Post by countrymom22 on May 1, 2018 1:53:01 GMT
While I was cooking dinner I noticed the neighbor and a friend of his walking through the field next door. In the past, he has typically rented the pasture out to a local farmer who has run Dexter cattle or Suffolk sheep on it from spring through fall. Last year for some reason, the neighbor, who is not interested in farming, bought his own sheep from an auction, and proceeded to kill half of them due to what he says was parasites. I'll admit to not knowing much about sheep, but I do know that you need to rotate dewormers, but he wasn't worming at all. And the sheep he bought were all different ages so he probably brought a heavy parasite load home with the older animals that then killed the younger ones.
So , I was wondering when the sheep would arrive, or were they bringing cows this year. After dinner, I went out to collect the eggs and lock the chickens up and noticed that he bought at least 10 Boer goat kids. Now, this pasture is green and lush, but there is no browse at all. So I'm wondering if these goats have any chance at survival as the owner isn't the smartest guy going. He raises these animals strictly for farm land assessment purposes, not because he has suddenly decided to homestead or farm.
I typically don't like to tell others that what they are doing is wrong, so I don't want to say anything to this guy if the goats are going to be okay. If he runs true to form, he will not be supplementing with hay or grain. The animals purpose are to mow the grass and then bring in enough money at auction in the fall to make the minimum he needs to produce to retain his farm land assessment. He never carries any animals over winter as he doesn't want to bother caring for them in the cold. This is the same guy who had a lamb screaming for a day and a half and never went out to investigate why. The lamb had gotten out and couldn't get back into the pasture. No one lives on the property, so we had to round up the lamb and get him back inside. Not fun to do at dusk on the highway a week after major surgery!
So you can see why I'm a little worried. What are the odds that these poor critters will be okay?