Thursday, April 24, 2008

Going Home!

I haven't posted for a while because I've been extremely busy. The software at work is moving full speed ahead to a launch on June 2nd. This means we are training users and testing/simulating processes at high speed. There have been a few bugs, so we are working through those, mostly in our businees processes.
The wonderful news is that I found a new job, it is not really new, but allows me to continue to do the software gig only move back to Indiana. They did not want to lose my expertise in this area until the other plant is up and running. So to keep me in the role, they agreed to relocate me back to the farm and allow me to travel as needed, on their dime, back to Wisconsin. This really benefits everyone, so it is a great solution.
So this started the mad dash to get things moved, I have to wait on the relocation company for the house stuff, but I started to look around for a horse transport. I found one who said if I move her tomorrow it is basically half price. He was in the area and with the super high cost of fuel I jumped on it. So today is moving day for my Annie. We are also going to Indiana to do some more work on the house, so today is a long day of travel.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

New Spring Beginning

At long last, I have a pure german litter out of SWF White Lightening and SWF Tornado(Tori). Lightening is the son of Suzanna, who was the 2006 IAGARB highest wool producer, even though her record has now been shattered, I'm still very proud of this doe. Although my biggest problem with her is she is very hard to get bred. I decided a long time ago that I wanted her wool production, but with the easy breeding and good mothering instincts of my old lines. Tori has all of the wonderful mothering and breeding characteristics and her IAGARB registration total, while not a record, was quite respectable at around 390 grams. This morning, right on time, she presented me with a nice litter of 5. She always has 4 or 5 and this is a wonderful size litter. The bunnies always get well fed and she stays in good condition.
Another baby update and just for Sara, some cute baby picture of the other litter out of Suzanna's other boy SWF Cumulo Nimbus and my tort doe Buck Creek's Sunny. The babies are out of the nest and although a large litter, they are all growing nicely. All black so it is hard to get good pictures, but the one above is cute. Sunny loves being a mommy and doesn't seem happy unless she has babies to take care of.
Enjoy, and happy spring!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Black Germans

Several folks have asked about my black germans. Two black germans does were imported from Germany in 2006 by Susan Wiley and Leslie Samson. I have a black german buck who is a grandson of one of those does. This picture and the one in my side bar are two from my first litter. Their mother is my SWF Tornado (Tori) who I registered with IAGARB when she was 10 mths old. Tori is what I'm breeding for. An excellent mother who takes every time I breed her. Excellent wool production, she produces just under 400 grams at every shearing, and she stays very clean between shearings even her bottom needs very little maintenance. Tori is now bred to Lightning whose picture is in my header. This will probably be Tori's last litter as she is now two and she is my biggest pet. I will be keeping her daughters from this litter. Lightning is the son of Samson's Suzanna, my 2006 record setting doe.

Sad to say I lost his brother this past weekend, not sure why, found him dead on Sat morning.

The other brother Nimbus has a litter with my tort doe, this will be what I use to bring a much better fawn into my herd in the future.

Well back to work, seems the real job keeps putting on more demands.