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by dggoatlover
Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: lice on House cows
Replies: 5
Views: 5532

Re: lice on House cows

Sulphur is great - I feed it to the goats and alpacas with no problems. Keeps lice and other crawlies away - even helps with ticks. I don't think Pestene can be used on lactating animals that are producing food for human consumption - double check the label. Another option is to add garlic granules ...
by dggoatlover
Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:18 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: cordial time
Replies: 3
Views: 4985

Re: cordial time

Very nice! They will be enjoyed over summer I am sure! :D :D
by dggoatlover
Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:19 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Preserving in Winter
Replies: 41
Views: 22769

Re: Preserving in Winter

OMG! What a marvelous idea if it works! That would make a great Chrissy pressie :D :D Might give that a try - have to see if I can find some type of recipe to work from.
by dggoatlover
Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:25 am
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Artisan Bread
Replies: 7
Views: 9084

Re: Artisan Bread

Fantastic recipe - I am definitely going to give this a try over the weekend. :D
by dggoatlover
Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:25 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Preserving in Winter
Replies: 41
Views: 22769

Re: Preserving in Winter

Yep same here! I would love to be able to buy straight from a producer for fruit and veg - anything but cattle and pineapples would be wonderful!
by dggoatlover
Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:56 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Preserving Olives
Replies: 12
Views: 7709

Re: Preserving Olives

Timely topic! I have planted a couple of trees and have been looking into this very thing. I won't actually have any olives for a couple of years yet though :D
by dggoatlover
Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: Blood in one hind quater
Replies: 6
Views: 6367

Re: Blood in one hind quater

Quite often a dairy animal will have pink milk during their first lactation. Removing the calf may cause the udder to fill and stretch which can sometimes cause the small blood capilleries to break - nothing to worry about. Using a milking machine machine of a first lactation animals can sometimes c...
by dggoatlover
Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: Drying of my Guernsey
Replies: 15
Views: 11816

Re: Drying of my Guernsey

Yep you can band the horns. I have done it a couple of times with larger scurs on some of my goats. Just need to keep an eye on it to make sure no infections set in etc. We use the rubber rings as well - although for the goats we use lamb size :D Depending on the size of the horn it can take anywher...
by dggoatlover
Mon Jun 20, 2011 3:29 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: Drying of my Guernsey
Replies: 15
Views: 11816

Re: Drying of my Guernsey

Not sure if its completely that same with goats as with cows but when I dry my does off I take a bit less milk each day - don't completly strip them out. I would also try slowly switching to milking once every second day and so on as the milk lessens. And cut out the grain in her feed - that grain i...
by dggoatlover
Mon Jun 20, 2011 3:24 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Babies Born
Replies: 6
Views: 6145

Re: Babies Born

Oh how exciting! Hope its not too cold for them!

I've got silkie chicks hatching in the incubator right at this very moment :D
by dggoatlover
Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:23 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi From WA
Replies: 3
Views: 6065

Re: Hi From WA

Hi Michelle

Great to see you here! I'm over in sunny Qld but will love hearing all about life at your place.

Cheers
Des :D
by dggoatlover
Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:55 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: greetings
Replies: 5
Views: 6712

Re: greetings

Hi Brandubh Lovely to see you here. Whats the climate like down your way? I've never been to the central part of Victoria. I love craft - I make my own soap and am developing a strong interest in felting. Cooking I have no so much time as I would like for as our animals take up a lot of my spare tim...
by dggoatlover
Mon May 09, 2011 9:34 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: HI All
Replies: 11
Views: 11168

Re: HI All

Hey Kerry Hello from me as well! And funny enough we did a similar thing to you. My hubby was terrified of living on acreage so our first move was to buy a one acre block on a housing estate - I convinced him that it would be great to have space for a veggie garden and some chooks and more space for...
by dggoatlover
Fri May 06, 2011 9:43 am
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: Breeding in Full Swing!
Replies: 4
Views: 5089

Re: Breeding in Full Swing!

I love baby lambs and kids - they are just gorgeous and so full of energy - the only downside is that if you start watching them you get no work done for the day :lol: Are you planning on milking Ella? Yes 11/12 months is a long, long time! Even worse if something goes wrong so my fingers and toes a...
by dggoatlover
Thu May 05, 2011 8:47 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Q. The new fast slow cooker
Replies: 5
Views: 3722

Re: Q. The new fast slow cooker

Yep! Just think how boring it would be if we were all the same and had no differing opinions or ideas :shock:
by dggoatlover
Wed May 04, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 3
Views: 5727

Re: Introduction

Welcome Gemma!

And if you are going to get into cheese I think you are better off having a goat in your backyard! :lol:

I'd live a pizza oven - its on our list of things to buy/make over the next couple of years!

Desely
by dggoatlover
Tue May 03, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: Breeding in Full Swing!
Replies: 4
Views: 5089

Breeding in Full Swing!

Have just finished putting the last of the girls to the buck! Fingers crossed everyone is now in kid - well those that are supposed to be! Expecting lots of bubs in Aug/Sept- can't wait! Looking for some real improvement in conformation of some of the kids this year and I have a nice solid maiden gi...
by dggoatlover
Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:06 am
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: WET WET WET!
Replies: 18
Views: 13700

Re: WET WET WET!

We are the same with the rain - very over it! We have grass in our unfenced area that is up to our heads. We got the salsher bloke in to cut it and he almost got bogged as well. The ground underneath is still soaking wet. Will probably take a couple o f months to dry out properly.
by dggoatlover
Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Chooks
Replies: 11
Views: 8794

Re: Chooks

Seven eggs hatched all up. 1 x PR and 6 x silkie. They are all going great guns :D Yes hoping mostly for hens becuase I have several people already asking to buy! :D
by dggoatlover
Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:13 pm
Forum: Articles
Topic: Food Theft
Replies: 10
Views: 5695

Re: Food Theft

I have to say that it does worry me as well. Both my hubby and I work full time and the kids are at school. Anyone could come to the house and help themself to the goats. The only lucky thing is that our house and the goarts are at the back of the block so you cant really see them from the road - yo...

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