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Zink Berry Farm and Kiko Goats

RAISING BERRIES NATURES WAY

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new babies

Posted on February 6, 2012 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (44)
The new kids are sure bouncing around and growing like weeds.  We put a stack of skids in an area that they can get to and jump on.  The bigger they get the more it looks like we have.  They already love attention and want you to pet them and play.  We are trying to get the DNA done on everyone so they will be DNA genotyped and parentage verified.  All the does are being good mothers and even the 2 sets of triplets seem to be getting satisfied.  Tomorrow we are going to weigh them again to check their average daily gain.  It will be interesting to see how the triplets compare to the singles and twins.  We have already had to adjust their chains (we use the plastic chain) and will probably have to adjust them again tomorrow.  We are only having trouble with one doe not wanting to let her kids suckle both tits.  She seems to be getting better but we are actually having to milk out the one tit a little so she doesn't run into trouble.  Hopefully by doing this the soreness will be relieved and she will stop stomping when the kids try to nurse that side.
 

2012 kid crop/Maggie and Lucky

Posted on January 30, 2012 at 11:31 PM Comments comments (56)
We are done kidding at least until March (we had one doe get bred late and isn't due until March 2nd).  We have a total of 30 kids with the average for 15 does being twins.  We had 2 does have singles nad 2 does have triplets.  All are healthy and happy.  Frankie struggled to give birth to her doeling who weighed 11.2 pounds.  I felt it was her sholders that were hard to pass but once she was out I think it might have been her ears!!  LOL  We were blessed with lots of colorful kids who immediately after birth nursed and then proceeded to run up and down the isles and visit with other kids.  I am always amazed at how they can get up within seconds and by a few hours later be running around everywhere.  It is nice to finally get some sleep again.....it is impossible when you know they are ready to kid.  Many friends have been out to view the new kids and to laugh at their antics.  Jill Zink
 
For all who have followed the deer since last summer......they still come around and eat corn off the front porch.  They don't come everyday but I am always relieved when they show up to eat.  I still get my deer kisses when they show up.  I believe they are running with a small herd here in the area.  When I spot them I always roll down the window of the truck and call their names and tell them to be careful.  We have had young deer hit in the road at the bottom of the hill.....I always stop to check if it is them.  I hope when they get pregnant they still come and visit and hopefully bring their kids as they grow.  It may just be a wish but I hope to always be a part of their lives.

Festival

Posted on September 6, 2011 at 1:12 PM Comments comments (24)
I want to thank the vendors that showed up and helped make our 1st annual festival a success.
Cedar Creek Winery, Krafty kitty Knit Stitch & Crochet, Freya's Kitchen & Krafts, Usborne Books & More, Scentsy  Candles, William Messer with his artwork, Country Market, and  the folks that had the booth to benefit MS. To show our appreciation, your booth spaces at our festivals will always be free.   I also want to thank the volunteers that were here to help Tina Williams helped all week prior to the festival besides the day of the festival.  Alex Fisher and Tyler Weltich were wonderful help with parking and helping to set up the morning of the festival and both boys have been a big help to us over the last couple years. My youngest son, Daryl Short, and his wife Amber were a tremendous help all year as far as helping us with the berries and the festival. I also want to thank the folks who came to check out the festival and we hope that you will come back each year and watch us grow with more to look at and fun activities to participate in as a family.  The horse Lazarus finally pooped on # 51 for all of those in the cow pie bingo.  Anyone who has comments or suggestions for next year is welcome to leave comments on our blog or facebook page.  ALL comments are appreciated.....we want to know what we can do to improve, and  anything that you would like to see here at the festival or anything we need to change to be better next time.  I do know we needed to get the food prepared earlier and I do apologize for that.... I will make sure that isn't the case next year.  I learned alot from this year.  There will be better signage next year along with advertising much more in advance.  I would like suggestions on the time of year we are considering the middle to end of June for our next event.  I felt that Labor Day weekend may not have been the best choice.  I would love to have a car show here, lumberjack show on the pond,  a civil war reinactment, and a live band.  We are in the planning stage for our next festival already so any input would be helpful.  Thank you all again and see you next year!!!! 

Festival

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (31)
I hope all of you are getting as excited as we are about the festival.  We are trying to get signs made so people are able to find us easily and also that more people are aware of the event!!  We have been busy printing up fliers and will be getting them out to other businesses in hopes that people will want to attend this very exciting event!!  We have many other small businesses that are joining us that make homemade crafts, and many interesting things.  There will absolutely be something here for everyone to look at and do.  The games are for All ages and will provide lots of laughs and a good time for all.  We hope you and your family and friends will help us make this a great day by coming and having some fun with us as we wrap up this season.  See you September 3rd!!!!!!!!!!!!  Jill Zink
 

Event Update

Posted on August 16, 2011 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (169)
Well we are getting set for the festival and we are going to have some merchants joining us.  Cedar Creek Winery will be offering wine for sale, Country Market will have mums for sale, Adys Fabrics will be bringing items to sell and there are more that will probably be here to kick off the festival.  Hope to see you all!!!!!!!!!  Jill

