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Goat Prices 2014

Posted by eshamfamilyfarm on March 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I promised that I would let you know how we did with our goats that we were finally able to get to manchester.

We took them on March 9th and they were sold on March 10th and for all 7 goats we got 247.50 per 100. They totaled 440 pounds. I am pleased with the price and that will be the price for purchase out of the barn. We do not have alot to sell to 4H kids this year but it is less time consuming to put them on the trailer. 

So if you are interesting in purchasing goats the best time is when they are the lightest. We have 8 doe kids from fall kidding probably will be keeping 4 and then the same with the January doe kids we have 15 and will probably keep 5 as replacements.

Wethers we only have 17 and the boys will be holdig back 6 to 8 of those to show. All wethers will be sold by May 1st.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you, Tina Esham

Winter 2014... Is it ever going to end?

Posted by eshamfamilyfarm on March 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Wow it has been a crazy winter here on our farm. We were extrremely unprepared for this winter and unfortunatly have paid for it with lost animals.

Of course we breed for the first of January and most of our kids came in the January cold spells... I mean Polar Vortex that we have experienced more then once this season. 

Also due to this LONG winter we did not have enough hay in the barn so instead of being able to sell hay we have had to purchase hay. 

We will be weaning the Polar Vortex kids here this weekend. In 2014 and beyond we will be vaccinating for phneomia as last summer we struggled with this problem and we do not want to have to walk down that path again thi year! 

Due to all these challanges we will have very limited animals for sale for 2014. I think that there is going to be an extreme sortage of animals in 2014 so if you have commercial animals going to market I think you will find that this will be your best years for live weight price per pound.

We have fall kids that were scheduled to go to market last weekend but due to the fridige weather we decided not to haul them. This Sunday it is forcasted to be 27 degrees so hopefully we will be able to haul them to Manchester! When we receive our market report I will let you know how they sold!  

July 1, 2012

Posted by eshamfamilyfarm on July 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow,

The summer for the kids is a third of the way over and our show season is on the wrap up. We have two wether series shows left and fair. It is hard to believe that the season is almost over. It has really gone fast this year.

We have learned alot this year in this show season. Most importanly the importance of the right feed and exercise. I am excited to see that our goat industry is growing here in Michigan and that we are producing some good wethers right here in Michigan.

Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in learning more about the MBGA wether series. It is a great thing for the kids that are interested in showing goats. My kids know that it takes a first and a last place to have a show. Without good competition and sportsmanship it would not be rewarding.

I am proud to watch all the kids that I have been showing all summer long and watch how much they have improved their skills and knowledge! Keep up the good work and I can't wait to see you all at the awards celebration at the MBGA Annual meeting and Goat Roast!

Tina!

Preganancy Toxiema

Posted by eshamfamilyfarm on January 22, 2011 at 8:38 PM Comments comments (0)

Today I learned that I have a Doe kid with Preganancy Toxiema - On Tuesday Night we noticed that she was walking funny in her back end - like she was walking on egg shells and her back pasturns were swollen... so we put her in a kidding pen and watched her... she would not get up except to eat and drink and even then I was taking the bucket to her. So Yesterday I treated her with Dura Pen and Banamine - the horse person in me and today se seemed more comfortable but no less swelling in her back legs and the banamine should have taken care of that.

So I came in and got on the internet and reseached preganancy and in all my reading I would definately say that is what she has... definately suttle but when I look at her overall condition I put it together... Her coat is ruff she doen't appear to be skinny but her topline is lacking cover and the more reading I do I am sure she is carring multiple kids and she is due in exctaly three weeks from the time of the symptoms...

So tonight I have given her the "Magic" which is 2 part corn suryp and 1 part malassis and also gave her warm water with that in it as well.

What i've discovered ios that they don't have to have all the symptoms and we are feeding good third cut hay but I think she is wormy - hence the ruff coat and she is definately low in the pecking order... so I will keep you updated but this is definetaly a learning experience for me!

 

Tina 

Kidding has begun!

Posted by eshamfamilyfarm on January 9, 2011 at 9:41 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello Everyone!


I hope that all is well for every one and the holidays were great but now its time for most of us to be in the barn! We have had 11 kids born - 6 Doe Kids 7 Buck Kids - 5 88% Boer kids and 6 are BoKo's sired by our Kiko Buck and my Percentage Boer Does!

We have 4 does to kid in Feb and 4 to Kid in March - now that I  have a small break I am wondering what I was thinking to stretch it out???

Anyways I hope to be updating this webpage with pictures - I had to download FireFox - Web Broswer to make it work so hopefully I will get some more up there for you soon!

