I must say, I’m impressed.
Tony – who hates heights & suffers from chronic vertigo – managed to erect the Galebreaker at the southernmost end of the Dairy Complex this evening. The whole thing stretches from floor to ceiling & is about 15ft high; which when perched precariously on a wobbly ladder whilst attempting to insert a long, heavy metal tube into its lofty moorings – isn’t exactly the easiest job in the world.
But he did it.
The final curtain was lowered after Tony thankfully bowed down from the ladder; & our caprine Milkforce now have the ultimate in fully-secure, weatherproof accommodation: warm in Winter, cool in Summer; with a state-of-the-art milking parlour; a clean, fresh ‘goat-proof’ (we’ll see) automated drinking water system; a warm, free-draining floor; & feed stations situated at optimum height for browsing goats. And with free access to graze our organically-managed pasture or to munch brambles & a wide variety of deciduous bushes & trees at the edge of the woods in the ‘great outdoors’ – having a steeply-graduated field in which to play – these girls will be in ‘natural behaviour’ heaven…..doubtless, whilst we’re fretting as to where our next meal might come from, the amount we’ve had to invest to get the whole thing established & with Tony still not having received word as to when he starts his new airline job.
Erm, ice cream, anyone….?
Although it hasn’t been sunny today it has at least been dry; & the goats have enjoyed another day & night on the pasture, only coming in for milking. Tony & I made a brief excursion into the local town to assess whether the livestock bedding mats for sale in the local Farmers’ Co-op would be suitable for use in the Dairy Complex accommodation; unfortunately they aren’t heavy enough which is a shame as naturally we’d rather give our business to the local community if possible.
Then it was time to pay the dreaded vets’ bill; & to try to ascertain the latest situation as regards receipt of the precious vials of BTV8 vaccine. Still nothing definite; maybe, next week…..? It seems to be an eternal case of ‘whenever’ for Welsh farmers; with the midge season hopefully over for another year, ere long.
So whilst some may grumble that it’s already going to be a waste of money to vaccinate at all this year, at least we’ll have the comfort that our animals are protected, ready for next year’s clouds of midges, arriving on the hot, heady summer winds….hrrrmph.