for people who love the littlest dairy goats
This has been a loooooong month. Well at least April was. I've filled out tons of applications for all sorts of jobs...degree related and not degree related. After all that time I only got 1 call for an interview. But it was an hour away and they only wanted to pay minimum wage for a job that averages $34,000 a year in this area. So, I laughed my way back to my car on that one, and didn't get a call back.
Just today I was thinking that I was running out of ideas where to apply, and I got a call about another job, which I have an Interview for tomorrow @ 9:30am. The pay is about 1.5 x per hour what I was getting paid at my previous job, and is full time rather than part time. It will cost more in gas, but should be worth it.
On Sunday I sold Oviedo as a wether to a couple with a pair of doelings, one of which they wanted to sell. I got up early and got everything ready. I wormed, trimmed hooves, copper bolused, banded, and tattooed him. They said they felt a lot better buying from me than the previous breeder, and they liked my pens...Thank you WG4 for giving me the idea:) In talking with them I figured they would try to talk the price down, so I inflated it a little so I would have some room to work with. As it turns out they did not try to negotiate at all. So I got an extra $25 for him than I was expecting.
I banded Santiago today since he keeps finding ways into the doe pen to nurse his mom. Waiting as long as I did (3 months) was a big enough risk, and hopefully nothing bad happens as a result. It's a darn shame too, as I would have liked to have seen what he could do as a herd sire, being so nice and everything....But there will be others I am sure. I will just keep him as the herd buddy, and he will go wherever he is needed...once he's too big to fit through the holes in the pens.
I have started drying off my does for breeding in June, and I am hoping for a much better milking season come October , than we had this time around. Its enough for us to drink but I still want to be able to make other dairy products too. Adults have responded well to the copper boluses, the hair looks better, and haven't needed to worm for 3 weeks, still watching the eyelids. I have not started doing my own fecal testes yet, but I have my microscope picked out. It's not expensive as decent microscopes go, but any money is a lot when you are not working, so I haven't made the investment. I did do the math though, and figured that doing a fecal every month for each of my goats at the vet VS buying equipment and doing it myself would indeed save me money. With my current herd size, it looks like I will spend about half to 2/3 less than I would at the vet after only a few months! Sometimes I wonder why I went into business rather than veterinary science...It fascinates me! This year has been a really big learning experience for me. God willing I will have a job next week.