My first and maybe only Alpine doeling for 2014. I have one more chance in June. She was born March 20, 2014 and caused us some problems. Her feet were out but it turns out that her head was tucked under. Had to push her back in and get her head up right. When doing this we heard a loud pop and thought we had broken the kid's neck. No she was fine but Xona is not so good. The pop was her hip. She is getting up and down and can walk but she sure has a swollen stifle. She is eating well but I have to milk her on the ground and she is a big producer. Second one born was a buck and he too had to be rearranged to be born. Bad kids. Causing us all kinds of worries. Both kids will be retained.
X as I call her is one of my first does to earn her milk star this year. The records have finally filtered down to ADGA and she has become a GCH. Dream-Fire LOX Almost Amy and Companeros Kojack Patty joined her in the star milker category. The rest of the herd will get there as the records are submitted.
I moved X to the maternity pen this morning as she is due to kid next week. I am very excited about this kidding as X is AI'ed to Sand Dance HLS Rico Suave'. I actually want a buck out of this breeding so I will be thrilled with one but not so thrilled with three. X had triplets two years ago with an AI breeding - 2 bucks and a doe. I would be happy with a repeat of that performance.
Three years ago I traded a LaMancha doeling for Basil. Gil Rogers showed her for me at the HLSR when she was a yearling and again this year when she barely made it into the 2 year old class. She is a FF and will be 3 on March 10th. I was about to give up on her when her pregnancy test finally came back positive. Thank you Basil.
Basil placed first in her class and was at a disadvantage in the lineup for Grand and Reserve being an almost three year old FF. But I think she has a future in the show ring and am very happy with her performance. And a big THANK YOU to Gil Rogers for showing Basil.
I think it looks great. The open space is for a 16 foot gate so we can drive in from the oilfield road if we need to. It is easiest for me to go down the road, circle around and drive in the side with the horse trailer than try to drive in the driveway and back it up to where it belongs. Gooseneck trailer and backing are not a good combination for me. The fence is also completed across the front and next is the new buck pen. I am loving the new fence. Doesn't take a lot to make me happy. Maybe a new goat but not for now.
Curt decided to retire effective December 31, 2013 and did not return to school after the holidays. This is his second week of freedom and he is busily getting things done that have been neglected for far too long. New fence down the oilfield road is first on the list. All of the trash trees have been pulled up by the roots and the cedar trees trimmed up as they are staying. Next will be post holes, The tractor will be doing the hard labor and luckily the ground is wet so it might be softer unless he hits rock which is likely. Since this isn't really fencing anything in, he will be using woven wire. The other side of the oilfield road is the neighbor's hay field and he sometimes turns his cows into it. Our garden is in the front starting at the cedar tree. Busy busy January. When this is finished the buck pen will get started. The boys are moving out front since our house is set back from the road we had a lot of wasted space. Now we are going to use it although we may change our minds if the boys cause trouble in public view. We will at least have another small pasture for something.
My Rio Grande Wild Turkey Tom has found a new way to scare the chickens. When he does this all the hens run hide out in the hen house where the nest boxes are. I thought all of my hens had vanished when I went to gather eggs this evening. All I saw was Tom and the two turkey hens. When I opened the door to the hen house I was surprised to find at least 30 of my hens hiding out. They weren't impressed with the turkey tom strutting around with his pretty feathers all fluffed out. I am not sure the turkey hens were all that impressed either as they were having a snack from the hanging feeder. Looks like Tom has been in the mud too by the looks of his feet.
Here is our 2013 son and dog picture. Trying to keep up with the tradition.Every year we take a picture of Kyle and his dog with her antlers. On the off chance he does not see this, I am going to show you the last few years of our photos. Same son, different dog. I managed to get them out of order but I labeled them. I also seem to have misplaced a few years but you get the idea.
What does this have to do with goats?? I raised Kyle on goat milk so you can see how healthy he is.
Lynnhaven JBN Caramel Crunch would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. She was very sweet to wear the Santa hat and pose for her Christmas portrait.
She is bred to Lynnhaven KT A TX Tornado for March 2, 2014 kids. I have a little doeling that was born in July from Caramel so I am looking forward to another doe. Caramel is still milking as she started later than most of the rest of the herd. We are looking forward to this year's show season.
Son sent me a picture of his newly decorated home after his first night sleeping on his blowup mattress and having exactly zero furniture. He has a pillow, a bath mat and a Christmas stocking to complement the blowup mattress.
Yes, the mortgage company and the bank of mom and dad along with Kyle managed to come up with enough money for son to purchase his first house. That means I will never be able to entirely retire but he is our only child. He is just getting his inheritance early.
Now I wonder what we can get him for Christmas?? What more could he need??
I am not sure how to describe her other than a rescue goat. I volunteered to take her and I won't go into why or where but she is here and doing great.
The first thing I did was treat her for lice. She had a pretty severe case. Then I put a ginormous goat coat on her and since it has an adjustable strap that goes around her middle she can't get it off. It has been cold here and she has no extra meat on her bones thus the coat. She spent three days in the milk room as that was the warmest place I had where she could be kept alone. She was offered coastal, sudan or alfalfa hay, three kinds of goat feed, loose minerals and warm water whenever I checked on her.
When she started tearing up the milk room we decided it was time to go out with the herd. She is in a pen of my smallest kids and has seven roommates. What has surprised me is that the other kids have left the coat alone. They seem to know that she needs it and they don't. Maybe they also realize they are getting alfalfa because of her. I think she is a survivor and is on the road to recovery and should do nicely here. She is pushing her way to the feed trough and doesn't get left out at feeding time.