To have cleaned barn twice a day for 65+ animals, and to feed, water, and grain all those critters. 30 years is long time to do goat and sheep pedicures, deworm them all quarterly, fit coats to preserve fleeces and then refit those same coats at least twice a winter as the animal and fleece grew. 30 years also means 60 shearings and mounds of fleece to skirt and process! 30 years is a long time to make fence annually and not be able to leave the farm for more than a couple days at a time IF I could find hired help. 30 years is a long time to stack bales in the haymow during the heat and humidity of the summer. 30 years is a long time to have baby bottles and goat and sheep formula on the kitchen counter from March through July--there was always at least two bottle babies each spring with this many animals. 30 years is a long time to lug 50 pound feed sacks around and 40 pound mineral and salt blocks around. It was time, it was bittersweet, and the last goats and sheep left the farm July 31, 2017. I still have my miniature donkey, a Paint horse that I board, and a flock of chickens along with the dog and cats. But chores just got a whole lot easier and the farm a whole lot quieter. And, I've still got 2 years worth of fleeces to process yet and then we'll see where I'm at with the store in 2019.
Bleating Heart Haven · W1993 Thede Road · New Holstein, WI 53061 · Phone: (920) 286-0971