. . . but wow are they destructive!! People are always surprised to learn how we ended up with goats on the farm. It was not by design, and very much by accident. In the fall of 1996 we noticed three goats (mommy, daddy and kid) living under the bridge which is near our driveway at the bottom of the hill. We asked everyone we knew if they were missing any goats or if they knew of someone that was missing some goats. No one ever stepped forward to claim them and we worried they would get hit by a car. So one Saturday afternoon we had what we refer to as the goat rodeo and rounded up these goats and brought them to the barn.
They lived in one of the stalls at first since we didn’t have any other goat proof location for them. Being the animal lovers they are my parents fenced off a new paddock behind the barn with goat proof fencing, and then built the goat condo for them as well. Isn’t this what everyone does when stray goats show up? They also proved to really helpful when we have new residents on the farm. We use the goat paddock as our quarantine paddock and so far each and every horse has fallen in love with the goats as they spend their first days on the farm in the goat paddock.
Ivan’s first day with us Buffy’s second day with us. I think Buffy loved the goats more than any other horse ever has! Faune’s fourth day with us. He liked to hang out with the goats.
One of the stumps they haven’t knocked over yet- but they did destroy the tree!
Dad manning the chain saw
The goats had really outdone themselves this time, and had chosen to destroy a bois d’arc tree, also known as an osage orange tree. As it turns out the wood from these trees is one of the hardest woods out there. My dad, Jason and our friend Carlos decided to tackle sawing up this tree last weekend and 4 dull, overheated chain saws later the job still wasn’t done!
I knew things were getting desperate when I saw Jason walking out with this
Jason taking a swing Carlos taking a swing It took awhile but we did actually chop our way through that tree – once! We decided to wait until the chain saws had recovered to finish off the stump. It was a tough job and I am confident that everyone involved hopes we don’t have to cut up an osage orange tree again!