Hello! As another dad essay dad wants me to write about things I could do to improve my goat buissnes.
So here it is!
Something I did not know is that a goat needs to be 75 to 80 pounds to have a baby. When a baby was born with it’s sack is called a an call, which I find is sort of weird name.
Here is a list of poisonous plants for goats.
Lily of the Valley
Milkweed PS. There is a lot of Milkweed in our region but our goats don’t seem to eat Milkweed so that’s good.
Wild Black Cherry
Cherry I don’t think their necessarily poisonous I just think goats try to eat cherries whole and choke on the seeds.
Chokecherry we’ve never had chokeberries in the same pasture as the goats.
Johnson Grass There is lot’s of this grass around but the goats seem to eat and be fine so I think this one’s a mistake
Buckwheat We grow buckwheat but we’ve never fed one to a goat so now I know to no do that.
Buttercups they also grow in our region but the sheep get those before the goats do normally.
Pinetrees of course there is pine trees here but I know they don’t eat the leaves so now I know why they don’t eat it. One thing they do is the one’s with horns rub their horns against the trees until their bark is of then they leave it alone weird?
You can have 4 goats per acre. And one goat can fit in about a 5×10 feet backyard or if you feed it hay you can keep it in a barn.
The world’s largest goat was a British Saanen named Mostyn Moorcock, owned by Pat Robinson of Ewyas Harold, Hereford & Worcester, UK. It reached a shoulder height of 44 in and an overall length of 66 in.
The main way I tell my breeds is by color and color pattern like Boer goats have a brown face with a white stripe in the middle. Kiko goat are completely black normally but can technically be any color.
I created a way to tell breeds. I use horns to identify my goats and tell their breed. Like Salt has long semi curled horns that are light brown and have little lumps every inch. And my secondary buck called Ron Maclean’s horns are dark brown and grow behind the head like Salt’s horns then instead of curling back to the head they go sideways, and it’s like that on all of the purebred Boer goats I’ve ever had.
Things that will help me improve my goats health is giving them some alfalfa pellets with some molasses on them.
During the winter I should maybe pen the goats separate from the rest of the herd except for the older babies so I can wean them. Then I will be able to give the moms grain so they can get more fat and the goats that will go for meat will still be grass fed!
I should start dehorning my goats so when we are foot trimming them or etc their horns don’t stab us. Like once two year ago I got a black eye from our former buck Don Cherry’s horns although they where already partially cut. So they aren’t sharp anymore. Sadly I could not find any pictures of him. But anyways he looked something like this except his horns where curled into one on the left side of his head. He was a purebred Saanen wich is dairy breed. Since we used to be a big dairy goat farm we used to have a lot of dairy goats. Now I’ve got two Boer bucks which are a meat breed my goal is to keep the girls with the most Boer genetics so soomeday I can get to the point of having all purebred Boer goats.
Hello! Today dad wanted me to write about our vacation to New Liskeard!
So here it is!
We left on sunday morning at 7 am to go to Earlton to see Eastern Canada’s biggest Bison farm called Bison Du Nord which is a french name and we got a special tour because we’re friends and they sell Bison on Click Fork which is my mom’s business. And Pierre the man who started it all in 1972 son Charles gave me a Bison skull! Here’s a picture:
It needs a little TLC to get the horn back on the actual skull but some PL glue will do the trick! And their Bison are grass fed and finished just like our cows! Except for this guy he get’s treats!
Here is some actual Grass fed Bison
After that we went to an RB and B type of place to drop of our suitcases then once everything was figured out we went to a park there was a mini putt center with a very easy yet hard looking 18th hole.
And then there was this super cool lollypop looking seat that swings up and down here is a video of me playing on it, and since it’s pretty cold by the lake I had to wear my jacket.
Then I watched some tractor pull videos and went to bed to get rested up for tomorrow! Here is some tractor pull video’s:
The next morning we went to the New Liskeard Kubota dealer and went to look at some tractors!
This one is a M6S 111 which is the M6 Special version with 110 horsepower. The normal M6 looks like this:
There wasn’t one a the dealer so this is a picture from google.
Then there was an M7-172 which is the premium version (shown in the picture). The M7 2 series is technically the ranchers edition. This tractor has 170 horsepower.
Then in the used section I learned about a new tractor loader brand called HARDY which a was on an older Massey Ferguson.
