….We didn’t get the goats into the new building today,
in spite of our hopes. However the floor of the shed is almost finished; with gargantuan truckloads of chippings having been levelled & smoothed across the surface, the only thing being left to do now is to sink the gateposts into their pre-positioned metal sleeves & hang the gates. Our long-term aspiration is to fit automatic drinkers throughout the building, & an automated hopper feeding system in the new parlour; however for now it’ll be ‘conditions normal’ as I pursue the endless round of hand-filling & scrubbing the metal water pails & sturdy rubber feed bowls we currently use. Still; it keeps me fit I suppose….!
Little Blaise’s upset tummy seems to be on the mend, at last; I spent some ‘quality time’ with her this afternoon, wrapping her up in a fleece & cuddling up on the sofa as she drifted off to sleep in my arms. I gave the poor little thing an injection of 0.75mls of Metacam this morning as things hadn’t really improved during the night; & alternated her feed with a mixture of Lectade (basically the caprine equivalent of Diarolyte!) & a milk/water mixture to ensure she was taking in sufficient nutrition, as the scouring has caused her to lose weight. However she’s bright enough in herself although she always has been a serious little goat & doesn’t leap around quite so much as her chums. But I too wasn’t feeling at my best as a hayseed in my eye had caused it to flare painfully, consigning me to a reluctantly quiet day indoors.
Meanwhile the Milkforce managed to enjoy a few short hours in the fretful sunshine, punctuated as it was by flighty, scudding dove-grey clouds; which eventually became darker & more ponderous until they discharged their heavy burden of rain onto the already sodden fields, exhausted by their burden of unseasonable soaking. Anxiety is ever-growing as the days grow shorter & the nights, colder; & still there is no sign of when we will be able to gather in our precious hay….the worrying plight of smallholders & farmers almost everywhere, I suspect…..