Early today we took a drive up to Arlee to check out the progress of the new house. It's really coming along! Our home is going to be small, but very cute and very cozy. I have picked out floors, cabinets, colors, lights, faucets... doorknobs! Everything you wouldn't think has options does have options. I think the drywall goes up this week and the septic system too. That means it's basically just the fixtures and final touches after that. So fast!
Then, last minute, we decided to drive up to the National Bison Range in Moise. It was only the second time I'd been there since I have lived in Montana. It was quite a beautiful day up there. The animals put on quite a show for us too.
I wanted to bring the baby pronghorn antelope home with me.
When we got home we moved goats and sheep around to have dates with each other. Kallan is now wooing Nellie, Polly, Rosemary and Sadie.
Poor Luke is religated to the sheep pen so he doesn't accidentally breed with his mom.
The rest of the goats are all penned up together and will be going to slaughter in a month. This will be the first year we will have raised our own meat besides chicken. This is not entirely comfortable for me. If I hadn't gotten close to the babies it would be easier, but that isn't part of my ethic. I need to make sure they are happy and healthy; comfortable and not fearful in their daily lives. I can't do that with goats I don't know and who don't know me.
We are really against feedlot beef and factory pork and have been working toward raising our own meat and this is the year it happens. I don't think the animals we have will supply the entire year, but it is a start.