Posts Tagged "Utah"

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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Utah’s Twins ~ 2009

Posted by on Mar 25, 2009 in Goat Kid, Spanish Goat, Spring | Comments Off on Utah’s Twins ~ 2009

Early this morning, Utah delivered beautiful twins in the pasture.  By the time the sun came over the horizon, she had them cleaned, dried, fed, and rested. What amazing colors!  The boy is a handsome bay red with black points and a dorsal stripe.  The little girl is a treat with a black base coat, red points, and spots on top of...

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