Posts Tagged "Star"

Video ~ Do You Know Where Your Kids Are?

Posted by on Apr 29, 2010 in Goat Video, Spring, Visions of Sugarplums | Comments Off on Video ~ Do You Know Where Your Kids Are?

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. Annie and Star have come in from the field and realize that they do not have their kids. Luckily, I have already gone out and fetched them in. Once I started recording the reunion, I was curious to see just how long they let the kids nurse. You’ve got to love those wagging little...

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Star’s Buckling ~ 2010

Posted by on Apr 13, 2010 in Dairy Goat, Goat Kid, Spring | Comments Off on Star’s Buckling ~ 2010

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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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Shining Star

Posted by on Feb 26, 2009 in Dairy Goat, Goat Kid, Visions of Sugarplums, Winter | 6 comments

Our beautiful Star is growing up so quickly.  Here she is at just eight to ten weeks old! She is as sweet and friendly as can be.  I attribute it to cuddling and playing since she was born.  When I am holding the kids, I won’t let them go if they are wiggling and squirming – I’ll wait until they calm down and are quiet before I release them. I think this is also the reason I have almost no trouble putting Star up at night.  When all of the Dairy Girls get evening hay, she gets hers in her “nursery” (large dog crate inside the barn) and she sleeps right next to mama.  At three months old, it’s just routine for her, and she walks into the crate on her own when I lead her inside.  The reason for this is that I milk her mother, Leah, in the morning.  If Star were allowed to stay with Leah overnight, there wouldn’t be any milk left!  Never fear though, Star is eating well during the day, and might even outgrow Leah! Treats are another way to make the kids more tame, although I don’t generally bring treats to them by hand – I don’t want them thinking I have something to eat constantly.  I figure that would be like a horse with treats, and eventually you end up getting your finger bit!  A couple of other does that were bottle raised by the gal who sold them to me are constantly nibbling and looking for something in my hand and trying to stand up on me.  I love them dearly, but that really drives me nuts. If I have tasty treats, they go in the...

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