http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com Sun, 14 Jul 2019 23:11:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/cropped-logo-square1-32x32.jpg http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com 32 32 2019 Goats for Sale http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/2019-goats-for-sale/ Sat, 25 May 2019 22:39:17 +0000 http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/?p=10625 All the kids have been dam raised. They are already great foragers. They also receive lots of human interaction and are learning to trust us. All bucks this year will be banded at 8 weeks and sold as wethers. Goats are herd animals and should have other goats or companion animals to live with. Please do your research and learn about raising goats prior to

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Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goats For Sale | Oregon

All the kids have been dam raised. They are already great foragers. They also receive lots of human interaction and are learning to trust us.

All bucks this year will be banded at 8 weeks and sold as wethers.

Goats are herd animals and should have other goats or companion animals to live with. Please do your research and learn about raising goats prior to purchasing.

Wethers are sold for $125 each or $100 if purchased with another goat from our farm. All other goats have a 10% discount if more than one is purchased.

The kids are bred from registered Nigerian Dwarf Goats. The does can be registered, at an extra cost, if desired by the purchaser.

[ 2019 KIDS ]

CG1
Wether

Elfin Acres F Tamarack  X  The BB Miss Georgia O’Keefe

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goats For Sale | Oregon

DOB: 4/27/2019
Horn Status: Disbuddded
Availability: June 22nd
SOLD

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CG2
Wether

Elfin Acres F Tamarack  X  The BB Miss Georgia O’Keefe

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goats For Sale | Oregon

DOB: 4/27/2019
Horn Status: Disbuddded
Availability: June 22nd
SOLD

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CW1
Wether

Elfin Acres F Tamarack  X  KK Snowd’N Edith

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goats For Sale | Oregon

DOB: 4/29/2019
Horn Status: Disbuddded
Availability: June 24th
$125

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CW2
Wether

Elfin Acres F Tamarack  X  KK Snowd’N Edith

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goats For Sale | Oregon

DOB: 4/29/2019
Horn Status: Polled
Availability: June 24th
SOLD

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CW3
Doe

Elfin Acres F Tamarack  X  KK Snowd’N Edith

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goats For Sale | Oregon

DOB: 4/29/2019
Horn Status: Polled
Availability: June 24th
$325

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CWS1
Wether

Elfin Acres F Tamarack  X  Plentywater WyldeStyle

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goats For Sale | Oregon

DOB: 5/10/2019
Horn Status: Disbudded
Availability: July 5th
SOLD

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CWS2
Doe

Elfin Acres F Tamarack  X  Plentywater WyldeStyle

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goats For Sale | Oregon

DOB: 5/10/2019
Horn Status: Disbudded
Availability: July 5th
$300

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CB1
Doe

Plentywater Wingman  X  Diji Farm Meredith

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goats For Sale | Oregon

DOB: 5/13/2019
Horn Status: Disbudded
Availability: July 8th
$300

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CB2
Wether

Plentywater Wingman  X  Diji Farm Meredith

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goats For Sale | Oregon

DOB: 5/13/2019
Horn Status: Polled
Availability: July 8th
$125

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CB3
Doe

Plentywater Wingman  X  Diji Farm Meredith

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goats For Sale | Oregon

DOB: 5/13/2019
Horn Status: Polled
Availability: July 8th
$325

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[ YEARLINGS ]

Wander
Registered Buck

Elfin Acres F Tamarack  X  KK Snowd’N Edith

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Registered Buck | Nigerian Dwarf Goats For Sale | Oregon

DOB: 3/5/2018
Horn Status: Polled
Availability: ready now
Registered Name: Plentywater Wanderlust
Sold as an intact male
$350

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Betty
Registered Doe

Elfin Acres F Tamarack  X  The BB Miss Georgia O’Keefe

DOB: 3/2/2018
Horn Status: Scurs
Availability: ready now
Registered Name: Plentywater Wild Betty
$300

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Frankie
Wether

Elfin Acres F Tamarack  X  Diji Farm Meredith

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goats For Sale | Oregon

DOB: 2/25/2018
Horn Status: Horns
Availability: ready now
$125

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2019 Bunny & Wingman Breeding http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/2019-bunny-wingman-breeding/ Tue, 21 May 2019 00:03:07 +0000 http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/?p=10582 This is our second breeding season with Bunny. Although she has never had any real problems, pregnancy and delivery seem just a bit more uncomfortable for her than it does for Willow and her daughters. Wingman was one of the kids from the first litter born on our farm. When he was born he had the coolest fawn colored hair spattered with roaning. It has

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Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goat Breeding | Bunny and Wingman

This is our second breeding season with Bunny. Although she has never had any real problems, pregnancy and delivery seem just a bit more uncomfortable for her than it does for Willow and her daughters.