The there was a Massey Ferguson 850 combine which is the slightly newer version of our Massey 550 combine.
The combine had a flat tire so it looks a little more beat up than it actually is.
And then there was a used Kubota side by side.
Before Kubota bought out this dealer it used to be a Massey Ferguson and Kubota
dealer and that’s why there is so much Massey Ferguson equipment.
We then headed down to Cobalt to go on hiking trail. With some pretty nice scenery.
There was a man that fell of the cliff and died here in 2010 at the age of 20 so mom was keeping a close eye on us when we were at the cliff. We then went on to a town called Haileybury to find a spot to have lunch at. We then found a park by a waterfront when we found this statue that represented a lady saving this man’s child from the big fire.
We then walked to the marina in search of washrooms which we did find there luckily. On our way out of the washrooms the girls spotted a stand that had some information about Haileybury. And turns out it used to be a city that was so big it had an NHL team! but then there was this massive fire that burnt down three quarters of the city which caused the team to have to shut down. And only some of the former cities buildings are left like two banks the court of Justice and more buildings. 900 years ago Haileybury used to be part of the great lake Erie!
We then went too explore the town and found Canada’s largest house!
Sadly the current owners/ the township did not allow visitors. The original owners were not done building it when the township had to take over because of the tax rates. I wonder why the township has not done anything with it? It’s about half done being built so just imagine how big it could be if it was complete! It could be North America’s largest house or even bigger!
And it turns out Haileybury is the home of the writer of one of me and my dads most favorite book series!
I normally read some of his books mainly during the winter because I have extra time to do things like that or whenever I can or think of it. Although dad never went to any Hardy Boys events he was a major fan a red almost all the books that were released in his childhood and whenever he seen the library had new hardy boy books or herd that there where new hardy books he had to get them! But he does not really read the books anymore. But that’s because he is always trying to follow politics and farming news.
We then dropped the girls of at the New Liskeard mall to go shopping and me and dad took a look around at what other farmers were doing.
This farmer already finished harvesting a field of Soybeans! The Soybeans at home don’t look as ripe as the ones in New Liskeard!
We then stopped at the New Holland dealer.
They had the local snowmobile clubs old groomer and new groomer parked there but I did not take pictures of them because they are highly modified and aren’t really the type of tractors I’m into. We then headed back to the Kubota dealer again to take a better look at a Horst running gear we were thinking of buying for our bale wagons that we did not buy. We then found a Great Plains Spartan Air Seeder that was hiding.
We then headed to the tourist house that had a museum of agriculture that was of course closed. But we did get to see a very old grader
After that we went home and met up with the girls to have some Pizza for super. we then watched Lord Of The Rings and then went to bed. The next morning we went to the Thornloe cheese factory to pick up some cheese and butter for Click Fork, and we seen a mini grader!
And someone forgot their Pepsi on it!
We then drove to our friend George Posh’s place to pick up some flour for Click Fork. And on the way there we seen quite the machinery. At the John Deere dealer there was two 9R’s wich is John Deere’s biggest tractor series.
We then seen a super big cash crop operation that had a lot of giant tractor’s like Case Ih Steiger’s and Magnum’s!
We then arrived at George’s and while George and my parents where loading the flower I asked If could go explore and take pictures of his tractors!
This tractor George is restoring is one of the very first Oliver tractors a Oliver Hart Parr!
Then this is his biggest tractor a Deutz Fahr DX 160 wich has 160 horsepower I believe.
Then this is his combine a John Deere 4420 which is the next size up after the 4400. My dad’s first combine was actually a John Deere 4400. The man we bought our new Ram from had a John Deere 4400 that was going to go to the scrap yard.
We named the Ram Dodge because the truck company Ram owns the truck and car company called Dodge and because he’s the typical Ram that you might have to Dodge away from sometimes. But he does love his attention just don’t get him mad.
And on that trip we stopped at the Kubota dealer in North Bay and looked at two Kubota M5-091’s which have 90 horsepower.
The only difference between them is the transmission and the one does not have a cab.
George also had a John Deere 4400 that he uses for parts on his 4420.
He has a Deutz that was custom painted Orange redish coloured wich he normally hooks up to his bailer.
He also had another old Deutz that needs a new engine and cab but in my terms that means it’s dead. I also learned about another loader brand called LEON. George said if he could get a new engine and cab it would be a nice loader tractor to have. I wonder how the cab broke of.
