Friday, December 31, 2010

Crazy Goat Lady

You've Got a Friend In Me!
This is my last word for 2010

Is it possible to be friends with someone you have not met personally? Can you start a friendship without actually shaking someone's hand? Well, I say yes you can and I am telling you that I have. For almost a year now, I have been reading stories, comments and posts written by Christine Maentz the "Crazy Goat Lady".  She is the modern day Saint to animals, and I do mean all animals. I have exchanged emails with Christine about goats, chickens, miniature donkeys and ducks. You have to love a lady like that!

There are many reasons why she has been dubbed the "Crazy Goat Lady". One instance; when she first started raising goats, she set up a little farm and small house and drove a 1998 Silver Jaguar.  Christine would pull up at the feed store and have them load the back seat and trunk with feed and hay....the feed store workers thought she had lost her mind!  They even refused the first time - she had to argue with them that it was okay. She said, "that's what vacuum cleaners are for and it's only a car." Christine places the welfare of animals above all, even her own personal time. She answers emails and phone calls from animal owners who need advice all over the United States (including me in Alaska) . Christine's neighbors always knew that there was something a little different about her, they just could not really put their finger on it until the day she backed her trailer in and unloaded Boris; Boris the camel. Folks drove by and looked. They stopped and turned around to look again. Sure enough, it's a camel and the lady must be crazy. Crazy or not, the "Crazy Goat Lady" has a friend in me

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

How To Build a Goat Milking Stand

You can't really enjoy milking your goat without a milking stand. I know, for hundreds and thousands of years, man and woman milked goats without a stand but you can bet they were coaxing the goat up on a rock bluff or on a mound to get as close to those teats as possible in a comfortable way. Your milk stand does not have to be fancy, it simply needs to get the job done. The stand on the left has a platform made from a used bench seat purchased at a yard sale for $5. The platform on the right is made from home cut lumber made from timber right on the farm. More important is the top portion of the milk bench, the part that locks
the goat's head in while leaving plenty of room for the neck to move comfortably. One of the upright slats is stationary while the other is hinged at the bottom to allow for an open and closed position. Without question,
the most critical component of your milking bench is the feed tray. After just a few visits to the stand, your goat will jump right up and position herself for milking if you always provide her favorite grain in the feed tray. Click here for detailed plans to build your own.

Other ideas you may enjoy:
How To Build a Hanging Hay Feeder 
 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Kid's Day At The Red Fence Farm

Ponies Featured
Red Fence Farm Kid's Day
One of the best parts of owning a small farm is having kids come  and experience the simple joy of holding a newborn puppy, gathering eggs from the hen house, hugging a baby goat or riding a pony for the very first time. Today the ponies were the featured farm animals. Sancho, Mocha, Carmel and Tinkerbell happily did their job of giving rides to lots of kids.  The temperature was right around 10 above, not too bad for a late December day in Palmer, Alaska. Thanks to Lindsay, Phoebe and Sam for making all of this fun possible.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Henry Milker Shipping

Priority Mail Gets You What You Need            

All Henry Milkers are delivered in 3 to 5 days by the USPS priority mail!   While the hustle and bustle of the holidays keeps us busy and distracted, hopefully everything is calming down as the first segment of this season passes.  Garfunkle, the Kitty, certainly decided it was time to take a well deserved break from the fray!  It's easy to overlook the needs of our pets when we are fully engulfed in holiday  business.  Don't forget they truly are our first priority any day and any season!  By the way, Garfunkle napped for an hour or so in his little nest before he went happily on his way.  He was not shipped so don't expect the unexpected with your next Henry Milker order.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

President Obama and the Henry Milker

Does He Actually Milk Goats?
No, that is not what our President of the United States has in common with the Henry Milker. As you must be aware, our president is getting a well deserved break in Hawaii. (CBS/AP)  President Barack Obama eased into the first day of his Hawaiian vacation Thursday, opting for privacy over publicity.
The photo on the right features Mr. Ben Mercer,  Red Fence Farm business associate, proudly sporting the "Henry Milker" hat  while hanging out near   the president's vacation spot that is visible in the background (white tent area).

Which Animals Were There ?

