Liz Hoxie

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since Aug 09, 2014
My husband and I live as close to the land as renters can. We are getting dairy goats in the Spring. We already have chickens. Every plant we put in the ground is drought tolerant and multipurpose. They attract pollinators and are edible or medicinal. I want to raise the goats as naturally as possible and will plant accordingly. We take advantage of the wild plants for forage and deep litter.
Ellisforde, WA
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Have you decided on a breed yet? I think it's the Jacob Sheep that browses more than most sheep. I don't know how well sheep in general eat kudzu. The extension agent might know.
10 hours ago
People used to put some goats on kudzu covered ground in the spring and put them in the freezer in the Fall. You could pick up a goat and kid cheap (or 2), have a bar-b-q this fall with the kid, breed the mom, and clear some more land in the Spring.
13 hours ago
See if the goat herder would like to rest them in a certain area during the heat of the day. If you offer them shade (could be from a building), and water, they'll happily rest, chew their cud, and make your terraces all at the same time.
Good idea about the pigs.
2 months ago
Every other one of my posts has an edit button, but my 1st post doesn't.
2 months ago
Thanks for the instructions. I'm on my phone (only internet), and I don't have an edit button.

BTW, thanks.
2 months ago
Tony, it snowed last night, but I'll try to describe what it looks like in the summer. The goats make a shallow depression about 2'x3', starting about halfway down the hill. After a few years these areas were well fertilized, and the plant growth, mainly wild mustard, was abundant.
These aren't my goats, but they are allowed to overgraze this area every year. Actually, that may have helped.
I wouldn't tether them, I would let THEM decide where to put the depressions. Just fence off the area, put wethers on it until late fall, and then butcher. Start over in the spring for a few years. You've now got fertilized terraces.

Roberto,  that's a good title. I wish I wasn't challenged by technology, it would be easier to edit.
That's interesting about Capricorn. I never knew that. We had no Capricorns in the family, so I never paid much attention.

More memories: I had to remember in which order the goats worked. The first area was the steepest slope at one side of their area. Then the steepest part of the middle of the area. Then it became all over, until I could go straight up without holding on to a fence! They also seemed to lessen the steepness overall.
2 months ago
I'll be glad to try. It's dark out right now. I'll try tomorrow.
2 months ago
You're right, laundry does dry fast and the days are so long in the summer that I can get several loads done per day. The only problem is that if the temperature is below 45°, I have to hang them in the house; they won't even freeze dry on the line. We just make sure there's enough sheets and towels to get us through winter, then I play catch-up in the spring and keep up until the rains start in September. After the rains start, I have to pick and choose my nice hanging days.
2 months ago
Next time I get it I'm going to plant it where it is blocked from the wind. I mulched it last year, but that didn't work. We live in an area that seems like a wind tunnel. The north wind feels like it has ice chips in it and the south wind crosses snowy mountains and then the river before it gets here. FUN!
3 months ago
What the goats are doing actually has a name! The "slopes" around here are about 45°. I've noticed the goats are scooping/raking out an area that is just big enough to plant a tree.
That's in the goat pen, but I can use the knowledge in other places.
3 months ago