EQUIPMENT USED ON OUR FARM

The information on this website is provided as an examples of how we do things at Reed Farm. Please use these for reference and educational purposes only.

Below are pictures of our barns

so you can understand the inside layouts of each barn.

Tom's Fly Spray Recipe is at the bottom of this page.

Our Large Barn houses the milking does.

This is our Smaller Barn, where we house the doelings,  bucklings and yearlings.  We can section it  up into either 2 or 3 areas.

This picture shows the back of the barns including the pastures.

Barn Set - Up

This is the interior layout of the LARGE BARN. 

(The large barn houses the milking does and kids.

This picture shows four views of our large barn.  We like that we can separate our goats from other goats, as needed.

These pictures in the large barn show our work space and where we milk.  We decided to pour cement in our work area, so that we could keep it as clean as possible. 

This is the interior layout of the SMALL BARN.  (The small barn houses the yearlings

and in the winter, the large bucks)

This can be made into 2 or 3 separate pen spaces.

This is our work space for the small barn.  It's just a simple table, bulletin board and cabinet.

We store most of our hay up in our hayloft, but we place our hay on pallets in the barns to keep it dry for daily use.  

We felt there was a lot of hay waste using traditional hay mangers, so we cut keyholes out on plastic barrels to cut down on waste. This seems to be working out the best for us.

We made this hay manger and it worked okay, but the goats were getting their heads stuck in the rails.  So, we suggest using cut cattle panels instead of the wooden slats. 

Hay

(Storage & Mangers)

Copper, our dog, enjoys the hay too!

Feed - Grain Storage

Barrels with lids are used for loose feed.

A broken chest freezer is used to store bagged feed in.

Miscellaneous Equipment

6 Hole Bottle Feeder

 Heat Lamps

After Tom's parents lost their barn to a heat lamp, we made wire mesh guard covers for our heat lamps to prevent possible fires.

Electric Wiring
All electric wires in the barns are placed in conduit, so the goats don't eat loose wires.

Safety Precautions

We believe safety is important. Goats are very curious and will find a way to cause trouble. Hopefully, these ideas will help control some of your problems.
A Heated Sinking De-Icer
A de-icer submerged in a rubber tub is a safe way to keep water from freezing during the winter cold.

A Fire Extinguisher

An extinguisher should be placed in each barn.  The bigger fire extinguisher you can get and handle, the better.  

RECORD KEEPING

PROCEDURE PAGE

RF JOE - BUCK    TATTOO: H4

DOB:  3/2/16           SIRE:  RF Tornado          DAM:  RF Princess

 

 DATE                       PROCEDURE

We make a "Procedure Page" for each animal on the farm.  We write down anything done to the animal. (Shots, worming, hoof trimming etc.) 

Tom's Fly Spray

We got the original fly spray recipe from Sue Goddard.  Tom has since come up with his own similiar recipe.

 

To make one quart (32 OZ)

1/2 Cup Repel X

2 1/2 Cup water             Mix First, Then Add

1/2 Cup White Vinegar

1/4 Cup Avon's Skin-So-Soft Oil

Top off sprayer with water and shake.