Tuesday, March 3, 2015

My Old Timers on the Farm

February 2015 in Northeast Ohio set all kinds of records.
The average temperature was 23.....the coldest since 1875.
A nice little survival fact I can now claim...."I lived through the winter of 2015."
Living through a cold month like that, especially with 9 days of sub zero temps was not without stress.  I constantly worried about the farm animals.  The sheep I knew would be fine but the goats.....

Goats are not big fans of sub zero temps.  Actually for my goats I think 50 is getting too cold for them;)  There were 2 goats that I was truly worried about and I gave them extras all winter.....like grain and they got their own heat bulb all February. 

Cubbie, pictured on the right above, will be 15 years old in April.  He is the love of my life and the very first farm animal I bought.  He is truly amazing and I love him to pieces.  His best buddy JD passed away this Fall. Cubby and JD were the same age and I worried how Cubbie would handle being without JD. 

Cubbie and Briggs, pictured below, buddied up with no problems. Briggs is 11 years old and knows that Cubbie is in charge.

He is trying to look like a tough goat in this picture but he is pathetically laid back😊

They are both Nigerian Dwarf wethers and are the healthiest animals I have ever had!

They have become best buddies and truly kept each other warm all winter.  It warms my heart to know these 2 old timers 
have each other and even though they butt heads over a few pieces of grain, in the end they stick together☺

1 comment:

Tammy said...

Wow. Fifteen! And he looks so good. I'm sure that they both appreciated your efforts to keep them warm and safe this winter. I know that is hard on the shepherd!

My 2 oldest are 14--Gracie is one of them and she is a Dorset and my best bud. She was one of my first sheep.