Wingman was one of the kids from the first litter born on our farm. When he was born he had the coolest fawn colored hair spattered with roaning. It has lightened up significantly as he has aged. Wingman’s sire is Crash. He had a combination pattern of Swiss marked and medium to light buckskin. Wingman’s dam is Willow, who is a solid cream color.

Bunny’s sire is medium gold with darker moon spots. Her dam has a buckskin and Sundgau combination pattern. Bunny is a cream color that has a bit of a gold tinge to it, with roaning.

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goat Breeding | Bunny and Wingman

Bunny had triplets! This was quite a shock since she had a single buck last year.

She had 2 does and one buck this year. Two are polled; one is not. Two are very light in color. One is the opposite – red brown & black with a smattering of white.

EUMELANIN COLOR

ColorWingmanBunnyCB1CB2CB3
Dark Brown
Black ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Unknown

PHEOMENANIN COLOR

ColorWingmanBunnyCB1CB2CB3
White ✔
Cream ✔ ✔ ✔
Tan
Gold ✔
Red Brown ✔

AGOUTI LOCUS PATTERN

PatternWingmanBunnyCB1CB2CB3
Solid ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Chamoisee
Buckskin ✔
Cou Clair/Blanc
Swiss Marked
Sundgau
No Pattern

WHITE SPOTTING & MODIFIERS

CharacteristicWingmanBunnyCB1CB2CB3
Random ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Belted
Schwartzal
Roaning ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Frosting ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
White Poll ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Moon Spots

POLLED, OR NOT

CharacteristicWingmanBunnyCB1CB2CB3
Polled ✔ ✔ ✔
Horned ✔ ✔

Science is Fun & Genetics are Fascinating!

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2019 WyldeStyle & Tam Breeding http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/2019-wyldestyle-tam-breeding/ Mon, 20 May 2019 23:06:36 +0000 http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/?p=10579 WyldeStyle was one of the first goat kids born on our farm so I have an extra soft spot for her. This was her first time being bred. The pregnancy went smoothly and she delivered two healthy kids. Tam’s sire is light buckskin, while his dam is a medium buckskin. Tam also is buckskin. WyldeStyle’s dam is Willow, who is a solid cream color with

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Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goat Breeding | WyldeStyle and Tam

WyldeStyle was one of the first goat kids born on our farm so I have an extra soft spot for her.

This was her first time being bred. The pregnancy went smoothly and she delivered two healthy kids.

Tam’s sire is light buckskin, while his dam is a medium buckskin. Tam also is buckskin.

WyldeStyle’s dam is Willow, who is a solid cream color with random spotting and roaning. I am not sure about the color and pattern of her sire.

WyldeStyle is Swiss marked, which means she is black with white areas on her legs, ears, face, tail and band around the belly.

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goat Breeding | WyldeStyle and Tam

WyldeStyle had one boy and one girl. Both are buckskin. Both are obnoxiously cute.

EUMELANIN COLOR

ColorTamWyldeStyleCWS1CWS2
Dark Brown
Black ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Unknown

PHEOMENANIN COLOR

ColorTam WyldeStyleCWS1 CWS2
White ✔ ✔ ✔
Cream ✔ ✔ ✔
Tan ✔ ✔ ✔
Gold
Red Brown

AGOUTI LOCUS PATTERN

ColorTam WyldeStyleCWS1 CWS2
Solid
Chamoisee
Buckskin ✔ ✔ ✔
Cou Clair/Blanc
Swiss Marked ✔
Sundgau
No Pattern

WHITE SPOTTING & MODIFIERS

ColorTam WyldeStyleCWS1 CWS2
Random
Belted ✔ partial
Schwartzal
Roaning ✔ ✔ ✔
Frosting ✔ ✔ ✔
White Poll ✔ ✔
Moon Spots

POLLED, OR NOT

ColorTam WyldeStyleCWS1 CWS2
Polled
Horned ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Science is Fun & Genetics are Fascinating!

