Writing a post on “A regular day on our homestead” proved to be more of a challenge than I had anticipated. That is because we have chores we do every day (the donkey work) and chores that we do every other day or only have to do once a week or once a month etc. Therefore not one day is the same. But this is more or less what we do on a daily basis.
Time to get up
Our day starts at 5:30 in the morning with coffee and biscuits. After that, we work according to a routine and not a time schedule.
We start with feeding the chickens. Our chickens are free-rangers and we only close their pen at night to protect them from predators. We regularly check for eggs during the day.
Time to milk the goats
At 7 o’clock we milk the goats. We measure out and mix each ewe’s feed separately. While we milk the ewes, we also measure each ewe’s temperature. We do this every morning with all our goats. The reason for this is that we stay in a hartwater area. In the beginning, we lost quite a few goats due to hartwater.
We capture all the temperatures and milk production of each ewe on a spreadsheet. To measure is to know.
We treat the goats with high temperatures, and also check for ticks. If there are ticks we dip the goats.
Then it is time to clean the milking stall. Everything is washed and put away.
The goats are very picky about their water. If they find any foreign object in it, they will refuse to drink it. In turn, this will have a negative impact on their milk production. Therefore we clean their water bins daily.
Cleaning the loafing shed
When we are sure all the goats are healthy and happy, it is time to clean the loafing shed. We do this only once a week as the goats are free to come and go as they please and they spend more time in the grazing field than in the loafing shed. All the goat manure goes to the compost heap.
Time for breakfast and house chores
Then it is time for breakfast. (We do not like to eat early in the morning as nobody in our household is hungry that early.)
After eating breakfast, it is time for the house chores. This includes everything from sweeping the floors, making the beds, doing the laundry, washing the dishes and preparing lunch.
A regular day on our homestead making goat milk soap!
Finally, after most of the donkey work is finished, it is time to make soap! This is probably my favorite time of the day! Feel free to take a look at our goat milk soap website.
Part of a regular day on our homestead is moving the goats to a new paddock. We make use of rotational grazing methods. My husband has worked out a temporary electric fence system that is easy to move around. We are aiming at ultra-high density strip grazing but it is a learning experience for us. In the beginning, we let the goats graze for too long on their paddocks. It is only recently that we have managed to move them to new paddocks daily. Of course, this requires careful planning and lots of bobbins and droppers!
Then it is time to milk the goats again. This is usually around 5 o’clock in the afternoon.
Working in the garden
We prefer working in the vegetable garden after 5 o’clock in the afternoon when it is cooler. Luckily we only have a small vegetable garden that is sufficient for our needs.
At the end of a regular day on our homestead, we will all have coffee together in the garden as a family and just relax.
Is everything always in place and perfect on our homestead? Definitely not.
Do we sometimes feel overworked and overwhelmed by everything we need to do? Many times!
Would we exchange what we are doing for something else? Never!