Posts Tagged "Mango Pango"

Boer-cross Doelings – SOLD

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Goats For Sale | Comments Off on Boer-cross Doelings – SOLD

Please excuse our mess! You might notice that the legs of the goats in some photos look black. This is a sticky tar from Curlycup Gumweed in the fields that sometimes is stuck in their hair, but it does wear off. 😉                      

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2010 Yearling Does

Posted by on Sep 3, 2010 in Autumn, Dairy Cross Does | Comments Off on 2010 Yearling Does

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...

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Autumn Portraits ~ 2009

Posted by on Nov 17, 2009 in Autumn, Boer Goat, Dairy Goat, Visions of Sugarplums | 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. Foster-sisters Star and Mango Pango are nearing their one-year birthdays.  Star will be one year just a week before Christmas, and Mango has now turned nine months. Annie has grown quite a bit in her third year, although goatasaurus daughter Heidi, is now beyond her in height and depth. Approaching two years old in April, Heidi’s horns are shaped like long scimitars, definitely reminiscent of her Saanen side. Moon is maturing into a beautiful girl with her angular dairy build and her traditional Saanen beard. We can hardly wait to see her Saanubian kids by Jack! Beautiful Kismet joined our Sugarplums most recently in September. Her beautiful face and large frame are a welcome addition to our Dairy girls, and she has become an old pro very quickly in grazing the woods and fields with the main herd. Donna and the rest of the Boer and Spanish does keep their hooves well-trimmed through constant traveling, and they have done an excellent job at trimming the undergrowth in the thickest woods on the property. The difference they have made is amazing. It is nice to have so much natural browse for them, rather than all grass pasture which would not well-suit their digestion and habits. Jack Flash has also matured considerably as he approaches his second birthday in April. His winter coat comes in quite thick and long, and the hair on his neck actually stands up. Between the shaggy mane and his single-sided horn regrowth, I cannot help but continue to refer to him as our...

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Video ~ Meet the Sugarplums

Posted by on Jun 12, 2009 in Goat Video, Visions of Sugarplums | Comments Off on Video ~ Meet the Sugarplums

Meet the Sugarplums as they introduce themselves one by one. Annie, Holly, Moon and Heidi. Leah is still busy with her breakfast after being milked, but Mango and Star are always ready to ham it up for the camera. [hdplay id=22 ]

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Out and About

Posted by on Apr 5, 2009 in Goat Kid, Goatherd | Milkmaid, Spring, Visions of Sugarplums | 2 comments

I do believe that Spring has sprung. We have had a couple of nice rain showers, and the trees have put their leaves on. We’ve got a bit of grass starting as well, so I hope we get more rain before it dries up! Little Mango finally beat her pinkeye, and has been spending her days outside with the dairy goats. She and Star get along very well, and enjoy playing together. Mango is a busy little helper, and even helped JW and I plant our vegetable garden by prancing down each row leaving tiny hoofprints. She trots along behind me when I go out to check the little ones in the main herd as well. And, as a testament to Leah’s good milk, she is every bit as big as both of her brothers. She’s a real beauty, with the dark Nubian lines running along her head over her eyes, and she also has spots on her ears and the back of her head. She’s got nice long dairy legs and a fine-ish head. If all of Jack’s daughters look like this, I’ll be on cloud nine! Good thing it’s a girl or I’d have a hard time getting rid of her. This one I get to keep! We had one loss of Pinta’s tiny black and white twin boy. He was very weak at birth, and was gaining strength quite slowly. During the night, Pinta got up and left him alone, and he died the next day. I’m not sure what was wrong with him exactly, but the nanny goats always seem to know, and will often leave a sick kid even before the goatherd realizes something is wrong. Sad to be sure, but we do have eight healthy kids on the ground, and a few more does yet to give birth. Pinta’s other kid is a funny little fellow. I’m still not quite sure what his ears are going to do. The rest of the kids have the long Nubian-type ears, but his can’t seem to make up their mind! They are shorter, like Pinta, but then flop down just at the tip. The two sets of twins that were born with a day of each other can often be found sleeping together in a pile. When they awake ready to eat, it can be quite entertaining to see all four of them running straight for the same nanny. To the dismay, of course, of the nanny in question! I am sure that they will all straighten out as they go. The new Spring growth also gave an opportunity to browse trees in the big pasture. We won’t turn the goats out full-time until their kids are a big bigger, but it is a nice way to spend an evening by walking with them through the fields. Even the dogs join us and help to keep...

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