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2019 Willow & Tam Breeding http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/2019-willow-tam-breeding/ Mon, 20 May 2019 20:53:28 +0000 http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/?p=10575 Willow is a rockstar! Three healthy babies again. Willow is getting on in age. Next year will probably be her last breeding season. Then, she can simply focus on ruling the herd like the Queen she is. Tam’s sire is light buckskin, while his dam is a medium buckskin. Tam also is buckskin. Willow is a solid cream color with random spotting and roaning. She

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Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goat Breeding | Willow and Tam

Willow is a rockstar! Three healthy babies again.

Willow is getting on in age. Next year will probably be her last breeding season. Then, she can simply focus on ruling the herd like the Queen she is.

Tam’s sire is light buckskin, while his dam is a medium buckskin. Tam also is buckskin.

Willow is a solid cream color with random spotting and roaning. She must be a carrier of the recessive black gene because she has birthed a number of black kids. Willow’s dam is dark gold with a belt and roaning. Her sire appears to be dark brown with random spotting.

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goat Breeding | Willow and Tam

Two bucks and a doe for Willow. Two are polled, one is not. Two are tan/gold in coloring, one is white/cream.

Her last several births have had a least one black kid. Not this time.

Genetics are peculiar. Willow has given birth to 10 babies on our farm. Not one has had a buckskin pattern, even though the sire’s have been buckskin. Her daughter Georgia, however, has only had buckskin babies.

EUMELANIN COLOR

ColorTamWillowCW1CW2CW3
Dark Brown
Black ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Unknown

PHEOMENANIN COLOR

ColorTamWillowCW1CW2CW3
White
Cream ✔ ✔ ✔
Tan ✔ ✔ ✔
Gold ✔ ✔
Red Brown

AGOUTI LOCUS PATTERN

PatternTamWillowCW1CW2CW3
Solid ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Chamoisee
Buckskin ✔
Cou Clair/Blanc
Swiss Marked
Sundgau
No Pattern

WHITE SPOTTING & MODIFIERS

CharacteristicTamWillowCW1CW2CW3
Random ✔ ✔
Belted
Schwartzal
Roaning ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Frosting ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
White Poll ✔ ✔
Moon Spots

POLLED, OR NOT

CharacteristicTamWillowCW1CW2CW3
Polled ✔ ✔ ✔
Horned ✔ ✔

Science is Fun & Genetics are Fascinating!

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2019 Georgia & Tam Breeding http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/2019-georgia-tam-breeding/ Mon, 20 May 2019 19:22:46 +0000 http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/?p=10569 This is Georgia’s 2nd breeding season. She did fabulous again. The pregnancy and birth were trouble free. And, even though she’s a bit stand-offish towards her human and goat friends, she is a great mom. Tam’s sire is light buckskin, while his dam is a medium buckskin. Tam also is buckskin. Georgia’s dam is Willow, who is a solid cream color with random spotting and

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Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goat Breeding

This is Georgia’s 2nd breeding season. She did fabulous again. The pregnancy and birth were trouble free. And, even though she’s a bit stand-offish towards her human and goat friends, she is a great mom.

Tam’s sire is light buckskin, while his dam is a medium buckskin. Tam also is buckskin.

Georgia’s dam is Willow, who is a solid cream color with random spotting and roaning. I am not sure about the color and pattern of her sire. Georgia is black with random spotting, roaning, and frosting.

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Nigerian Dwarf Goat Breeding

Georgia had two bucks. They are both buckskin. The lighter buckskin has similar coloring to Georgia’s doe she birthed last year. The other buck is darker overall – more black areas and the brown areas are a darker brown. Neither have much roaning.

This marks four total babies for Georgia. Three boys & one girl. All buckskin.

