<![CDATA[Franke Farm - Farm Blog]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:51:01 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Wonderful Technology!]]>Mon, 29 Jan 2018 02:16:10 GMThttp://frankefarm.com/farm-blog/wonderful-technologyPictureLove is in the air ;) Dutchess & Bugatti
     Technology is a wonderful thing!  It is especially wonderful when it comes to making life easier for me in the barn.  Dutchess, my never-ending obsession, actually went into heat!  This has never happened for her naturally since she's lived here.  I think I might actually have our feed and minerals in the perfect ratio.  This has been especially apparent by our increased amount of copper boluses that I have been giving.
     Copper is extremely important to goats.  One of the many health benefits to goats is increased fertility.  Dutchess is a prime example of this relationship.  We have struggled for years on our farm with copper deficiency.  Even with excellent loose goat mineral offered free choice, we remained with rust-colored coats and balding tails.  We started copper bolusing once and then twice a year.  We now bolus our goats every three months and this seems to have resolved the issue. The reason why we have a problem with copper deficiency, higher than normal levels of sulfur in our well water.  Sulfur acts as an antagonist to copper.  Overall, sulfur impedes the adequate uptake of copper.  Therefore, we have needed to give more copper to counteract this interaction.  I always stress the importance of having your water tested by a reputable water lab.  It is also good to have it tested in different seasons since mineral levels can change with weather variations.  
     So now we wait, 21 days to see if Miss Dutchess settles.  We are hoping for an easy kidding for her and all our does.  Here's to keeping our fingers crossed! 

<![CDATA[Snuggling as the rain begins]]>Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:40:22 GMThttp://frankefarm.com/farm-blog/snuggling-as-the-rain-beginsPictureCocoa, Dutchess and Empress
     So another rainy winter season begins. The girls are mostly bred for the spring at this point. We are at the familiar point where we settle down for the winter and prepare to tough out the rain and worse, mud! As we go into this season, we have learned a tremendous amount over the past 7 years.  I feel extremely fortunate to have gained this knowledge even if, at times, it came through some unfortunate events.
     This coming kidding season I am becoming more aware that I will have to deal with the eventual decline of my aging goat, Dutchess.  She is a wonderful creature and I feel so blessed to have been able to have her in my herd.  My hope was that I could pass her very dairy genes on in her offspring and even improve upon them.  I am so glad that I have Empress from her and this might be possible.  It is a strong possibility that Dutchess is pregnant at this time as well.  To breed or not to breed becomes a very real concern when you having an aging animal.  Pregnancy is a prominent threat to a geriatric doe.  Goats dying in labor is quite common.  So as we go into this year, I am leery of kidding season.  We will upgrading our current barn camera system to be wi-fi compatible.  Then I will be able to monitor their progress from my cell phone, no matter where I happen to be.  It is imperative that I am present for my kiddings, especially when it comes to Dutchess.  So here's to keeping my fingers crossed and my toes crossed too!  Wish us luck!

<![CDATA[Best Day Ever]]>Sun, 20 Nov 2016 03:05:25 GMThttp://frankefarm.com/farm-blog/best-day-ever
     I absolutely love this picture!  Every time that I look at it, this picture just makes me feel good.  The sun was spectacular that day.  Since then we've had rain, rain, rain...  But this is Oregon:)  We are well into the winter rainy season now.  Our last yearling does are in the breeding pen.  And soon, we will hopefully be having happy and healthy babies from our older doe, Dutchess.  We are praying for a successful kidding and some baby doelings to add to our herd. 
     Also, we will finally be participating in the ADGA's Linear Appraisal and starting on milk test this year.  My own babies are slightly older and time is allowing me to put our does to the test!  The wonderful thing about both these programs is that they can assist us with our future dairy program.  Our plan, at this point, is to essentially grow our own, with only the occasional new buck addition.  We might also try our hand at AI in the future but that is in the distant future for sure. 
     Thank you for all your support over the years.  We hope to continue to bring you excellent goats for both milking and show.  Take care and Happy Holidays!
                                            ~ Dawn Franke and Family

