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#TakeOverTuesday: Bailey Montoya, Montgomery County

Every Tuesday an Ohio Farm Bureau member takes over our Instagram for the day to share a day in their life. Check in through out the day or follow us on Instagram to meet new farmers and ag professionals every #TakeOverTuesday.

This week’s take over is with Bailey Montoya of Montoya Farms/Levi’s Legacy in Montgomery County.

 

So the beginning of each year starts new growth on the farm. After my morning chores I have to prepare our baby goat labor ward. Goat’s gestation period is 148-152 days long. So we have been waiting for a long time watching our herd grow big in the bellies. Each Doe that is due is given her own individual pen. We conduct health checks on a daily basis but as they come into have their babies we give them an extra boost of vitamins and minerals to help keep the babies strong. This area is enclosed to guard the babies during the hard winter months. We have the ability to heat with lamps and additional heaters. This fall my dad was able to add running water to this area as well. We have all the necessities to deliver our babies in a healthy clean environment. Once the does are comfortable in their new hotel, we check them four or five times a day. We try to be around to assist the moms through their delivery. Our new crop of goats will be sold to 4-H’ers in the local area for their county fairs. #TakeOverTuesday this week with Bailey Montoya of Montoya Farms/Levi’s Legacy in Montgomery County. Meet Ohio farmers each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF #ohio #farm #farmer #farmlife #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohioexplored #ourohio #goats #goatsofinstagram

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Surprise! As I headed into the house for lunch I found Maize delivering her puppies. Our small dog enterprise was started by my younger brother, Levi. Before his freshman year he had set his sights on receiving his American farming degree. His supervised agricultural experience (SAE) was his way to earn money to pay his way through college. June 5, 2014 (1yr &7mos today), Levi jumped on his four wheeler to check on the bees in the back pasture and he never returned. Levi’s Legacy is our family’s way of keeping Levi’s spirit alive. We continue to breed Labradoodle’s and Aussiedoodles. This project hasn’t been very easy to continue because we give our animals a lot of attention. Of course we feed and water them daily, check them to make sure hey are healthy, and we observe them for their heat cycles. Each dog gets their own time of individual attention. When we have a litter of puppies we handle them daily. We watch them open there eyes at two weeks of age, learn to squirm around and eventually walk and play, and learn how to eat on their own. When people come to the farm to pick out their puppies they often ask how we can raise puppies just to sell them. To our family each time we sell a puppy to a great new home it feels like Christmas. We enjoyed putting smiles on peoples faces and in return we receive the joy of giving. #TakeOverTuesday this week with Bailey Montoya of Montoya Farms/Levi’s Legacy in Montgomery County. Meet Ohio farmers each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF #ohio #farm #farmer #farmlife #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohioexplored #ourohio #dogsofinstagram #labradoodles #aussiedoodles #puppies

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Well about the time Mom’s gets home from work, I am delivering our first baby doe kid of the year. It was a peaceful easy birth. I helped momma dry her baby off really fast so she can get warm, dip her navel with iodine and take a little bit of milk out of mama to get her nursing. I will finish my afternoon chores and keep an eye on her to see if she has another. It is a busy afternoon here as dad just finished an online auction. People are arriving to load and pay for their items. I will need to work in loading their stuff in between chores. #TakeOverTuesday this week with @rebekah1276 who raises sheep and poultry in Madison County. Meet Ohio farmers each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF #ohio #farm #farmer #farmlife #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohioexplored #ourohio #goats #goatsofinstagram

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I am waiting for the next goat to deliver babies. As I wait I am missing my pigs. We have 4-H pigs which usually come to the farm in April for the county fair. I love the science behind feeding pigs. There are many different combinations of feed rations that can change the look of a show pig. I work several hours a day during the summer months working to feed, clean and condition my pigs. I can not put into words the feeling I get when I walk the final product into the show ring at county and state fair. As you can see from the pictures, we have a huge pig family. That is one thing I know for sure is it takes a community to raise a champion. My piggin family is made up of the best people in the world and even though I am retired I will continue to help and support them. #LLL #TakeOverTuesday this week with @rebekah1276 who raises sheep and poultry in Madison County. Meet Ohio farmers each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF #ohio #farm #farmer #farmlife #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohioexplored #ourohio #pigs #showpigs

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We have added three new baby goats to our herd today from two momma does. When I am home from college I love to end every day with my favorite ladies, SJ and Fancy (Levi's BFF). Agriculture is in my blood no matter what career path I choose. I have learned so much from being raised on a farm that has only added to my character and determination. My mom shared with us at a very young age a quote from her grandpa. "As long as death stays in the barn we are all still ok." My family counts our blessings every day. Life is short so make the most of the dice that you have been rolled. #Livelikelevi. #LLL #TakeOverTuesday this week with @rebekah1276 who raises sheep and poultry in Madison County. Meet Ohio farmers each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF #ohio #farm #farmer #farmlife #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohioexplored #ourohio

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Callie Wells 

Callie Wells is the director of digital communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.