Monday, October 12, 2015

Rocky Hill Farm Goat Seminar!

It was a beautiful fall day for the first ever Rocky Hill Farm Goat Seminar.
 We talked goats for over 8 hours! And still didn't get it all in! 22 people for the seminar Saturday and I have 9 signed up for tomorrow. I picked a week day because so many have to work weekends. I am pleased with the first turn out. Even though I said I could accommodate 50 people.. It would have not been as productive and I am thinking no more than 25 at a time in the future. We covered everything from Basic Management to Parasites to Herbal as well as Mineral & Vitamin Deficiencies that affect goats the most.   

Ready to go!
 Lacy claiming the higher ground...

Some of my helpers.. Mercy and Kate.

Things I use and some of the demonstrations...

Cheezit laying down on the job.....

And his idea of Helping.. 

ST to sleepy to deal with it.. no milk yet?... Not moving...

Goats checking out the setup.. 

May is in need of coffee.... 
Look close you can see her tongue where she is licking the bottom of the cup... 

Mercy... Come a little closer.. I just need a sip...

Sunshine.. a little Suspicious..
But she is boss and she is not sure about all the Hoopla... 

Full house... :)

Goats *Ahem* Patiently waiting....

Getting started... 

Laying down on the job... 

Trimming hooves.. I made May bleed... So we got a lesson on effective blood stop
Flour and Cayenne powder works every time!

Riley all wore out... Getting attention is a tough job..

After Lunch Certified Dairy Farm in Missouri with Lesley Million From Terrell Creek Farm.
 Some GREAT info if anyone was considering going in that direction with their goats.
They have awesome cheese!

Ivy listening with me...... Or trying to see if I have anything for her.. 

Della working hard... 

Some more of the help...

Gracie the goat is saying.. Umm someone's rat is loose..
 Animal control?? Please remove it.. NOW(note the raised hair)

Discussing something.. I got to do something I REALLY like.. Talk goats.. 
 Someone mentioned they were concerned about May's stress level here..
Yep.. it is just really out of control.. 

Mercy worked hard today... 

The distractions going on behind me while I was talking.. 
But such a cute one.. and he loves his goats.. and dogs.. cats.. chickens..
We have a farmer in the making folks! 
3rd generation started already..

Talkin' worms.... 

Sortin' poo... 
I know to much fun for some people!

Questions.. Always a good thing to ask..
Only dumb question is the one not asked...

 So what do we see.... 

Riley.. gave it up... She had been passed around all day and Loved it.

Jackson and I ending the day discussing the good and bad.
I have had a lot of good feedback.. 
Plans in the works for future seminars.  
 We had some great giveaways I think..
  Back Forty Soap Co sent 3 bars of soap and 2 bottles of lotion to give away.. It was so great that after it sitting in my office for a couple of days I turned around and ordered some. Great soap and lotion! I bought coconut goat's milk lotion.. Smells like summer to me! and absorbs well! 
 Valley Vet also sent things to give away. A couple of boot bags that had our farm name and seminar date on it, as well as goat T-shirts and a stack of catalogs to hand out. 
Granny's Best Donated a couple bags of her herbal wormer and lotion as well to give away! You can find her products on Amazon.com
I made some of my salve and cayenne tincture as well for part of the giveaways. Then I also had a couple of 3lb bags of Wicks Hi-Copper Goat mineral to give away. Amazing stuff and not salt based. It also has chelated minerals that are better absorbed by the body. My goats eat it up! The results I have seen with this mineral are very much worth the price. A little goes a long way.
 I am overall pleased with the way the seminar went.. There are a few things that I forgot to mention.. Didn't get to talk about record keeping.. I had 45 pages of info in the packet.. Info I have collected over the years. List of links and pictures of all kinds of things. It was definitely a learning experience.
 My family was pretty amazing about helping out.. I would have been in Way over my head if not for them. Set up was mostly Me, Kyla and Kara. Kyla took all the pictures for me. My mom came out and helped chop food for the soups. A sweet  friend made bread for me. My Son-in-law Cameron built the tables I needed. Kyle was my encourager, taking care of odds and ends for me as well as just being my steady support. Candice served lunch and cleaned up. Helped her sisters and I in the barn some as well. Made sure we had coffee, tea and snacks available. My Mother-in-law helped keep Jackson occupied while his momma was busy as well. Jackson helped too..  The animals all behaved for the most part.. The goats gave their iffy stamp of approval.
  My girls were amazing about answering questions when I was busy with other people. I overheard them talking a few times and I am sometimes just in awe of the information they have absorbed over the years by being with me handling the animals and just going along with our everyday life. Things I don't remember directly teaching them but just proves they learn by watching as well as by books and formal learning. The best aspect of homeschooling to me. 
 I am also thankful for all the support from friends that made me think about doing this.. I have been asked several times over the last few years but never had the room.. We are thankful for the new place where it is very much a reality now! Looking forward to the seminar tomorrow.. not as big of a crowd but more goat talk. :)
 Looking forward to future happenings.. 

 
 

5 comments:

Carol said...

Sounds like it all went well :) Your new space is amazing :) Can't wait to see and hear about all that's going on over there. Jackson is just the cutest ♥

matty said...

Oh, Tonia! What a great workshop and a terrific space! I am in awe! You are right in your element and I am so proud of you for stepping out and following your bliss! How I wish I were closer! I would have been on the front row! Congratulations on your success!

Tonia said...

Thank you so much Ladies! I was afraid I would be nervous.. but surprisingly I wasn't to much. It helps when everyone Wants to learn! And it was 23 that were there not 22.. :D

Anonymous said...

That is just so amazing!!! So many years I have been following you and I am so happy where you are and how hard you have worked to get there, and how you have always had faith. Love you bunches, girl!

Tree

small farm girl said...

Sounds like a very nice time!!!! I've always thought about doing seminars of some sort. I'm glad you went ahead and took the leap! Good job! I bet it was a very informative day.