EUMELANIN COLOR

Color Tam Georgia CG1 CG2
Dark Brown - - - -
Black ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Unknown - - - -

PHEOMENANIN COLOR

Color Tam Georgia CG1 CG2
White - - - -
Cream ✔ - - -
Tan ✔ - ✔
Gold - - - ✔
Red Brown - - ✔ -

AGOUTI LOCUS PATTERN

Color Tam Georgia CG1 CG2
Solid - - - -
Chamoisee - - - -
Buckskin ✔ - ✔ ✔
Cou Clair/Blanc - - - -
Swiss Marked - - - -
Sundgau - - - -
No Pattern - ✔ - -

WHITE SPOTTING & MODIFIERS

Color Tam Georgia CG1 CG2
Random - ✔ - -
Belted - - - -
Schwartzal - - - -
Roaning - ✔ - -
Frosting ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
White Poll - ✔ - -
Moon Spots - - - -

POLLED, OR NOT

Color Tam Georgia CG1 BC2
Polled - - - -
Horned ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Science is Fun & Genetics are Fascinating!

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Winter in Leavenworth http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/winter-in-leavenworth/ Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:56:02 +0000 http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/?p=10309 Leavenworth is a small town that almost didn’t make it. Then, in the mid 1900’s community leaders decided to update the downtown area into a Bavarian theme. Brilliant! The little town now hosts over a million visitors every year. I had been wanting to visit Leavenworth, Washington ever since we traveled to Bavaria, Germany.   Welcome to Leavenworth   A gal I’ve been friends with

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Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Travel | Washington | Leavenworth

Leavenworth is a small town that almost didn’t make it. Then, in the mid 1900’s community leaders decided to update the downtown area into a Bavarian theme. Brilliant! The little town now hosts over a million visitors every year.

I had been wanting to visit Leavenworth, Washington ever since we traveled to Bavaria, Germany.

 

Welcome to Leavenworth

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Travel | Washington | Leavenworth

 

A gal I’ve been friends with since junior high said her & her hubby were going to Leavenworth and wanted to know if we wanted to join them. Yes! Yes, we did! We skipped all our commitments that weekend and had a fabulous time in this faux German town.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Travel | Washington | Leavenworth

 

FRIDAY NIGHT

Leavenworth is a long way from most anywhere. It took us a little over 6 hours to get there, which got us to our hotel around 9pm. The town was looking a bit quiet when we drove through. But, thankfully, München Haus was still open. It was freezing outside, but we still enjoyed our pretzels and sausages very much.

The lights were on in town creating a gorgeous Christmas atmosphere.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Travel | Washington | Leavenworth

 

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

The town is nestled among the Cascade Mountains enhancing the magical feeling.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Travel | Washington | Leavenworth

 

As we were walking from our hotel to the main street we spotted two guys in lederhosen playing alphorns at the Enzian Inn.

 

I adored the small village:
I loved the architecture & decor. ♥
The signage was very old time Bavaria. ♥
There was a goat sculpture. ♥
There was a pretzel tree. ♥
Sparrows were enjoying the pretzels on the tree. ♥
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Travel | Washington | Leavenworth

 

I’m not much of a shopper, so it’s not my typical go-to while on vacation. But the little shops are one of the focal points of Leavenworth, so we spent time wandering through them.

One place we visited was The Oil & Vinegar Cellar. For a couple bucks you received a small portion of bread to try their various oils & balsamic vinegars. The couple bucks went towards a purchase, if you bought something – which, I did. My friend told me, though, that when she was there the day before, she didn’t have to pay the couple bucks. So, maybe that’s just a weekend thing.

We also went to the year ’round Christmas shop, Kris Kringl.

And, probably my favorite shop was The Cheesemonger’s Shop because… well… cheese. Samples of cheeses and meats were available. Yum! Farmer John & our Farm Girl picked out the Vampire Slayer type to bring home. It was garlicy goodness. I wish we would have bought more so I could try it in mac & cheese.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Travel | Washington | Leavenworth

 

OUR HOTEL

During our time in Leavenworth we stayed at Fairbridge Inn & Suites. The price was decent. The room was clean. And, there was a pretty good continental breakfast. I would stay there again.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Travel | Washington | Leavenworth

 

Next to the hotel was a good pizza place, Rudloofs Pizza und Brats. We ate there twice. Once, for pizza. And, once for a pretzel & sausage snack.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Travel | Washington | Leavenworth

 

Dinner in Leavenworth on a Saturday in December means long waits wherever you go. We ended up going to Kristall’s, which was near the hotel. I don’t recommend it.

 

Before leaving home, I put together a plastic wrap ball full of prizes. We had a blast playing the fast paced game during some down time at the hotel.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Travel | Washington | Leavenworth

 

SNOW!

