Can always use more small pens.
It is getting close to breeding season here and I have ten, yes, ten bucks. I raise three breeds and I have way too many bucks but then I have way too many does also. Soooo I talked Curt into adding a couple more small pens on the end of the four I already have out front. Four more and I will be all the way to the highway. These pens are really easy to do unless you are trying to dig post holes in ground that is hard as a rock. Or maybe that actually is rock. Didn't get very deep even with the post hole digger on the tractor so we have filled the holes with water and are waiting. And waiting. And waiting. The water isn't going anywhere fast. These pens are 16 x 20 and are the perfect size for the babies or a few young bucks or for breeding pens. Cattle panels are 16' plus 4' for the gate and you can see how easy they are to put together. That is, if we could dig a hole in the ground.
CH Patteran YMG Lil Xona is on the right and her 2012 daughter, Whiteoak-Bend Cadette C3, is on the left. They have the #1 and #2 spots in the milking line up. Since Cadette was bottle raised we can't figure out how they decided that they should be on the milk stands at the same time. Perhaps they are way smarter than we think.
It was a long trip to Fort Benning, GA and it seemed even longer coming home. BUT we would not have traded our experience for anything. Kyle was exhausted and wanted to eat 24/7 to make up for being in a semi-starvation mode while in the last phase. The boy knows the best places to eat though. I think I gained 10 pounds in three days so I best get back on plan pronto.
Even though we had to miss the National Dairy Goat Show to attend Kyle's Ranger School graduation, we have no regrets. There is always next year for the goats but this was a once in a lifetime experience for all three of us. If you have not had the privilege of attending a RS Graduation, I can assure you it was one of the most entertaining and informative graduation ceremonies I have ever attended. Then I got to pin the Ranger tab on my only child.............
I work part time as well as raise and show dairy goats and make and sell goat milk soaps and lotions. My life is BUSY!!