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The Kids’ Futures

15 Jul

It’s hard to believe that I’m already thinking about weaning and where all the kids will be going.  I have to say, it is the hardest part of goat farming.  I adore the kids, but if you have kids, they have to go somewhere or you’ll soon be overrun.  I’m thrilled that some of the kids have already found a forever farm where they will get to live as pets, and a couple more have already been spoken for.

Sandy

That’s the way I like to do it.  However, there are not a lot of people looking for pet goats.  The reality is that most of the goats will follow Nate.  When Joe and he came up from pasture yesterday morning, I had just enough time to load him and go to the sale barn.

young kids, Nate and Joe

It was a big sale with lots of vehicles in line to unload when I got there.

Even though I was fairly late, there were still plenty of sheep in the holding pens.

Nate was unloaded and went into a pen with some other goats.  I was glad there weren’t any big mean goats with him.

He was taking the whole thing in stride.

I went in to watch the sales.  It was horribly hot in the arena, but it’s still fun to watch.  I always love the sheep that go jumping through.  I can never seem to catch them though.

Finally, Nate came into the ring.  He weighed in at 60 pounds.  He was four and a half months old.

I was amazed as the bidding continued.  Of course, it was hard to understand the auctioneer, and I wasn’t sure I was hearing correctly.  He brought just over two dollars per pound.

Honestly, the goat market is crazy good right now, and I wish all the kids were his age, so I could sell them right now.  As it is, I’ll probably wean them as soon as I can and sell them.  This drought has been hard on the pasture, and the fewer goats on it, the better.

Chip

Luke

As it is eaten down, it makes the goats more susceptible to picking up parasites.  The no-kill on bacteria this winter also means we’ve had a respiratory infection going around.  I would like to sell them while they are healthy, before they pick up anything nasty.

Horton

The heat and not as high quality browse also makes it harder on the moms.  Poor Kizzy is struggling to feed herself and her kids.  I’ve had to try to wean her kids even though I like to let them stay with their maas until they are older.  Kizzy just can’t handle it.

Paul, Mary and Peter (in front)

Maybe next week, I’ll have several more to go to the sale barn.  If you think it’s horrible that they are going to the sale barn, just remember that they are loved and given the best care possible so that they are happy and healthy while they are here.  I love the little note going around Facebook right now that reminds people that they should thank a farmer if they’ve eaten today.  My little farm helps to feed the world.

Linking to Homestead Barn Hop.