2 Goats and a Barn
Placing the gable truss.

2 Goats and a Barn

Goats and Barns? Two unrelated topics that are joined together  here for the convenience of having to only make one post.
At Acorn a small crew of us have been hard at work this past month building a new barn. Its two stories tall and 30 by 32 feet. The first floor is framed with post and beams and the second floor is stud wall framing. We are parking tractors and keeping garden tools on the first floor and the second floor is a massive new drying space.

Also, we recently got two goats. We bought them from a nearby goat rancher we are friends with. The breed of goats is Kiko, a type from New Zealand. Whalers would leave goats on the island and in between trips come and harvest the goats for meat. The goats became quiet feral and after a long while they were rounded up and selected for various qualities. The Kiko are very hardy foragers and have high tolerance to worms and wet climates. We keep them in a stationary overnight paddock and we have a rotating day paddock that we bring them too that we move every two days to fresh browse

Filling in the forms for the post anchors.
Filling in the forms for the post anchors.

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Fancy homemade welded post anchors
Fancy homemade welded post anchors
It begins to take form.
It begins to take form.
Sitting the notched beams
Sitting the notched beams

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The tractor was essential for lifting the heavy oak beams.

Placing the gable truss.
Placing the gable truss.
The second truss is placed.
The second truss is placed.

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Celebratory Truss raisers
Celebratory Truss raisers

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The roof is nearly done
The roof is nearly done
View from the roof
View from the roof
Phase one of the barn is complete.
Phase one of the barn is complete.
. Shown in this photo is the goats overnight paddock, the structure is an old hog shed.
The goats overnight paddock, the structure is an old hog shed.
There they are!
There they are!
Fresh browse for the goats. They prefer broadleaf plants over grass. The powerline strip has been great for that.
Fresh browse for the goats. They prefer broadleaf plants over grass. The powerline strip has been great for that.
After the goats have cleared out an area.
After the goats have cleared out an area.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. As always, an enjoyable read with great photos. Feels good to know you revel in your work and keep growing, far from the madding crowd. Namaste, Devon

  2. I love the updates! The barn looks great & I wish you tons of luck! The goats are too cute – best wishes!!! Keep up the great work!

  3. holy crap, you got goats! the barn is looking great, too! i am so excited for acorn =) i hear you have tomatoes already, too… since cortney and i moved in april our garden is still young, but we’ll have squash and basil and tomatoes and peps soon enough =)

    much love to acorn!

  4. This is so crazy amazing!

  5. I’d be inclined to agree with you here. Which is not something I usually do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

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