<![CDATA[Fall Days 2016]]>Sun, 20 Nov 2016 03:00:01 GMThttp://frankefarm.com/farm-blog/fall-days-2016
<![CDATA[Wild Windy Winter]]>Sat, 15 Oct 2016 23:54:42 GMThttp://frankefarm.com/farm-blog/wild-windy-winter
     So the windy and stormy season is upon us!  So far we have only one down branch that the goats are thoroughly enjoying.  My clean-up crew is very efficient!  This breeding season has started already even though we have not officially finished with kidding season for this one yet.  Our older girl, Dutchess, is pregnant and due mid-December.  We are hoping for an easy and successful kidding.  Then she will go on DHI milk test but unforunately will probably not be able to earn her milk star due to her age.  I have a special affinity to Miss Dutchess being an older mom myself.  Regardless, she will be put on milk test for my own knowledge and growth as a goat dairy farmer.  We have a lot of exciting projects coming this next year.  Most notably, I will be starting my own goat milk soap line and hopefully selling it here soon. 
     We will also be participating in linear appraisal this year with the ADGA.  We will be heading over to my good friend, Carol's farm who will be hosting.  Hopefully we will come home with some good marks and learn a lot from it.  Everyday is a learning experience on our farm and we feel fortunate to be able to have it.  Stay dry and warm this season.  Best wishes!

<![CDATA[Spring 2016]]>Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:10:38 GMThttp://frankefarm.com/farm-blog/spring-2016
      Spring is well upon us at Franke Farm.  And with that, the first babies are off to their new homes and new adventures.  It is always a little bittersweet to watch them leave.  All of our time, effort and hard-work has helped create these amazing little creatures.  I know that they will enjoy their new surroundings but still its a void around the farm.  But we are looking forward to next year. 

     Next year is full of promise.  We have some wonderful new bucks to add to our lines.  We continue to redefine our feeding regimen and mineral supplementation.  We hope to add the creation of our very own goats milk soap line too.  So with each passing year, we continue to gain knowledge into these wonderful animals and challenge our own ideas of farming.  This has been an interesting journey so far and we are hoping for many more adventures to come.  Here's to a lovely spring!

<![CDATA[One Snowy Day...]]>Mon, 04 Jan 2016 04:05:54 GMThttp://frankefarm.com/farm-blog/one-snowy-dayPicture
     This morning started out quite snowy and cold.  The goats seemed confused by the whole experience.  They are so used to absolutely despising the rain but this powdery, cold substance was met with everyone just scratching their heads.  So out into the weather they ventured, mostly to take advantage of consuming our discarded Christmas tree.  It is such a tasty snack each year.  Overall, they managed the snow quite well.  And, more than likely, it will be completely melted by tomorrow.  It is more of a novelty for us here in the Willamette Valley, Oregon.  We are steadily preparing for the upcoming kidding season.  The addition of the closed-circuit video camera system in the kidding stall will help make the season smoother.  We are so excited to get underway and be able to provide some high-quality goat kids to eagerly waiting families.  This will be a very exciting kidding season!

<![CDATA[Cold, Crisp Days]]>Sat, 28 Nov 2015 17:32:23 GMThttp://frankefarm.com/farm-blog/cold-crisp-days
<![CDATA[Winter Preparations]]>Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:59:30 GMThttp://frankefarm.com/farm-blog/winter-preparationsPicture
     As Autumn creeps in and summer fades, we begin our preparations for this coming winter.  Every year I think to myself how busy the spring kiddings are.  Then I experience the fall and preparing for our winter.  Our barn is full of hay, stacks of Chaffhaye, feed and bedding.  We have already completed our first breedings for kidding in mid-February.  We have stocked our freezer with farm-raised pork and beef.  Also, we will be raising our last batch of meat chickens for the year as well.  Our meat chickens enjoy pasture and Scratch and Peck soy-free organic-corn feed.  It feels good to raise our own animals and know where our food comes from.  We continue to push our farm forward by embracing the ways of the past.  I hope to keep bringing our adventures to you.
     The pastures are dry and barren now.  With winter comes the rain and the beautiful green grasses will re-emerge.  The goats are looking forward to the fresh nibbles too.  We will be adding onto our buck pen to give the boys more room and seeding the pastures.  Keep posted to both our blog and our Facebook page for updates on the farm.  Have a lovely Fall from our family to yours!

<![CDATA[Finished Buck Playground]]>Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:04:33 GMThttp://frankefarm.com/farm-blog/finished-buck-playground