Our first journey into the world of farm animals was the purchase of abeautiful white Arabian Horse named Tupelo Honey for our 7-acre farm in Oklahoma City, OK. Tupelo was an amazing animal and Hillary’s first love. She was older when we acquired her, and so unfortunately is no longer withus, but her legacy carries on with the significantly expanded herd residing a tour farm today. We currently have....
Hillary has always had an affinity for the mini animals as evidenced by ourNigerian Dwarf Goats, Baby Doll Sheep, Miniature Jersey Bull, and MiniatureSchnauzer. Miniature equines are no exception.
We currently have a Shetland Pony, Miniature Horse, Miniature Donkey, andMiniature Mule. The Shetland Pony is definitely the boss, but all four getalong great and reside together in a two acre pasture feauturing a beautifulnearly hundred year old oakwood barn that we have invested a great deal oftime renovating.
The mules are the guard animals of the farm. They are very protective of Hillary, the horses, and the other animals from any predators in the area including coyotes that live in the woods behind the property. Hobbes in particular is extremely affectionate and love to be scratched on his chin and cheeks. He will follow Hillary all over the pasture when she is out working and also enjoys meeting guests that come out to the farm.
Nigerian Dwarf Goats:
Nigerian Dwarf Goats are a small goat breed of West African ancestry. Bucks range from 19 to 23.5 inches in height and does from 17 to 22.5 inches. Nigerian Dwarf goats are prized for their milk which is richer than that of full-sized dairy goats. They are gentle and intelligent which makes them popular as pets. Like most goats they spend a good portion of the day eating, nibbling on everything from twigs to grass to bushes to grains and hay.
Jasmine, Belle, and Arial were the first three goats to join the Raubach Farm back in the Spring of 2017. They were bred with a buck named Elvis and have successfully mothered two sets of babies each. The goats love to play on their goat tower and really enjoy visitors, especially those that bring them appropriate treats.
Angora Goats are long haired goats that produce the lustrous fibre known as mohair. Angora goats were first brought to Europe from Turkey in 1554 by the Emperor Charles V and then made their way to the United States in 1849.
The Angoras are shorn twice a year and each shearing produces 10 – 12 pounds of mohair. We would love to spin the wool at some point and have sweaters or scarves knitted, but haven’t taken that new task on just yet.
BABY DOLL SHEEP:
Rumble and Leonardo DiCaprio came to live on the farm in the summer of 2017. They were part of a good ol’ fashioned East Tennessee animal swap with young farmer couple living just south of Nashville. They were looking for female black heritage pigs and Hillary was looking for Baby Doll Southdown Sheep. We happened to have two black heritage pigs who had outgrown their enclosure so we drove them down their new home with lots of additional space and brought Rumble and DiCaprio home.
Baby doll sheep are the miniature version of the Southdown breed of sheep which originated in the South “Downs” of Sussex County, England. They are known for their hardiness and fine fleece and also their gentle nature. The breed made its way to the United States in 1803.
Daffodil is a Kunekune (pronounced “cooney cooney”) pig who is currently expecting piglets in April 2019. She joined the farm in February of 2019 as a Valentine’s Day gift from David to Hillary. Kune Kune pigs are a small breed of domestic pig from New Zealand. They are long haired with a rotund build.
Bosephus is a miniature jersey bull who just joined the farm in March of 2018. He is an extremely friendly cow who loves having his chin rubbed by anyone who comes into his area. He is currently waiting anxiously for a lady friend, but has the goats to play with in the meantime.
Ducks have been with our farm almost since the beginning. The ducks started in a kiddie pool in the backyard, but have graduated now to a luxurious approximately 300 square foot pond with a waterfall we built in 2016. Our domestic ducks are often visited by wild mallards who just can’t seem to understand why our ducks won’t (or can’t) fly away with them.
Raubach Farm has a number of different breeds of chickens including Silkies, ISA Browns, Frizzles, and Rhode Island Reds. There are currently three roosters who keep the hens in order. They all sleep in a custom built chicken coop (more of a chicken mansion) at night and are allowed to free range around the property during the day. They love to dig around in the horse manure looking for grubs or follow the pig around the backyard eating worms that she has unearthed rooting around. And every morning they provide lots of eggs for the Hillary and David and guests!
The dogs are probably the most special animals on the Raubach farm if only because two of them have been with through our entire marriage. Remington, the miniature schnauzer, was Hillary’s dog when we started dating. An old man now (he’s thirteen) he still loves to get out and patrol the fence lines of the back yard and let’s the other two dogs (and other animals who somehow find their way to the house) know who’s boss when necessary.
Sebastian, the blue Weimeraner, was David’s wedding present to Hillary and can quite honestly do no wrong. He loves running although usually prefers to stick close to Hillary rather than run unaccompanied through the pastures after a run in with a mule a couple of years back.
Townsend, on the other hand, is as wild and free as they come and much prefers to take off himself to explore the far reaches of the property. He’s the farm guard dog and usually sleeps outside on the patio so he can alert us of intruders such as skunks and coyotes.