Spring is always a busy time on a family farm, especially when you raise livestock.
March and April are the lambing and goat kidding months and, just like the weather, the process is predictably unpredictable, with babies coming at all hours of the day and night.
On this particular bright and sunny Thursday morning in early March, Teddi Maslowski has been up since 3, when she crawled out of bed to help deliver a pair of baby goats. Ten hours later, she’s still in motion, darting between the barn’s stalls to toss feed to a brood of 950 baby chicks, check on a litter of striped baby piglets and — surprise, surprise! — welcome the nanny’s third baby goat into the world on a bed of straw. [continue reading]