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Zink Berry Farm and Kiko Goats

RAISING BERRIES NATURES WAY

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berries

Posted on June 22, 2013 at 8:33 AM Comments comments (25)
Blueberries are available for picking. I thought it would be a few more days but my husband and son say they are ready now.  We also have some pre-picked available. We are asking that no small children enter the blueberry patch. Our prices are $3.00/ pound u pick and $5.00/pound pre picked.  If you have picking buckets just bring them to the house so we can weigh them first so we can deduct that weight from the total weight.  Our hours are M-Sat. 8-8 and Sunday 2-6.

Berry Update 6/18/13

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 1:54 PM Comments comments (26)
Blueberries are almost there.  Many are purple but not quite to the perfect dark purple.  I would guess by the end of the week the blueberries will be available for picking but still on a limited basis.  The raspberries are still slow but there is a patch here and there that is ripening.  My guess these are plants that survived being replaced.  The fall crop of raspberries I believe will be much more abundant.  The blackberries will once again be bountiful.  To all who have tried to call or email I apologize....I work 12 hours a day and sleep during the day.  Please just be patient with me and I will try to update the blog as the berries progress. Thanks. Jill Zink

berry update

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 3:13 PM Comments comments (31)
Blueberries and red raspberries are just now starting to ripen but few enough that we aren't open for picking yet.  Hopefully by next week will have enough for picking.  sorry to all I have been unable to answer phone and emails.  I am working 12 hours a day and sleep mornings.  Also cell phones are not to be used at work.  Hope to see you all soon.  we are going to put an open sign out when the berries are available plus I will try to update the blog. 

Goats going to the buck test

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 7:03 AM Comments comments (21)
We are taking 5 bucklings to Maryland for the buck test.  We are sending some that we think should do well.  Follow our post or the thread for the buck test and see how we do this year.  We are sending Big Red, Brutus, Dunnit, Makers Mark, and Live Wire.
 
 Big Red is out of Bocephus and JFV 8-53 who we call momma.  He was born a triplet, almost last out of the bucks and has out gained all but the first born.
 
 Brutus and Dunnit are out of Apollo and BWP 105 who we call snowball. 
 
Makers Mark is out of Thor and GHK Z19 who we call Frankie. 
 
Live Wire is out of Thor and ZBF Black Diamond. 
 
Thor was in the Oklahoma buck test and had an average FEC of 250. 
 
 Momma is the dam of Zorro and Thor who have always had great parasite resistance. 
 
Apollo has always shown great resistance and great ADG. 
 
 Snowball has always shown good resistance and her kids have also.  

Some of my favorite goat, deer, horse and calf pictures

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 12:06 PM Comments comments (167)
This jersy calf (Peanut) and buckling deer (Mr. Buttons) loved to play together. They would be fed a bottle at the same time and then we would leave Peanut out to play with Buttons until he would finally wonder off into the woods until time for a bottle.  He didn't always come back like Maggie mae and Lucky.  He would skip meals and just worry me to death.  I remember maggie coming to eat corn and she had brought her new baby with her.  Her baby wasn't about to get close though it was very shy.  Anyway Maggie would chase Buttons and was down right hateful to him.  I can remember sitting on the porch with her and as she started to go after Buttons I scolded her (just told her I thought she should be nice to him) and reminded her that he was just a baby like she had been last year.  I swear on a stack of bibles......she ended up adopting him and letting him nurse!!!!  It was the most amazing thing.  I know in my heart that God had a hand in that. Anyway this is one of my favorite pics of the two giving kisses.  My unusual friends picture!!  I actually have video on my phone of Maggie Mae and Lucky when they were yearlings cleaning Craigs eyes and licking his face.  Craig is our Great Pyranese dog who was a Mr. Mom to Maggie, Lucky,  and Buttons!!
2012 Blizzard
2012 Blizzard
We ended up with a foot of snow that day
2012 Blizzard
2012 Blizzard
Looking toward the pond
Eating suet
Eating suet
Blizzard December 2012
Holstein, Lazarus, Chief and Gunner
Holstein, Lazarus, Chief and Gunner
New baby girl
New baby girl
Named her Mary since she was born Dec. 23rd and the Christmas holiday was so near.
Bird house in the blizzard
Bird house in the blizzard
Lazarus and Chief
Lazarus and Chief
Lazarus and Chief playing
Lazarus and Chief playing
Lazarus is outside in the yard with a hoof injury but still feeling good enough to play with Chief.
Mr. Buttons
Mr. Buttons
This right before deer season started. Mr. Buttons would still come by for some corn and a visit. Our baby has sure grown!!
Craig after taking a nap on the bench had to stretch when he got up.
Craig after taking a nap on the bench had to stretch when he got up.
Holstein and Peanut our baby jersy calf
Holstein and Peanut our baby jersy calf
If you look real close Peanut has his eyes shut like he is anticipating this lesson to hurt. Holstein was like a Mr. mom to peanut though and was a big gentle giant.
Our girls in the late summer of 2012
Our girls in the late summer of 2012
We opened up the hay field that connects to the woods for them to browse. Another year another drought.

