We have made some MORE progress in our new building! I am so excited to see the milk house and milking area take shape! Jason has worked SO hard to make dairying with goats as easy as possible. He even tracked down a pump and milking equipment. I currently milk by hand as I am not milking enough does to justify using the pump.

We had TRIPLETS born February 19th. Seeing brand new life never gets old!  We have two more does expecting and I will be happy when the next few weeks are over.

The cold temperatures have proved a little bit of a challenge for us this winter. We are used to the changes of temperature living in the great state of OHIO brings. We are NOT however, used to Minnesota!  I am hoping that all the sub-zeros are gone from our forecast. 

I do appreciate snow along with the cold. It makes a great insulator for the barn! You just gotta get out there and shovel it up against the sides!  Jason and the boys were happy because we finally were able to use the blade for our 165 gas Massey Ferguson tractor. 

I am currently tossing around the idea of starting a snail mail newsletter for KIDS! It would probably be 3 or 4 times a year and include the more fun/interesting things that happen here on Hostone Farm! I would love some feedback on this idea
Last night here the temperature bottomed out at -12 F. 

Last weekend was spent preparing, the basement was stocked with wood and we moved all the goats and the four remaining turkeys to the new barn. 

We also moved the boar back to be with the sow and piglets.  Not only for warmth, but also because we are looking to have another litter around the beginning of May.

Unfortunately, the weather took our youngest goat.  All of the other animals appeared to be fine. My guess is that we used a quarter to  half a cord of wood in the last about 18 hours.