This was a VERY competitive show with no less than 27 does in her class.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
On Monday, March 31, 2014, our nigerian dwarf doe "Lily" gave birth to four healthy bucklings. I was with her as she kidded, though she did not need any help from me this time. She pushed all four babies out in just seven minutes and was standing up to greet and feed them as soon as she was done.
These boys are the first born on our farm and will carry our herd name. They all weighed in above three pounds at birth.
We are in the ADGA Performance Plus Program this year which means we are participating in milk test, we are having the whole herd linear appraised, and we are proofing DNA for our herd leaders. Show season is just around the corner too. This summer is going to be really exciting, and a big learning experience for us.
We need to settle on names this week and get these boys registered so they'll be ready for all these adventures.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
My does had sonograms. Lily is ripe, carrying atleast two babies. I got to see their little fast pounding heartbeats on the sonogram screen. That was so cool.
The whole herd had physicals and had their annual lab tests and fecals.
Our Vet called me back yesterday to share the great news. The herd's fecals were clean. All CAE and CL test results were negative as well.
The best part for me, the new goat herd owner, was having the vet tell me that she loved our goat house and yard. It was the cleanest she's seen, and my herd have excellent body conditioning. Even with Miss Lily pregnant she still looks great. Thanks to those great Joyful Hearts/Rosasharn genetics.
They came to me starting in April of last year from healthy, established herds, and it feels good knowing that my hard work is keeping them healthy.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
We've still got a few kinks to work out in the arrangement of stalls, who goes where, how to set up what- where, but I can say that everyone is resting well and enjoying their new larger, warmer, more secure home tonight.
Jerry and I also made great progress today in the yard. We disassembled the old goat yard and began tilling and scraping the new goat pasture area. We ordered a few bags of pasture seed mix for small ruminants and are prepping the soil on about an acre of relatively flat hillside for our new goat pasture.
Have a HAPPY week friends.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
That's right! All day today I am posting clues hourly. PRIZES every hour!
All you need to do is HOP on over and JOIN the group if you haven't yet had a chance, and SHARE your favorite photos that match our clues. What could be simpler than that?
Whatcha waiting for? Hope to see ya there! HERE'S THE LINK!
Sunday, January 12, 2014
The GOAT BARN continues to take shape
thanks to my boys
when finished, it will be home to my little herd
My boys have managed to construct most of this barn from recycled construction materials found here at the farm
Everything but the nails, roof boards, and exterior plywood siding on the back are re-purposed. The siding on front and the two sides is re-purposed fencing from the back yard.
If the weather holds out, we may have goats inside sleeping in another week or so.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Our First Year With Dairy Goats
To ring in the New Year, I compiled a short video full of pictures I've taken during the last ten months of my first baby nigerian dwarf dairy goats, Addy and Moonie. They are the precious kids that started my addiction to goats.
They sure grow FAST. The first picture is from the beginning of April 2013 and the last image is from November 2013.
I hope you enjoy it.
I am linking up to share my farm babies on The Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop this week!