New goat kids

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 10:43 AM Comments comments (30)
Kidding has officially started.  Two of our does kidded on December 23, 2012 with each having twins.  Yolanda had a doeling and a buckling and Yvette had two bucklings.  These are Boki babies meaning they are 1/2 boer  ( dam side )and 1/2 kiko (sire side).  On January 11, 2013 one of the purebred kiko does we purchased at the kikofest had 2 bucklings.  They are purebred kikos whose sire was a 100% New Zealand buck.  One is tan and the other is chocolate and black.  Diamond, one of our does looks to be close to kidding as she is swollen in the behind and has a bag of milk ready for her new kids.  By February 7th we ought to be in full swing with most of the girls kidding by then or around that time.  It is always the most exciting time of the year.  It never ceases to amaze me how quick they go from wobbly legs to jumping and bouncing around.  I am always anxious to see what they all look like.  To my delight they are all adorable!!  I will be posting pics of our new kids this weekend.  I am also going to post some of the beautiful pics I took during our December blizzard.  Hope you all stay warm during this cold snap.  I think I am going to fix a nice pot of stew and start a fire!  Jill Zink

Deer and Goats

Posted on September 30, 2012 at 11:56 PM Comments comments (44)
Mr Buttons kissing flat stanley
Mr Buttons kissing flat stanley
Maggie Mae cleaning Buttons
Maggie Mae cleaning Buttons
Thanks to all who bought our babies this year.  We are breeding for February babies.  We sold 22 kids this year and even though I miss them I know they went to good homes.  We held back 6 babies to add to our herd.  They will be bred in September of 2013.  We bought 2 new does at the kikofest which should bring added color to our herd.  One is a boer cross doe who looks alot like our red hot lover buck.  Her name is paprika.  The other doe is a purebred tan doe named honey.  Thank you to the Days for our new additions.  Please pray for our Maggie Mae and Lucky and their babies to make it through another deer season.  Mr. buttons is so little I can't imagine anyone shooting him but hopefully they will all stay safe.  I can't imagine the fear they must experience for 4 months.  Jill Zink
 

Goats

Posted on June 9, 2012 at 2:07 AM Comments comments (27)
All of our bucklings are gone to Maryland to the buck test.  They are doing great and will hopefully continue to do so.  These bucklings will be sold after the buck test and so they will not be returning home.  We still have doelings for sale and also some mature does and mature and junior bucks for sale.  We will be a consigner in the kiko fest sale in Illinois and will be taking some of our top stock.  We appreciate the buyers we have had so far this year and as always are glad they are happy with their new goats.  All the DNA reports are back now and we will be getting everyone registered.  Thanks again to our buyers and we look forward to seeing some of the girls do well in the fairs this summer.  Jill Zink
 

Deer

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM Comments comments (26)
Dear Friends,
 
     Maggie and Lucky were grazing in the bottom pasture with the horses and steer!!  We moved the baby girl goats down there since we moved our fence and took them down there to browse.  They remembered us and we got caught up on deer kisses.  I think they both look pregnant and it looked like they are bedding in the pasture.  I am so thankful that they are doing so well.  They sure are shedding and look so grey.  Lucky finally got a longer nose but Maggies ears are still longer. 
     We have a problem with a fox getting our chickens.  We are down to 4 hens and 2 roosters.  It just makes me sick.  We saw the fox one day when we were coming up from the bottom pasture but haven't seen it since.  I know they have to eat too but I would rather feed them store bought meat as to loose our chickens.
     We sold Domino and it really hurt to see him go.  He is going to a good home which helps but he was one of my favorites.  I just get so attached to the critters that I'd keep them all if we could afford to or at least had the land to let them all have plenty of browse.  The big bucks have really made a dent in the area where they are and there is only 8 of them in probably 15 acres.  We don't feed them any grain or hay (hay in winter)when they have browse.  Where we moved them from is free of sprouts and low branches are bare of leaves. 
     I have gone back to work (the drought really hurt and we replaced berries) and I miss being here on a full time basis.  We haven't even got our garden planted yet.  I think we are going to do that tomorrow.    We mowed the big hay field and will be baling that in the next couple days.  I love the smell of fresh cut hay.  For me there is no better smell in the world.  Not even a delicious meal cooking when I'm hungry.  Hope you all have a blessed week.  Jill Zink

b erries and goats

Posted on May 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM Comments comments (145)
The blackberries are blooming and the red and black raspberries are growing.  The blueberries were full of blooms but got nipped by the frost.   We would apppreciate any donation of old bedsheets so we can make row covers for our blueberry bushes.  The raspberries will only have a fall crop this year since we replanted them last fall. 
     Maggie and Lucky have not been around for roughly 6 weeks now.  I hope and pray they are just hanging out with other deer and are safe. 
     We are getting ready to take 7 bucklings to the Maryland buck test.  They count all fecal egg counts unlike the Oklahoma buck test so it should be a more accurate representation of the goats actual parasite load and its ability to resist parasites.  They also inject the goats with barber pole worms so they will have a parasite load during the test.  We are hoping to have our boys do as well in this test as doc holiday, thor and tnt did at the Oklahoma
buck test.
     We look forward to seeing everyone again this summer. 

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