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Looking for accommodation closer to home

Post  Grassmonster on Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:07 pm

I live just outside of Huntly, Aberdeenshire and my girls are currently kept about 12 miles away ( due to relationship breakdown and moving from steading). That's a lot of travelling to and fro between work, home and goats. I'm looking for somewhere suitable to rent for the goats nearer to Huntly OR somewhere to rent for me and my goats within travelling distance of Huntly (can't give up the job or we all starve)!
Any ideas welcome !

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Post  ballingall on Sun Nov 29, 2009 12:48 am

Hi Grassmonster,

Sorry to hear you have been having problems, I will keep an eye and ear out. We are quite a bit father south, but I will see if I can find out anything useful.

Are you might be on another forum as well- accidental smallholder?


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Post  Grassmonster on Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:06 pm

Hi ballingall ,

Yep, you've come across me on the accidental Smallholder forum Smile
I've not been on the 'puter much recently so I've only just spotted your post here. Happily, I've found a wonderful place five minutes walk from where I work. It's a large concrete built shed which historically was a calf rearing shed but hasn't been used (or abused) for a number of years. It's light, airy, water-tight and already divided up into fourteen 6ft X 12 ft pens, I have space for a feed area, hay and straw storage, a water supply indoors and electricity. In addition, I get a couple of acres of grazing Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy It's so good that I might move in myself Laughing If I were going to design a layout for myself, it wouldn't be vastly different. The people who have the steading love the goats and my pigs and as far as they are concerned, I can rent the shed for as long as they live there Very Happy My biggest worry has always been the insecurity of short-term shed rentals so this has felt like a gift from the gods.

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Post  ballingall on Fri Dec 18, 2009 3:20 am

Hey Grassmonster,

What you've found sounds ideal! So glad you found someplace suitable. The problem that I find, is that no matter how big your shed is, your number of animals always expands to fit it, and to overflow! In 14 pens you could keep lots and lots of goats and pigs!


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Post  Grassmonster on Fri Dec 18, 2009 2:44 pm

There's nothing surer than more goats - hopefully three to kid April/May time. The problem is always the boys - I've once got as far as the vets with a billy kid with the intention of PTS and came back with him disbudded and castrated Embarassed I've been lucky with most of my wethers in that I've found companion homes for them with people who have lost one of a pair of goats or bought just one and realized that it needed a friend. I have three free-loaders as a permanant fixture and one of the billies will be castrated when I know that the does he has served are in kid. He related to all but two of my does and I will be getting a young unrelated buck this spring. Three entires in the shed is more than my nerves will take Rolling Eyes

There will be NO MORE PIGS - Florence and Rosie are huge pet Tamworths who have never been bred and are now too old to put in pig for the first time. They are both great softies who love everyone and have gained something of a fan club. They have more visitors than I do Crying or Very sad

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