Gobe Ranch and Marty's visit with his team
Apr. 22nd, 2010
I awoke early to a beautiful morning with the birds singing and the air fresh and clean. I headed outside so that I wouldn’t bother the other guys when my family called. It turned out to be a nice walk by myself without a phone call.
|The beautiful Ethiopian mountain pastures|
We went back to the house and were just finishing our breakfast when Marty’s group arrived. We shared our bread and bananas with them before we headed out for a tour. We spent a couple of hours walking around the compound and talking about the progress of the project. Zerihun went over the financial reporting with Abera, Nageso, and Mulgeta. It has been great to have Marty as part of the team to provide leadership and stability to the financial side of the business.
Abera took the truck over to load it with grass hay for the cow at the compound while I packed up the suitcases. It started to pour down rain and we were concerned that we would not be able to get out. Abera said, “We are in God’s hands we will get out.” He was right even though it was raining hard the road was still firm enough that we made it out.
|The graded-up Arsi-Holstein cross milking cows|
|Cows being milked at the Gobe Ranch|
We drove back to the compound and unloaded the grass hay for the cow and I implanted her with an embryo. I hope that she will settle this time. It has been a year since she calved and I am concerned that her milk production will come to an end.
I dropped off Mulgeta and Abera at their homes then drove back to the Lilly Valley in the pouring rain. Joe arrived when I was sitting down for dinner so we ate together. I was a little constipated so I just had a salad for dinner. The salad had a cup of water, lemon and vinegar in the bottom of it. I used my bread to sop it all up. Probably not the smartest thing to do because the water is not the cleanest but it tasted good. I am becoming a little to careless when I eat here.