In June a quick, yet proving to be damaging, storm ⛈ went through. Since then we’ve been having electrical issues on the farm: stray voltage around the barns, metal in the barn carrying an electric current, issues with our electric fence, blown surge protector on fencing system, and even a goat that was either struck by lightening or grounded out a lightening strike by sheer bad luck of circumstances.
The other night we had our electrician out to troubleshoot and he was able to find the source of the issue: the wiring to the auto feeder was likely damaged during that early summer storm and was the cause of our issues. Luckily we aren’t using the auto feeder this time of year so he turned off the breaker and will return to make the fix.
It seems like there's a smart technology for everything today. In the last few months I just started using a new smart tech tool on my own farm, an automatic milk feeder for my dairy buck kids so they are able to eat on demand, similar to if they were nursing. For me as the caretaker of my goats, it has allowed me to spend more time working with my animals and observing their health, than when I was mixing milk replacer, feeding with lamb bars and cleaning equipment. It's truly a time saver, which I greatly appreciate since I'm the sole manager of my farm.
I own and manage Cylon Rolling Acres in northwestern Wisconsin. On my farm I raise Boer - Kiko meat goats on pasture.
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Cylon (pronounced Si-lon) is the name of our township in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. Sorry fans, our farm is not named after the robots of Battlestar Galactica.