Chris Griffin

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since Dec 18, 2012
Eastern edge of the Blue Ridge Mnts. Virginia
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The show producers influence a lot of what Tony and Amelia do. This season's trip to the coast for salt made the couple look ignorant in my opinion. I live near and in the same climate as the couple, I know that they travelled about 250 miles to the coast to collect their sea salt. The deer meat was left where? Our winter was super mild when that was filmed. Deer meat, venison, is safer canned than cured or smoked. Tony and Amelia are very intelligent people, but gave in to the producers need to show "drama". I just wanted to blow off a little steam in regards to the " show"...
2 years ago

Philip Green wrote:

A Philipsen wrote:Pine needles can cause abortions in cattle. Goats seem to be surprisingly tolerant of toxins (my one azalea is dead and my goats aren't), but that might be something to consider if your goats are or will be bred.

This winter I cut down pine trees (have way too many of them) as a supplement to the goats hay. They chomped through them happily all winter and all 5 bore healthy babies in the spring. So I'd guess its not a problem. What they really love is cedar trees (which are also a natural dewormer), they ate every needle off the cedar I cut down before they would touch the pine needles.

At some point you can compare Cows, sheep and goats, but the one big difference is goats are browsers and cows and sheep are grazers. Eating pine bark and needles is a normal feast for goats, where it isn't for sheep and cows. Though when we had Jacob sheep they could kill off a stand of pine trees rather quickly, sheep and cows normally eat from the ground up to about 6 inches and goats like to eat from about 6 inches above the ground to as high as they can reach.
Yep, this looks real promising! The idea of turning the panel to keep the cells from overheating is genius. This is obviously new technology and it doesn't look like there is much real world, normal person testing, the issue I see is anything that moves has parts that can wear out. This unit would have to be mounted on copper slip rings so as not to twist up the wiring. That makes me wonder how often you would have to change brushes or rings. If their initial cost is low enough, I will definitely want to try one.
6 years ago
I normally just grab a nice sized stick and use my draw knife to shave it into small pieces that stay attached to the stick, then use one piece of newspaper to get a flame and put the stick in on top of the paper. It seems to get hot faster and allows me to get larger pieces burning quicker. I have several acres of hardwood though, so finding wind fall pieces suitable for starting a fire is really easy for me.

I do like the "Cooking oil, scrap paper" idea a lot though. That is something that most everyone has and is not something I am buying for a single purpose.
6 years ago
I use the "Harbor Freight" kit to power my electric fence and provide lighting in our barn. The 45 watt kit takes a little time to get the batteries charged though. If you are handy I would think more along the lines of an MPPT charger controller and a single 100 w panel. If the Harbor Freight kit used a small MPPT controller they would charge the batteries much faster, but the cost would double. The Harbor freight kit on the other hand is a good start. They are monocrystaline PV panels that seem to last. We are on our third year using one kit. The charge controller that comes with the unit went "belly up" after about a year and a half, but other than that it has been a decent testing platform to work with.
6 years ago

Tyler Ludens wrote:Can anyone recommend a good brand of solar water heater? This would be connected to the existing water heater.


Evacuated Tube Collector. I would check this system out. They appear to have the ability to make hot water even when the sun is covered with clouds. I don't have any first hand information on them, but someone on here may.
6 years ago
I have actually been thinking about it, but the costs may be kinda high trying to store water in something that you make. Making something water tight is tough, making something water tight then heating it with fire is even tougher. This is a good idea for a thread though. Start throwing out ideas and somewhen we may find a completely viable idea.
6 years ago

Lauren Dixon wrote:This one was a half-sister to the other baby that we lost, this one being the result of a mother/son breeding. This one, unlike the first baby, seemed perfectly healthy for the first three or four days. She was nursing, and walking around a lot, then suddenly went downhill. The first symptom was extreme muscle weakness, like a little wet rag, and then a tremendous drop in body temperature. Her basal temp was down to 98 F even when she was in the house, wrapped up, with a hairdryer on her. What a nightmare!

After doing a necropsy, I have been thinking that her rumen got so big that it pressed into her lungs and suffocated her. As she died, she began gasping for breath, and stopped breathing about 1-2 minutes before her heart stopped. Would a quick stomach tubing have released the pressure and solved this, like it would a simple case of bloat in any other animal? When I picked her up and shook her, she had the classic floppy kid symptom of the sound of sloshing in her belly, and when I did the necropsy, I found that her rumen was mostly full of air, with some spoiled milk in there as well. This seems strange, as I was certain goats could burp! Just wanting to figure out what I was seeing.

Yep, goats can burp, the problem with the Rumen is that you can not access it via a stomach tube. A stomach tube properly inserted will go to the second stomach (I don't remember the name). The only way to relieve bloat in the rumen is to use a large bore needle and insert it in the correct location (I have never done this). What I have found out is that in order to get the kid fully hydrated it is almost mandatory to use both IV fluids and a stomach tube. The kid we had that had the same issues as you are describing passed a couple of days ago. The unique issue that I see is that this kid was also a product of Mother/Son incest. According to lenghthy research, a mother/son breeding should not be a problem, unless they shared a genetic problem that should be bred out not in. Like all other animals the fittest survive. To often livestock are born and sold as good stock, but sometimes you just gotta ask yourself, why is a particular animal being sold? The Nubian doe that we have had what appeared to be severe parasite issues when she was given to us. We saved her, but apparently she has genetic issues that should not be saved. We all hate the word "Cull" but nature culls animals all of the time. Sometimes our intervention is not so much for the good of the breed, but for the good of the particular animal. The moral to the story is to keep Momma away from a known relative. Keep breeding her, but maybe breed to a whole different breed of goat to insure no more inbreeding on her part.
You did exactly as we would have done... Was this one the sister to the first? Also it sounds like she was putting her milk in her Rumen...