Halloween Day dawned bright and sunny for Heidi’s due date. She was right on target last year, and looked to be headed that way this year too. She had been patiently waiting these last few days, and looked much like a beached (but content) white whale chewing her cud in the shade of the hackberry tree. She spent much of this morning the same way, gradually ending up standing in the shade of the barn. (more…)
Woo hoo! We did it! Our first official full-blooded dairy goat doe kid. With seven out of seven being born as bucklings this past Winter and Spring, I wondered when our first doeling would arrive. In fact, I have actually heard from a goat-friend this year that some bucks can be known for throwing high percentages of either buck or doe kids. Holy milk buckets! We have had a good ratio from Jack with the Spanish and Boer nannies though, so I wasn’t too worried. (more…)
The goats are so lovely going into Autumn, it’s my favorite time of the year. Our original Spanish nannies are settled in their third year here on the sandy hillside.
Handsome Jack and AP no doubt look forward to being Kings of the Forest again soon with their does. I have to smile at these two billy goats, who became fast friends when they were turned out with each other last year. The younger bucks in the field are tolerated, but Jack and AP truly seem to enjoy each others’ company.
Oiva Joulipukki will certainly look his part this season shaking his scimitar horns as the Christmas Goat. His two spotted comrades, Leah and Heidi’s bucklings, can also be seen on the For Sale page!
Be sure to visit the Dairies page, to see updated glamour shots of the Sugarplums.
These pretty girls are from Jack’s first crop of kids. I can’t WAIT to see what they will bring next year. They will be two years old when they have their first kids. It is my hope that this additional time will be a benefit to their maternity, both physically and mentally. I doubt they’ll ever stop being playful, they are goats after all!
Hyacinth, Camo, Bay Laurel, Sparrow and my Darling Mango Pango:
As the days grow shorter and we head into another Winter, it is like looking at a new herd of goats with the little ones grown into healthy weanlings, and youngsters maturing into adults. The wonderful crop of nutritious mesquite beans put a nice finish on all of the stock in time for late summer rains to remind us what green grass looks like. (more…)
Well, we’ve had another bit of fun in the Dairy Goat pen. After a very cold delivery for Leah’s twins last Winter, I had thought that it might be handy to have some extra goat coats on hand for chilling days. I saved several shirts that JW had torn on barbed-wire while working, thinking that I could use the fabric from those rather than to purchase any new. JW’s favorite color is most assuredly khaki, but there was enough of a variety of plaid shirts that I thought I could come up with a half-dozen or so by doubling up on layers.
Annie was first in line for the big girl’s size. (more…)