for people who love the littlest dairy goats
Its the first day of spring and I have finished the milking. Misty has been blatting since I went into the goat area. When she jumps off the milk stand and I put her in her pen she rushes outside and wades through belly deep snow towards the buck's winter pen. The bucks begin their vocalizing and I realize...no, I don't want a "through the fence" breeding. I catch her and lock the doors so she cannot get out. Poor girl she was really wanting a conjugal visit.…Continue
When I went out for chores this morning and to check on the week old triplets it was 10 below zero with a wind chill of -33. Those little ones were jumping around like it was summer! In the other pen there was a single doeling freshly arrived , full belly, dried off with her mom. I have the heat lamp on for her and she seems to be doing all right. I did give her a sweater as well.…Continue
In order to reduce my herd size due to illness that is sapping my energy I was able to make a trade. She got a doe back (that she had sold to me and dearly wanted back), a buckling and another doe. Both does were pregnant. I got two 8 week old does (full sisters to one of the does). They still need names.…Continue
Finnigan has grown by leaps and bounds. He has discover the cross piece on the perimeter fence. I watched him go up but decide not to jump out. I was pleased to see him turn around and come back down.…Continue
Westie didn't produce well her first freshening(Sept) and then backed up to the fence to be bred in Jan. She kidded in late May with quads. The three boys were sold as bottle babies and her daughter was left to nurse whenever she wanted. In the last week we have gone from .12 # of milk to 2# every morning (I only milk my does in the morning). Her baby is still with her but…Continue
Added by Jan on August 7, 2012 at 9:12am — No Comments
The window for cutting hay a week and a half ago closed quickly with several days of rain. However on Sunday our hay guy was able to get on the field and start mowing. Last night he baled up the first 12 or so bales just to make sure the baler was working right. (of course it needed adjustment!)
This morning we are looking at a full day of picking up and putting in the barn. He has about 1/3 of the field left to mow but wanted to get this stuff under cover before the next rain. Each…Continue
I cannot continue to put six quarts of milk in my fridge everyday.
My three goats have put me over the top. Unlike Deborah I haven't learned to make all kinds of cheese and with just two of us we really don't need it. I have made ice cream, yogurt, cajeta, soft cheese and frozen a lot. I have given some away and traded for eggs weekly. Still too much! My last freshened one is still nursing as well.
However...I am going to once a day milking with my two that…Continue
After a 360 mile round trip we are home with my new kids. Two bucklings and a doeling. Yuki above, Finnegan,next, and Guiseppe at the bottom.…Continue
Misty's daughter Hannah delivered this beautiful doeling at noon. She had her outside next to the fence in the wind and the cold. I brought her in and waited to see if there were any more. Apparently not. I named her Serafina.
Added by Jan on September 18, 2011 at 10:06am — No Comments
It is a wonderfully cool day after two scorchers.
Then we pulled the pea vines. They got those as well.
What happy goats we have!
Husband suggested that I add another milker to my herd if finances permitted since we now have more than enough hay. I have had a lot of interest in the milk in my community so I started looking. The first couple of places didn't have what I wanted. I finally located a pregnant FF 230 miles south of me. I went for her yesterday and brought her home today! She is due on September 10th. The wonderful owner gifted me with a second goat who might also be pregnant (she sure looks it). I am…Continue