The horse mint in the front pasture had grown to about an inch or two higher than the grass, and was leafing out enough to shade the grass under it. Since only Jared-goat seems to actually *eat* mint, the time had come. Achaosofkittens brought out the tractor, set the blade high enough to take off the tops of the mint and most of the clover flowers, detached the bagger so that it would spew the cuttings back out (recycle the nutrients directly) and did the Indy500, tractor-style, all over the front pasture. The girl goats were a little perturbed at having the tractor doing laps while they were trying to have an afternoon snack, but not horribly so. And now the front pasture is all minty fresh smelling!
I need to get out into the back pastures and pick up all of the fallen tree limbs so that we can do the same mowing job back there.
For people who would ask: The reason that the mint is so prevalent now is that it is the least attractive food type for the goats. That which does not get grazed, grows best. So we have to intervene to keep it whacked back, or it will out-compete the pasture grasses that we want to encourage.
The new empire requires goats! and llamas! (and a new barn roof)
We took a walk over to the new property, to look at where and how we might want to put in more fences for both grazing and just summer shade. The easiest section would be a 45-by-70 yard rectangle that expands the back pastures across the property line. It would include a large section of tangle and deadfall, that would eventually need cleaning up. The best plan would be to get the fences up sometime this next month, shear the goats (so they can't get tangled/caught by brambles), and let the boys go to town on the briars. Of course, given my tendencies for... organization?... I want four gates for one pasture fence. I want to be able to airlock the goats and drive the tractor any direction from either side of the back barn. And we have to be polite to the NOVEC power crews when they come to service the lines along the right-of-way.
The barn roof is leaking. This is not new news, but it is a cause for concern, because a leaking roof will lead to more damage if it is not resolved reasonably quickly. CK is planning on getting professional estimates on it because of the height and slope. It's not the skill level involved, but the altitude that makes me nervous about him getting up there. He and his dad did a fine job on the blacksmith roof, but that was much shallower a slope, and was only one story off the ground. This is a regular house-slanted angle, and is two stories on one side and a three-story drop on the other, which is a bit much for my nerves to accept.