Sunday 4 December 2016
Today we took Merlin the Billy back to his owner,
we think he has done his job with the girls, time will tell.
He left without a murmur, we had the chance to buy him but declined, his owner is selling up and moving on to pastures new after the loss of his wife, its were my original girls came from, Merlin and the remainder of the herd are off to new owners next week. His ladies were pleased to see him again. Next year we will be looking for a new stud to service the girls.
As Mr B is selling up he is also selling off lots of equipment.
We bought an electric goat milker from him.
and Mr B gave us his goat milking stand, along with three big unopened boxes of bottles, this will all be very useful and make work of milking the goats a little easier as our herd grows.
Sol tried out the stand for size.
we also bought this from Mr B
A paddock cleaner, Mr B did have Alpacas as well a fairly big herd, all sold off now, the paddock cleaner was what he used to keep the Alpacas fields clean and the goat paddocks, it can be hooked on the back of the quad or tractor and it has its own independent motor, it is just a big hoover, it is also great for picking up leaves, so pasture maintenance will now be easier.
Yesterday I did my last craft market of the year, All my orders have been done delivered and posted off, the year has ended on a high
approx £3,000 earned from crafting this year.
I have yet to total up other earnings from the smallholding this year as well as other totals.
I am off to cook dinner venison stir fry tonight, venison was in the freezer, veg from the freezer and poly tunnel.