Berry Update

Posted on August 14, 2011 at 9:52 PM Comments comments (113)
Sunday 8-14-2011
 
I want to thank all of our visitors for coming this year and we have enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends.  I believe that our berry season has come to an end early again this year.  I think next year we need to consider rain barrels and store up for these times when we need rain so desperately.  Our blackberries are drying up and dying and the raspberries are at a complete standstill.  The mid and late varieties of blueberries did not produce except for one bush.... it had all of 2 berries.  We hope you will all come join us for some fun and games on September 3rd although there won't be a berry stomp.  I was looking forward to seeing a bunch of purple feet too!!!  And just think next year we could have all tasted some "Toe Jam Blackberry Wine"!!!!!!!!!!!  Jeff next door is having a grand opening that weekend also so there will be a great opportunity to do some horseback riding.  I am going to contact some of the businesses in town to see if they want to come out and set up and show off their wares so we will have a flea market flair at the festival.  If anyone has homemade crafts and would like to set up that would be ok.  This year there is no charge for space and no electric is available.  Please call if you would like to set up a display.  Only family friendly items may be displayed.  Thank you all again and if we don't see you at the festival then we hope to see you next June.   Jill Zink
    Oh I also wanted to send out a message to Road Runners former family.....he now has 5 hens that think he's the man!!!!  He gets along well with the other roosters too..I don't know why but they don't even fight or fuss.  He still likes to be close and will let you pet him but since he has grown up he really doesn't want to be held.  Thanks again for giving him to us.. I enjoy his company.  Jill

Berry Festival Update

Posted on August 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (20)
Our berry festival will be September 3rd, 2011 from 9am-6pm.  See our events page for the times of each event.  I am not sure we will be able to do the goat milking demo since I am not sure that our goats milk will last that long.  Other than that we should be good to go since we will start stocking up on the berries for the berry stomp.  I am sorry it took so long to post a date and that we were unable to host the event on the original date of August 13th, 2011.  I was afraid to have it then since the hay field was so dry (damage to hay and fire hazard).  I hope you will all mark this new date on your calendars and plan to attend.  I think it will be a fun filled day for your families and ours.  Our first event is the goat trimming demo at 9am so come early and join us for a full day of fun.  We will give  away prizes to the sack race winners in each age group and also to the pie eating contest winner.  The cow pie bingo winner will win 1/2 the pot of the total squares purchased and the other 1/2 will cover the cost of our awards, supplies, and cost of restroom facilities.  Please tell your friends and we look forward to seeing you on September 3rd!!!!!!!!!!!!  Jill Zink
 

Berry Update

Posted on July 31, 2011 at 12:56 AM Comments comments (30)
 
Blackberries are still plentiful.  We had an issue with ground bees and burnt out their nest tonight.  Hopefully there aren't any more in the berry patch but we are going to try and weedeat through the blackberries and that will surely stir up any in that area.  We were thankful for the shower we got but I know we could still use more rain.  I don't believe it was enough to help the blueberries set fruit but miracles do happen.  The raspberries are taking their sweet time ripening for the fall fruit set but the good thing is that they will produce another crop.  Maggie Mae and Lucky came to the house around 3:30 this afternoon and hung out until around 6:15 this evening.  They ate some corn and hay then just lay in the shaded area of the front yard until it was bottle time.  I have decided that during hunting season I want to get a paint stick like they use at sale barns and write PET on their sides.  Hopefully hunters in the area will respect the fact that they are bottle babies and not take aim.  I just hope they will take refuge on our property during that time and remain safe.  I would like to find a good home or homes for some of our goat whethers so if any of you hear of anyone desiring a goat pet for brush clearing or companionship I would appreciate it if you would mention our babies.  They range in age from 2 years old to 7 months old and are all very loving and gentle.  They need a place that they can browse for food (they prefer a wooded area with brush) , have shelter from the hot sun, rain, and cold winters, and fresh clean water to drink. We are also going to be selling some bucklings that will be ready to breed in the late fall.  They are also very people friendly and enjoy being loved on.  Also if anyone knows of someone that would like to find a home for a hen turkey or two I think Peep Peep would calm down and not be so protective of me if he had a real girlfriend.  Warrior our New Zealand buck seems to be walking better.  He is by no means back to normal but with each passing day I at least am not thinking about having to have him put down.  I am thankful for that since he is such a beautiful buck and throws awesome babies.  We got another set of results back from the buck test in Oklahoma yesterday and our boys are doing good.  Two of them (Momma & Warriors ) are gaining weight and showing excellent parasite resistance.  Samantha & Zorros buckling is still superior in parasite resistance (has had no parasite eggs in his feces to date) but actually lost a pound in the 17 days.  I am not sure why since the other two gained, one 4lbs. and the other 8 lbs. but hopefully he will get use to their forage and heat and catch up.  Gunner the new horse has really caught on to the idea of shadowing my steps.  I plan on working with him on side passing and then teaching him to dance the electric slide with me.  He honestly seems to enjoy the attention and is very in tune to my game of shadowing.  I think with lots of love and patience he will enjoy learning as much as I will enjoy working with him.  I want to get him to do it with music so he can get to feel the beat. LOL   We are very happy to have him as a new addition to our family and I want to expose him to many different disceplines and see which ones he enjoys the most.  I believe that  he will be a wonderful all around horse.  I am hoping to compete with him in the extreme cowboy trail challenge next year which is where you race your horse through obstacles.  He seems to be unafraid of things that most horses find spooky.  Hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend.  Jill Zink 

Berry Update Tuesday 7-26-11

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 9:29 AM Comments comments (22)
The blackberries are here and the raspberries are still developing and trying to ripen.  Everything needs rain!!!!!!   Maggie Mae and Lucky are getting muscle tone now and really looking good.  Gunner did excellent at the horse clinic.....no buck, no bad attitude!!!!!!!!!!  Lazarus got a tune up but just seems to have a lazy streak.  Lazarus would rather walk than run and rather eat than walk!!  LOL  

berry update

Posted on July 20, 2011 at 4:08 PM Comments comments (18)
Blackberries could use a couple more days to be fully ripened.  Raspberries are still developing next fruit.  Still no luck with the mid season blueberries.  Jill Zink

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