Scour is a bad case of diarrhea and can be deadly.)
I know it has been two, nearly three weeks since my last post. I am sorry about that. Life on the homestead got very busy. Two weeks ago, these lovelies came along and have kept us very busy!
We have 8 goats, a lamb, and a calf now. The babies are all bottle babies which takes up a lot of time, energy and love. We enjoy the vast majority of it though.
I say vast majority because prior to the does kidding and during immediate kidding season, I can’t say that we enjoy the loss of sleep. But once we are past that and are milk does and loving on these playful little lovebugs, all is well. Even our dogs think they are great!