Then this is George’s wife Mary’s loader John Deere 1830.
Then George had his own John Deere 1830 that he uses.
This one could have a loader too but I guess they took it off.
As I was walking around the shed I got chased by some turkeys!
I then made my way to his Cockshuts without those turkeys coming after me.
George’s first Cockshut is a Cockshut 35. When George was a kid his dad had bought a brand new Cockshut 40 wich is the next size up and for christmas he got the toy model. He had got rid of the toy then 15 years ago he went looking all over his old farm and where he grew up but he did not find it. So then he went to the local AGCO dealer (AGCO still made tractors during that time.) The guy at the dealer said the last one sold was 2,150 $ so he gave up but he hopes that he might find it someday.
Then I’m not sure what series of Cockshut it is but I do know it’s a Cockshut.
My favorite tractor at Goerges would be his Deutz Fahr DX160 because it can have duals although it does not have duals on right now. And there is just something about the frame on those older Deutz Fahr’s.
George said he has two more tractors in his barn so he said next time we come he’d show me them so I bet you those two he keeps as collectibles! So pictures are on the way for those two tractors!
My favorite tractors at the new Holland Dealer would be the T5 125 that was hooked up to the bailer.
My favorite tractor at the John Deere dealer would be the John Deere 9R without duals honestly it looks pretty cool without duals.
My favorite tractor at the Kubota New Liskeard dealer would be the M7-171 tied with the M8-201.
My favorite random tractor we seen would be the Case Ih Steiger 540 we seen wich has 540 horsepower and is the second biggest tractor Case Ih makes!
My most favorite tractor from the trip would be the M8-201 tied with the M7-171!
I had made a list of how many tractors I’d spot during our vacation and here is my summary:
115 John Deere’s
27 New Holland’s
49 Case IH’s
8 IH/International Harvester’s
21 Massey Ferguson’s
3 Massey Harris’es
3 Allis Chalmers’s
1 Deutz Fahr
1 Mac Don
On our way to New Liskeard we seen a very good billboard that you should listen too!
Then the man we bought Dodge from has two Duetz’s two and a Massey Ferguson but they don’t count on my list because that is not part of our trip to New Liskeard.
The week we got Dodge Grandma and Grandpa seen a Fendt Vario 1038 at the Maple Lane Mount Forest the 1038 is Fendt’s second biggest tractor with around 500 horsepower.
The day before we left dad and I where moving the stockers and I got two really good pictures!
This very funny stocker used to be a bottle calf here is an old picture of him when he was younger.
I also got a nice picture of a hen while I was helping the girls do their chores.
And one more thing before I get back to telling you guys what we did before our vacation the Haileybury NHL team was called the Haileybury Comets. Here is a picture of their logo .
Apparently back in the day the Montreal Canadiens and the Comets had a big rivalry I bet you if Haileybury left the league sometime in between 2010 and 2020 I’d probably know more about them. And according to wikipedia they where part of the 5 teams that founded the NHL yet they were not in the original 6 since they got shut down because of that giant fire that past through in 1922.
So now getting back to before the trip.
When we were moving bales around before we moved the stockers I got a pretty nice picture of a bale in the same grey sky I got the picture of Erin and the hen in.
I then found a mushroom that was as big as my hat if not bigger!
My hat is pretty old. It’s been through a lot. since I am normally outside I guess it just faded sooner. Then I don’t know how those rips got in my hat. Then the grease is from when I hit my head under the bailer when dad Grandpa and me where fixing it.
Then picture was taken before I hit my head and my bike has a flat tire right now. But I think it’s time for a new bike that one is getting a little small for me.
Sorry I had a few delays the first one I had to rake hay I finished at 3 PM but then I got 1000 words done but after that I had to do chores the nI had to go brush hogging and I only finished at 8:30 PM. The on friday I had added another 1000 words then at 11 am I had to go discing and I only finished at 6 30 and had super did my chores and had a shower and by them it was 8:30 so I watched some more tractor stuff then went to bed.
Then While I was discing I discovered these two really good rock country songs that I really like!
And we also discovered there Is a new tractor around! I believe it’s a Fendt Vario 513 with a loader.
But since I had just walked in the house I could not count it because the rule on my counting system was as soon as I leave the house I’m allowed to count any tractor I see. So when we got home as soon as I walked in the house it went by!
