Visions of Sugarplums

Heidi’s Doeling ~ 2010

Posted on: October 31st, 2010 by Tracy Shiflett 1 Comment

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…)

Moon’s Doeling ~ 2010

Posted on: October 22nd, 2010 by Tracy Shiflett 1 Comment

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…)

Video ~ Do You Know Where Your Kids Are?

Posted on: April 29th, 2010 by Tracy Shiflett

When the kids are about one week old, we start letting them go out with their dams into the field for a couple of hours each evening. Napping kids can sometimes get left behind when the herd comes in at sunset. (more…)

Leah’s Twins ~ 2009

Posted on: December 18th, 2009 by Tracy Shiflett

Beautiful Leah had grown to her usual large proportions when her due date arrived on Monday.  As a cold front came in, I thought that we would have a repeat of last year’s chilly arrival.  I’ve heard that “a smart doe will wait for nice weather” so maybe that’s what Leah decided to do.  Then again, she could only hold on for so long, right?  Cold morning after cold morning this week I expected her to go at any time.    (more…)

Walking with Annie Oakleaf

Posted on: December 13th, 2009 by Tracy Shiflett 1 Comment

Lest you think that only expecting mothers are the goats to get attention, I’d like to tell you about walking with Annie Oakleaf.  We had a very exciting visit on the same day that Moon and Heidi were due to have their kids.  My longtime friend, Mindy, brought her two young girls over to see what the Shifletts are up to out here in Floresville.  It being such a beautiful day, we headed out the gate to go for a walk in the sunshine.  Well, naturally the dairy goats all wanted to go with us.  Unfortunately, with two more girls after Moon due to kid any day, they were under a bit of a lockdown as far as outings.  Annie, on the other hand, is sometimes allowed a strategic slip past the gate and out she came with us into the field. (more…)

Autumn Portraits ~ 2009

Posted on: November 17th, 2009 by Tracy Shiflett 2 Comments

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…)