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Painted Hand Farm is a 20 acre Civil War era farm located in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania. We raise meat goats, veal calves, turkeys and organic vegetables using humane and sustainable agricultural practices.

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

More Babies & an Emma Update

A lovely set of twin does from Tinkerbell.

It's been a while since I posted an update on Emma's udder drama. Here she is all healed up and in production. So much for buying a Surge bucket with four inflations. I'm back to using the modified bucket for goat milking. As you can see, her entire front quarter, including the teat is gone--a true "three-titter". Due to mastitis, I dried off the hind quarter on the same side. Whether or not that quarter will milk again normally is anyone's guess. I won't find out until her next lactation. But for now, she's still pumping out approximately 30 pounds of rich Jersey milk each day from which we make butter, buttermilk, feed skim back to the veal calves (along with the buttermilk when we can't use it all) and drink for our own consumption.

This is the latest rendition of Ralph's "self-portrait" from the gleanings of things he finds in the dirt around the farm. The frost heave gives up more 'treasures' each year and finds a place for them somewhere in his whimsical expressions.

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