Hope all is well and contact us if you are looking for goats!


Tina

Where have the last 6 months gone???

Posted by eshamfamilyfarm on September 7, 2010 at 7:16 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone!

 

I feel like I have have been in outer space the last 4 months... forsure! Once Show Season started it's all a blur from there. School got out and summer came in with full force. Now, thank the Lord kids are back in school and things will get back to normal.

 

We have started to breed for the 2009-2010 kidding season I am really looking forward to seeing these kids hit the ground. I learned my lesson from last breeding season... not to breed my does so young we are testing on 4 too see if I am right becuse my husband doesn't believe me. So only 4 doe kids are being bred and the other 7 will be held off til the fall.

 

Hopefully this Friday I will have some time to update my website and get it up to current status but I do have a Buyers Dinner that we are hosting Sunday @ 3PM so I have to get that in the past and then I should be good on time to get things caught up!

 

You will be seeing lots from me in the future!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Tina

Updating my Webpage...

Posted by eshamfamilyfarm on January 24, 2010 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Ok I think I have it now that's what I get for not doing it on a monthly basis right?

So I have all kinds of new Pictures and Dates on the Calandar I hope that I can get some feed back from everyone to make this site something fun for Family Friends 4H Members and People who need to fine quality Boer Goats.

 

We should have some more kids on the ground here shortly I still have 6 does to kid and they will all be out of our 66 - 7/8 Kiko Buck.

 

Please if this is a site that interests you please let me know anything that I can add to make it better.

 

My next goal is to start to add well founded goat information if you have any suggestions I would love to hear it please become a member and help us to grow and better our youth!

 

TIna

4 Done 7 To Go...

Posted by eshamfamilyfarm on January 9, 2010 at 7:36 PM Comments comments (0)

This has been an interesting kidding year so far... My Does all came in about a week to a week and a half of each other. Out of 4 mature Does I have 7 Buck kids and 1 Doe Kid. We have 3 more mature Does to kid and then 3 doe kids that are all bred to our 7/8 Kiko Buck.

We kidded in a better location in our barn this year and are very greatful to have 8 healthy kids. We do have 2 bottle kids and that $50 bag of milk replacer that I bought today ensures that doe will be on the trailer.

Our 4H club Campbell Clovers is getting off to a good start this year and I am looking forward to this coming year I think we have a great bunch of kids with a little direction they are really going to Fly!

Wyatt and Garrett are already asking when their first show is and it will sure be here before we know it. I am going to make a point tomorrow to go out and take some good pictures tomorrow and then I will be able to do an update to this page! It sure is interesting how differnt a year can make full sisters and brothers I definately have kids that are different then last year!

Tina

Our 1st Doe Has Kidded!

Posted by eshamfamilyfarm on December 13, 2009 at 2:51 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone!

 

We have our first kids of the season on the on the ground. And 5 to go... Oreo is a 2007 50% Boer Doe who was bred to SED Ceasar and has produced a set of twin bucks, as set of twin does and now a doe kid and a buck kid. She is a very good mother and kids all on her own. If I could change one thing about her would be to add milk capacity to her utter.

Next year I plan to breed her to my 7/8th Kiko Buck and I hope that I have a doe kids out of her to see if that improves the miking ability in her kids. I will add photos soon and update the resdt of the web page as soon as I get Christmas cards done, my Christmas shopping done and all those tasks that I could go on and on about but it's just at the bottom of my list. Someday I hope to get to the bottom of that list!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy new year of I don't get this page updated before then!

 

Tina

August 22, 2009

Posted by eshamfamilyfarm on August 22, 2009 at 12:27 PM Comments comments (0)

Summer is almost over, kids are getting ready for school and our fair and summer shows are over. We are now focusing on getting out Does and Doe Kids bred for the 2010 show and fair season. We have had a great summer filled with learning and lots of great experiences.

 

Even in trying to update this page I am learning new things... Pictures can't be larger then 300KB so I am going to have to work on editing my pictures that I want to add to my gallery before I can upload them, but I think that is going to have to be another day. I have spent enought time on my trusty computer for the day.

 

We made the May show, June Jackpot, the 4-H State Goat Show, we missed the Livestock expo in July, but enjoyed Jackson Co fair in August. Now I am volunteering more time to 4-H by becoming the Adminstrator Leader for Campbell Clovers 4-H Club. I will be busy as usual but I always have time to help and answer questions and if I don't have the answer right then I will always get the answer as soon as possible. Please contact me if I can help!


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