And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this longer than normal post!
And one more quick thing maybe I could do a weekly tractor count and I could report the weekly total on the next monday before I start a new count or I could make my report on sunday it will probably be on sunday. And since it’s monday today I can start this week so I already have one Massey Ferguson on my list! But of course I wont add our tractors because we see them all them time. And I probably see our tractors 100 times a day!
Hello! Today as an dad essay dad wanted me to write an essay on Dandelions turn their petals into seeds. So here it is!
Dandelion flowers open primarily during daylight hours, and their multiple florets enclose the male and female reproductive parts. Once pollination by bees or other insects has taken place, each fertilized floret produces a seed called an achene.Which is pretty simple in the end I thought it would of been more complicated oh well I guess that means I understand it well. A long time ago when my parents had the veggy farm we had a babysitter from Switzerland and she showed us how to make honey with dandelions it was very fun! We did not use a single be to make it! Once I ate a raw dandelion it tastes very sour. But the old babysitter but sugar in it so we would like it and all of her hard work would not go to waste.
Hello everyone! As an other dad essay today dad wants me to write an essay on mycorrhizae fungi so here it is!
A mycorrhiza/ Mycorrhizae Fungi is a symbiotic association between a fungus and a plant. The term mycorrhiza refers to the role of the fungus in the plant’s rhizosphere, its root system. Mycorrhizae play important roles in plant nutrition, soil biology and soil chemistry. So technically it is just a mushroom that works like a restaurant it delivers the plant. So let’s say the neighbouring Spruce is low on water he “calls” the Mycorrhizae Fungi and tells it it’s order/ it needs water and the nearest Mycorrhizae plant will deliver it if it has some. That’s why on our farm we practice no tilling because tilling the soil will kill the Fungi and the plants will have a harder time to grow. Wanna hear a joke? Who does “Myco” call to get some jokes? Fungi. Ha ha ha that’s a good one.
Hello! Today as an dad essay dad wanted me to write an essay on a few tractors I could buy. My plan is to first list my potential buys then I will make a top three for ones that make the most sense and il do a top ten favorites. I can’t really buy anything over the year of 2005 because the prices get to high. So I’m mainly sticking to under 1990.
The three most reasonable tractors to buy would probably be 9,8, and 3 because they all don’t have to much horsepower and there not to small and there more in the range dad thinks I should buy in and they are tractor I have already seen and thought it would be cool to have one someday.
My top ten most would be
Someday I hope to get to the point where I have giant tractors like these three.
Hello! Dad wants me to write an essay on why does the color of your hair change as you age? The reason I am doing this project is because one of our Jersey cross bottle Calf was very light brown when he first came to the farm then his hair started turning black! So I wondered why this was happening and dad said I should do research on it and write an essay on it! So here I am!
Here is what I found!
The amount of eumelanin pigment determines how dark our hair is. The genes for making melanin might turn on or off over the course a person’s lifetime. If this happens in the cells at the bottom of your hairs, your hair might change color! Cool right? So maybe the pigment was changing on that calf because the cells at the bottom of his hairs were not working!
Hello! Today as an dad essay I will be writting about the history of challenger.
Challenger is a brand of agricultural tractors, created by Caterpillar Inc. in 1986 and sold to AGCO in 2002. Although marketed as the world’s first rubber-tracked agricultural tractor, East German Company VEB Traktorenwerk Schönebeck had produced a tracked tractor (the ZT 300 GB) since 1983.
I have a Challenger 45 1994 toy tractor model.
Agco is a company rhat owns many tractor brands and make farm equipement. Here is a list of tractor companies they own.
And there is a few more I can’t think of. Hesston used to make tractors but only make baling technology now. Challenger tractors were originally from White technology. White is an old tractor brand that was bought also buy Agco when CAT sold Challenger. When CAT bought White they kept the company in business for a little bit then they stopped and Changed it to CAT Challenger. The when Agco bought White they made their tractors for 1 or 2 more years then they stopped. Today there are plenty of Challengers like the Challenger Vario, Mt4500 and many more!
Hello! Today as a dad essay I will be writing about the Netherlands! To start with you need to know where netherlands is. The Little red dot is the Netherlands.
And this is just the NetherLands.