Another draw to Leavenworth in winter is the snow. It has been a fairly dry year in the Pacific Northwest, though, so Leavenworth hadn’t received much snow. When we got to Leavenworth the majority of previous snow had melted.

But then, Saturday night it snowed. ♥

Lots of people got out their sleds to go down the small hill right in the downtown area.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Travel | Washington | Leavenworth

 

ENCHANTMENT PARK

Sunday morning was beautiful with the freshly fallen snow.

The hotel was within walking distance to the entrance of Enchantment Park, so we headed there first thing Sunday morning. A few kids were sledding in the park. It looked amazing.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Travel | Washington | Leavenworth

 

I was on a mission to find a geocache in the park. But… I got skunked. I tried to get to it from three different angles. But, it didn’t work out due to the snow. Eventually, I gave up and just enjoyed the peacefulness.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Travel | Washington | Leavenworth

 

I spotted a Pileated Woodpecker in the trees.

 

Serene.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Travel | Washington | Leavenworth

 

I didn’t reach the geocache, but we did track down a letterbox.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Travel | Washington | Leavenworth | Letterboxing

 

Aplets & Cotlets

Not far from Leavenworth, in the town of Cashmere, is the Aplets & Cotlets Factory. Before heading home we stopped by to check it out. The store was open, but the factory wasn’t operating that day. We tried a few samples and bought a few goodies.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Travel | Washington | Aplets & Cotlets

 

We found both a geocache & a letterbox near the factory.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | Travel | Washington | Cashmere | Letterboxing | Geocaching

 

It was a great weekend. I’m trying to decide the next time to go back – Winter because it was awesome, or Spring when the wildflowers would be blooming, or in Summer to watch a live performance of The Sound of Music, or during Oktoberfest.

Have you been to Leavenworth? What was your favorite thing to see or do?

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2019 Kidding Schedule http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/2019-kidding-schedule/ Tue, 07 Aug 2018 03:40:33 +0000 http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/?p=10270 Due to last year’s kids being born when snow was on the ground, I’m pushing kidding dates to March. Below are my planned breeding pairs. We will have 2 senior does that have kidded multiple times, Georgia (who kidded last year), and 2 first fresheners. We will be using Tam again over three of our does. And, to keep Crash’s line going in our herd,

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Due to last year’s kids being born when snow was on the ground, I’m pushing kidding dates to March. Below are my planned breeding pairs.

We will have 2 senior does that have kidded multiple times, Georgia (who kidded last year), and 2 first fresheners.

We will be using Tam again over three of our does. And, to keep Crash’s line going in our herd, Wingman will be bred to two of our does.

RESERVATIONS:
If you would like your name added to our reservations list, send us a message at ridgetopfarmandgarden@gmail.com noting your preferred breeding pair.

Reservations are free, but please check out our sales policy.

Doelings and Bucklings start at $300 and is dependent on lineage and characteristics.

Wethers are $125.

A discount may be offered on the purchase of multiple animals.

WILLOW & TAMRigetop Farm & Garden | 2019 Kidding Schedule

KK Snowd’N Edith *1M
ELFIN ACRES F TAMARACK FS86 (VV+ )

Possible Extra: Polled

Approximate Breeding Date: October 9th, 2018
Approximate Kidding Date: March 5th, 2019

 

BUNNY & WINGMANRigetop Farm & Garden | 2019 Kidding Schedule

DIJI FARM MEREDITH FS86 (VV+V)
PLENTYWATER WINGMAN

Possible Extra: Polled

Approximate Breeding Date: October 9th, 2018
Approximate Kidding Date: March 5th, 2019

 

GEORGIA & TAMRigetop Farm & Garden | 2019 Kidding Schedule

THE BB MISS GEORGIA O’KEEFE
ELFIN ACRES F TAMARACK FS86 (VV+ )

Approximate Breeding Date: October 9th, 2018
Approximate Kidding Date: March 5th, 2019

 

MOON & WINGMANRigetop Farm & Garden | 2019 Kidding Schedule

RTB SGW DANCE IN THE MOONLIGHT
PLENTYWATER WINGMAN

Possible Extras: Polled & Moonspots

Approximate Breeding Date: October 9th, 2018
Approximate Kidding Date: March 5th, 2019

 

WYLDESTYLE & TAMRigetop Farm & Garden | 2019 Kidding Schedule

PLENTYWATER WYLDESTYLE
ELFIN ACRES F TAMARACK FS86 (VV+ )

Approximate Breeding Date: October 9th, 2018
Approximate Kidding Date: March 5th, 2019

 

Goats are herd animals and should have other goats or companion animals to live with.

