Posts Tagged "Moon"

Moon’s Doeling ~ 2010

Posted by on Oct 22, 2010 in Autumn, Dairy Goat, Goat Kid, Visions of Sugarplums | 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. I knew on Thursday afternoon that Moon could not be far off from delivery, as her udder had filled considerably since morning and she just could not stop talking.  <grin>  JW laughed at me as we ran errands in town and I kept saying, “I just have a feeling,” even though she wasn’t really due until Monday.  Leave it to a full moon in the sky and a slight drop in pressure for the pattering of raindrops sending me out the door long before dawn Friday morning to make sure that both near-mommas were under a roof.  Sure enough, there was Moon stretching and talking and walking in circles in the dairy goat barn. Before long, Moon’s contractions were only a couple of minutes apart and she began to lie against me to push in earnest.  Moon is not one to stay down long though, and much of her labor is spent walking and muttering.  When two tiny white hooves and a pink nose with one small spot became visible in the faint light of day, I knew we’d be in for a treat.  Moon kept walking around and around in the barn, muttering louder as the contractions and walking motion pushed her kid farther and farther out, finally sliding softly to the ground.  With amazing speed, just like Moon’s last kid, this little one was up on her feet within about two minutes and got straight to the business of eating. Well, Moon’s little Snubian is an October surprise indeed, dressed in colors that can’t help but make you think of Autumn.  Apart from noticing the wildly placed spots, the first thing I saw was… ORANGE?  Really? Do goats come in orange?  There are a handful of Snubian goats here and there that I’ve seen, but generally they are born in some variation of white.  Even Heidi, with her soft lemon tones, falls into this sort of standard expectation.  Moon fooled us last Winter with her odd silver buckskin, Oiva, but this little girl really takes the cake. What in the world should I call this combination?  Calico?  Cornucopia?  She looks to have a white base with orange, tan, and buckskin spots.  There is really no telling what she might look like in a few weeks as well, since our goats-of-many-colors tend to change as they grow.  Some spots change color, some spots appear where you thought there were none, and black spots on noses can outgrow and cover the baby pink.  Thankfully, color is just for fun, and our goal is happy and healthy goats.  I’m sure that this little doeling will be happy indeed to have a playmate or two once Heidi delivers her own blessed treasure, due at the end of October. What fun!  I guess we’ll take our Snubians...

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Moon’s Buckling ~ 2009

Posted by on Dec 13, 2009 in Dairy Goat, Goat Kid, Winter | 3 comments

Don’t you just love a girl who’s right on time? Sunday morning broke with the same grey chilly weather that we have been having so far in December. It was not long though, before the sun began to shine and it turned into a beautiful warm day. What luck!  This is the day that the calendar says is the due date for Moon and Heidi to have their kids. The typical gestation for a goat is 150 to 155 days. As mid-day rolled around, our beautiful (and VERY full!) Moon was pacing around the dairy goat pen and talking to herself considerably. She moved from corner to corner never finding a comfortable spot, and seemingly could not decide whether to stand or to lie down. Without a doubt, she was starting to go into labor.  Silly Annie seemed to provide some moral support as she followed Moon closely, rubbing her head against her whenever she stopped walking. As Moon’s contractions came closer together, she came into the barn with me and did not want to leave my side.  Annie followed yet again, and lay down to wait patiently by the door to the barn, chewing her cud. Moon circled and muttered quite a bit more, and came to lean against me when her muscles tightened. At one point she was nearly in my lap!  After what must have seemed like ages to her, Moon finally delivered her first kid.  A darling little buckling who was standing and ready to eat in just eight minutes! With Moon as his Saanen mother, and Jack as his Nubian sire, this little fellow is what is known as a Snubian or a Saanubian.  Many Snubians are a variation of a cream color like Heidi (who is also a Snubian); that is more-or-less what I was expecting to see.  I never would have guessed that he would come out with a coat pattern that almost looks like an Alpine dairy goat!  He is a soft silvery buckskin color with dark points on his head and legs.  He also has a dark dorsal stripe and a sort of shaded blanket on his rump.  It certainly will be interesting to see how his coat develops as he gets a bit older.  We did have one buckskin colored buckling out of one of the Spanish nannies, so maybe Jack is throwing this interesting color. Saanen goats, on the other hand, have not always been the pure white goats that they typically are today.  Many generations ago, the Saanens came in a variety of colors and it was selective breeding that resulted in the current breed standard.  The Sable Dairy Goat is recognized as a separate breed, but most of the registered stock is traced back through Saanen lines.  So, could it be the lovely Moon who carries this splash of color somewhere deep inside? Goat color is a difficult thing to predict, and is identified more by coat pattern than by the color itself.  Thankfully, there is a fellow who has spent considerable time in researching the patterns and genetics of color patterns.  Dr. Philip Sponenberg of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine has written many articles that can be viewed at the Colored Angora Goat Breeder’s Association. Goat Color Genetics Explained, Dr. Phil Sponenberg Genetics of Goat Color, Dr. Phil...

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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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Auntie Weaner

Posted by on Aug 8, 2008 in Boer Goat, Dairy Goat, Goat Kid, Summer, Visions of Sugarplums | Comments Off on Auntie Weaner

We have expanded our herd to include two more dairy goats – another Nubian and a Saanen. The creamy little Nubian, Holly Golightly, is so petite that at nine weeks she looks just like Heidi did at about two weeks! The Saanen, Moon, is bright white and with her short upright ears, looks like a little deer in with rest of the long-eared girls. Six more girls (Tiny Tot, Tater Salad, Ginger, Mary Ann, Yolanda, and Sue) are a rowdy bunch of Boer/Spanish crosses that came to us from the herd of our good friends, Randall and Linda. I fell in love with one of them the first time I saw her at about two days old. From that day forward, Randall insisted on calling her Tracy. She proved to be quite the entertainer in the pasture, jumping and running, and even ending up jumping into the water trough on more than one occasion. Randall would laugh out loud and say, “Look at Tracy! Just look what that crazy goat is doing now!” I have tried to insist that her name is Ginger, with her sister Mary Ann, but to no avail. Even now that she is here, JW continues to call her Tracy. <sigh> With Jack out in the fields, we could not put the new young girls out with him. So, we have all of the weanlings in together under the supervision of Annie. She has undertaken this responsibility quite well, and appears to have patience to no end with all of the goings-on. I try to take them out every evening to graze in the yard on fresh grass and weeds. They all have adopted her quite readily, and all nine kids follow her around as if they were her own. Of course, her official title in this capacity is Auntie...

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