Here is some background on why I decided to do this geography project on the Netherlands. My grandma’s family is is from Holland/NetherLands They were called the Zwep’s pronounced Zwepe. My grandma is noot from Holland but her parents where. I did not get to meet great grandpa Zwep but I was able to meet Great Grandma Zwep when I was a baby. My grandma has three brothers and one sister . 1 Uncle Jerry, 2 Uncle Harry, 3 Uncle George and Aunt Atje . I don’t know their birth order but I’m pretty sure Uncle Jerry was the youngest.
No let’s get back to the actual subject. In Holland they speak Dutch, The three words in Dutch I know are: hallo/hello, licor/delicious, and doei/bye.
Here are their top 5 traditions
Sinterklaas. One traditional festivity in the Netherlands is the feast of Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas (Dutch pronunciation: or Sint-Nicolaas (Dutch pronunciation: is a legendary figure based on Saint Nicholas, patron saint of children. Other names for the figure include De Sint (“The Saint”), De Goede Sint (“The Good Saint”), and De Goedheiligman (“The Good Holy Man”) in Dutch; Saint Nicolas in French; Sinteklaas in West Frisian; Sinterklaos in Limburgs; Saint-Nikloi in West Flemish; Kleeschen and Zinniklos in Luxembourgish; Sankt Nikolaus or Nikolaus in German; and Sint Nicholas in Afrikaans.
Christmas. Among the Dutch, Christmas (which lasts two days) is a time of togetherness.
If I had to go to 3 Places in Europe I would go to Holland, England and Sweden. I also have family from England but this project is on the Netherland not England and tractors I’ve already got of track enough times.
Mennonites, Mennonites come from the Netherlands. Here is a chart of where they can be found and how many there where in 2019.
North America: 672,000
Latin America and Caribbean: 270,000
Asia and Pacific: 420,000
Africa Has the most Mennonites. All together there is a total of 2160000 all over the world.
All though my number 1 favorite brand is Kubota I have a top five list of my favorite tractor brands.
My family has had a great liking with Massey Ferguson almost every farmer family member I can think of had or has a Massey Ferguson. We had two older Masseys. Uncle Jerry’s has one. Grandpa had many over the course of his farming career. Actually one of our Massey’s used to be grandpa’s.
Hello! Today I will Be writing about the history of the Case IH tractor brand!
Case IH has been in business for over 175 years know and there is a lot of history behind them.
Before Case IH existed there was only Case. The colors of the original tractor was orange and white lucky I have a case model tractor that I use for forage harvesting.
Mine is not in the best condition but I have had it for quite a while. Here is some history of the founder of Case.
Jerome Increase Case (1819–1891) was born to a Williamstown, New York farming family. As a young child, Case read about a machine that could cut wheat without people needing to use their hands. He developed an interest in agriculture at that point.Case took small, hand-powered threshing machines to Wisconsin in 1842, where he improved the design and established a company to manufacture them. In 1843, Case moved the business to Racine, Wisconsin, in order to have better access to water power, and opened the Racine Threshing Machine Works. In 1863, Case partnered with three of his top employees, Massena Erskine, Robert Baker and Stephen Bull. Case was also involved in politics and horse racing. Over time, the company grew.
Before I talk about how these two brands merged I have to tell you all how International Harvester started. I also have a IH which is short for International Harvester.
The International Harvester Company (often abbreviated by IHC or IH, or shortened to International) was an American manufacturer formed from the 1902 merger of McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and Deering Harvester Company. The business lines of the company included agricultural equipment, automobiles, commercial trucks, lawn and garden products, household equipment, and other entities. Along with the Farmall and Cub Cadet tractors, International is also known for the Scout and Travelall vehicle nameplates. Following years of financial and economic decline, International began selling its separate equipment divisions, starting with the sale of the construction division to Dresser Industries in 1982. In November 1984 IH finalized a deal with Tenneco to sell the farm equipment division to its subsidiary, J.I Case. Henceforth IH became a truck and engine manufacturer, reorganized as Navistar International in 1986. Throughout its existence International Harvester was headquartered in Chicago, Illinois (and Navistar remained through 2000).
Then Case and International merged. On November 23, 1984, the deal was finalized. Almost three months later, during February 1985, the transaction was completed.
Then Ford came who made tractors. After New Holland came next Ford bought New Holland and let go the Ford brand. then Case IH bought New Holland. Next Ford decided to make tractors again and they called them Ford Versatile. And I have one.
Then Versatile bought itself out of Ford then Versatile became its own company.