I finally got the shelf in the goat barn put up to hold all my accessories. Some of the goats get oatmeal in their grain to help their poo remain in pellet form. I always make sure my goats and sheep have free access to Baking Soda - I have never had a case of bloat (knock on wood) as a result.
I took the food bowls out of the sheep barn and replaced them with hay racks. The bowls made feeding easier but they also doubled as sleeping spaces and as a result collected a lot of poo and pee. The racks have led to less waste but have caused a bit more jostling and head butting.
I would have liked to have found larger racks but they are ridiculously expensive, who knew?
The best news was that the Commander and one of my sons finally got the fencing totally attached! I was really getting tired of the sheep finding drooping areas and escaping underneath to get at the food on the other side of the fence line. If you click on the picture you will see how well the sheep have eaten down this area of the forest. Late this Fall the Commander will cut down a big chunk of the trees and throw down some pasture seed for next year!
I am an Ocicat. My duties include; security (rodents), counter intelligence (predators), infiltration (sneaking) and night surveillance.
I live in NE Minnesota on 10 wooded acres with; my best friend Mocha, three dogs, chickens, Guinea Hens, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Cascade Sheep, Icelandic sheep, and a few humans.
When we moved here it was completely wooded, our plan is to turn this property into a working homestead.