My next research project for the farm is “Livestock Guardian Animals”.
Although the property that we are in the process of purchasing has flood irrigation, the current owner is not allowing the irrigation to be ordered while he still owns it. I do understand his point. With a little bit of water, the weeds that are currently on the lot would soon be 3 ft tall. The soil is quite fertile after all. If escrow does not close as expected, he would have to pay a tractor to come and drag the lot again before relisting the property.
The bad thing about that is that there are some beautiful plants and trees that are suffering out there, so I go over twice a week with 3 (100 foot) hoses and give everything a nice long drink. This takes about 2 hours (you are welcome current owner).
The happy news is the neighbors have been coming over to meet me. I was asked by one neighbor, if I was the “angel” that they have been praying for- to come and breathe life back into the old orange orchard. How nice! Why yes, I am.
I have been told by the neighbors that there are coyotes that will terrorize my animals and that I will need a dog to deter them.
Steve recently lost his little terrier “Lucky” and we were not actually thinking about getting a dog. But it makes sense. So I will be researching that very subject and let you know what I find out.
Stay tuned for next time when you will hear me offer Steve a choice; Dog, Llama or Donkey 😉