I spend a lot of time with and become quite attached to all the kids born on our farm, please do your research and learn about raising goats prior to purchasing.

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Making Suet Blocks http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/making-suet-blocks/ Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:28:03 +0000 http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/?p=9901 One of the things I love about where we live are the many birds. I will often set out seed or suet for them to enjoy. I do buy suet blocks from the store, but sometimes if I have the ingredients on hand I will make my own. They are easy to make and don’t take much time.   INGREDIENTS • 2 cups lard •

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Ridgetop Farm and Garden | How to Make Suet

One of the things I love about where we live are the many birds. I will often set out seed or suet for them to enjoy.

I do buy suet blocks from the store, but sometimes if I have the ingredients on hand I will make my own. They are easy to make and don’t take much time.

 

INGREDIENTS

• 2 cups lard
• 3/4 cups peanut butter
• 1 cup flour
• 1 cup corn meal (I have read that masa could work better since it doesn’t tend to sink while the block is hardening)
• 1.5 cups mix of bird seed, scratch, & black oil sunflower seeds
• 1/2 cup grated apple
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | How to Make Suet

 

HOW TO

1. Using a pot on the stove, melt the lard and nut butter.

2. When the lard and nut butter have turned to liquid, add the remaining ingredients. Mix well.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | How to Make Suet

 

3. Pour the mixture into a half gallon carton. Place the carton upright in the fridge to harden.

4. When the liquid mix has turned to a solid, tear off the carton and cut into individual blocks.

5. Extra blocks can be placed between wax paper and put in the freezer until they are ready to be used.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | How to Make Suet

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | How to Make Suet

 

FEEDING OUR FEATHERED FRIENDS

Place blocks in a suet feeder and watch the birds flock to it.

The blocks could also be given to your chickens as a treat.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | How to Make Suet

Ridgetop Farm and Garden | How to Make Suet

 

 

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How to Render Lard http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/how-to-render-lard/ Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:52:14 +0000 http://www.ridgetopfarmandgarden.com/?p=9900 As we strive to have a sustainable home, we want to use the most of our farm raised animals. Today that means using fat from our pigs to render lard. When we take our pork to be processed we let the butcher know we would like to keep the fat. The fat comes back to us in slabs. To turn those slabs into a usable

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Ridgetop Farm and Garden | How to Render Lard

As we strive to have a sustainable home, we want to use the most of our farm raised animals. Today that means using fat from our pigs to render lard.

When we take our pork to be processed we let the butcher know we would like to keep the fat. The fat comes back to us in slabs. To turn those slabs into a usable product I use a slow cooker. It’s so simple, I should have started rendering lard years ago.

 

Lard

fat from a pig that is rendered and clarified for use in cooking.

 

STEP 1

Cut the cold slab(s) into small chunks. This is the most difficult part of the entire process. Maybe if you have good knives, you will have an easier time than I do using our crappy one. The smaller the chunks the better.

To keep the fat from sticking, pour about a 1/4 cup of water in the bottom of a slow cooker. Then, toss in the fat chunks.
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STEP 2

I turn the slow cooker on high, at least for the first little bit.

You know you are on your way to rendered lard when the fat changes from it’s lovely pinkish color to a horrid creamish color.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | How to Render Lard

 

As the fat heats up, liquid escapes the chunks and starts filling the slow cooker. This is the good stuff.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | How to Render Lard

 

STEP 3

Using cheesecloth and a funnel, I carefully strain the liquid fat into a jar.

I pour the first bit of liquid about an hour and a half into the cooking.

I turn the slow cooker to low, and let it render some more. Then, when there’s more liquid I strain that.

I typically repeat this process three times.

*Please note – the fat will not render completely out. There will still be some chunks remaining.
Ridgetop Farm and Garden | How to Render Lard

 

STEP 4

After the liquid cools, I place a lid on the jar and put it in the fridge. Here it turns into the soft, solid, white stuff we refer to as lard.

It can be used in cooking, baking, suet, or soap making.
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