Was there a goat present when baby Jesus was born?
Sheep, Ducks and maybe Seagulls

Cow, Goat, Donkey and Sheep
What do you think?  
There were no photos taken, no movies shot. There is much conjecture and speculation about what animals were actually there on December 25.
Camel, Rooster, Pigeon, Cow, Donkey
Cow and Horned Beast


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Proud Father of Seven

Puppies of the Lunar Eclipse

It is really hard being the father of seven; it all happened on the same day. Dakota, the boss of all of the animals on the Red Fence Farm fathered 4 boys and 3 girls on December 20,  the day of the Winter Solstice, also the day the moon experienced a total eclipse. The anticipation, the waiting, the worrying. It was stressfull on Dakota.

On the other hand, some might say, Dakota had it easy and the focus and attention should be on Bella the "Wonder Dog". Bella may be the best mother in history. She is sweet, tough and raises about the best puppies in Alaska. You can tell from the photo that she has the Phyllis Diller look but what do you expect, she just delivered seven healthy babies.

This is a photo of 2-day old "bruiser". He is pretty, cute, well groomed, pink, big eared and always the first to the teat. We think he will really be a player once he gets his eye-sight. This is what the Henry Family does when not working our regular jobs, raising goats, horses, chickens, ducks or building Henry Milkers.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Where Is It Made - The Henry Milker

The Henry Milker Factory

Where is the Henry Milker made? This is the most common question I get from customers. At the very beginning, the Henry Milker was totally manufactured in a small corner of my garage in Palmer, Alaska.  Well, we are still building the milker in this very same garage but now the milker production line has taken over most of this spot on the Red Fence Farm. 
John and David, each outstanding students at Chugiak High School (Go Mustangs), are responsible for all of the parts and pieces coming together. Each Henry Milker is built and shipped using more than 33 different components. This is the team of technicians that help make it all come together for a complete milker ready for you to use.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Annual Goat Dropping Contest

How High Can You Go?
This is one of the action photos from the annual Goat Dropping Contest in Podunk. The object of the contest is to drop your goat, preferably a dwarf or otherwise lightweight goat, from a height minus the altitude of the catcher. The higher the catcher climbs the greater the "bonus points". This photo, showing the Darrel and Darrel team was not the winning team. Darrel the goat, was dropped from a record winning height but the catcher, Darrel, was unable to catch his goat Darrel. The final score for this team for the tournament was a zero. Both Darrels have retired and returned to life on the farm. (no animal, catcher guy or crane operator were harmed in this hypothetical contest)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

How Many Horses Does One Family Need?

Lindsay with Al Ahmar
Equestrian Quiz
1. How many horses does one family need?
    A. One (if you are really smart)
    B. Two (if you have little sense)
    C. Three (if you are really crazy)
    D. Six (if you your last name is Henry)

We Have Six Again, 
Horses That Is ! 

Al Ahmar  is the newest addition to the Henry family. We have been watching this beautiful 9 year old for some time and jumped when we had the opportunity to bring him on as the newest part of our menagerie. Al Ahmar has been cared for and nurtured by Karol Kolehmainen and her family (you can get no better care as a horse.) We  are simply and absolutely addicted to spending time with our 7 goats, 6 horses, 5 dogs, 4 cats, 3 ferrets, 2 cocktails and 1 duck. You no longer have to wonder about the whereabouts of the meager profits from the sale of the Henry Milker.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Henry Milker in Mundubbera, Queensland

Goats being milked with the Henry Milker in Queensland

 Glenys and Mel of  Cartref Goat Industries in Mundubbera, Queensland are using the Henry Milker on some pretty large goats and they love it. I was excited to get the Henry milker working on a goat farm about 10,527 kilometers (6,542 miles) from the Henry Milker factory in Palmer, Alaska but I was most happy about finding new friends in such a beautiful part of the world. Please visit their website and look at their GREAT goats.
With just a little research I found that Mundubbera is an aboriginal name for 'Meeting of the Waters' and is recognized as the citrus capital of Queensland.  Mundubbera also has a unique industry, an insectary! 'Bugs for Bugs' produce beneficial predatory bugs for crops and agriculture cutting down the need for chemical sprays.