The Goats in Pasture

19 Dec

I usually lock the goats off the pasture during the winter.  It lets the pasture rest and I don’t worry about the goats out there during hunting season.

goats in snowy pasture

With MJ staying on this side rather than going up north with Maxine and Norma Jean, I can’t keep them in.  MJ has always liked playing with gates, and it’s no challenge for him to open it and let everyone out to pasture.

snowy pasture with goats

I’m still feeding them hay to make sure nobody is starving, so this is just dessert for them.

goats browsing in snowy pasture

I guess it’s good to keep the goats occupied.  We don’t have so many spats with forty girls all locked up together.

doe goat in snowy pasture

I think we’d all be less cranky with some sunshine.

Boer goat in snowy pasture

White snow, white sky, and white goats make for hard photography.  Luckily Mary has a red head.  We’ve had a bit of sunshine, but it’s all while I’ve been at work this week, and now we’re looking at more cloudy, rainy and snowy weather this weekend.

Sharing with Friday’s Fences, Skywatch Friday and Farmgirl Friday.

46 Responses to “The Goats in Pasture”

  1. TexWisGirl December 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    mj helping out his much-smaller buddies. 🙂

    • Teresa December 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

      They’re warming up to the big guy, that’s for sure. 😉

  2. Laura Hegfield December 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    I’m glad they are enjoying this time to roam. We had some sun today, my husband and I took a walk as he is off, what a delight to be in sunshine amid the snow.

    • Teresa December 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

      We’ve had a bit of sun, but the short days mean it’s already nearly gone by the time I get home. Hopefully, we’ll have good weather while I’m on winter break.

  3. Sallie (FullTime-Life) December 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    It looks very beautiful there (you did great photographing that white — I can see details as well as the overall)….but it does sure look cold.

    • Teresa December 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

      Thanks. Our temperatures have been up and down lately, which is so hard on the animals.

  4. HansHB December 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Great contribution to SWF!
    Merry Christmas to you!

    • Teresa December 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

      Thanks, Hans. Merry Christmas to you too.

  5. Jocee December 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    The goats look great against the snow. Hope you get a bit of sun – it does make everyone feel better.

    • Teresa December 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

      I think we had our sun while I was at work. I missed it. 😦 We’re back to freezing rain now.

  6. Nancy @ A Rural Journal December 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Free roaming does much to keep everyone in a better mood I’ve found. 🙂

    • Teresa December 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

      Yes, they do get cranky when confined. It’s generally just for the winter. They aren’t spending a lot of time out there with the cold.

  7. Gemma Wiseman December 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    Goats and snow seems like such a strange combination to me. Love the goats wandering poses in these photos. T’hey seem quietly content.

    • Teresa December 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

      They are much happier out in pasture than shut in. They aren’t fond of the snow, however.

  8. eileen December 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    MJ is like the leader of the pack! I love all your cute goats, especially the redhead. Great post, have a happy weekend!

    • Teresa December 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

      Thanks, Eileen. Mary really is a beautiful girl.

  9. lina@women tips December 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Like seeing your lovely goats!

    • Teresa December 19, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

      Thanks so much!

  10. Pat December 19, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    Clever MJ!

    • Teresa December 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

      He’s always had fun playing with gates. Goofy guy!

  11. genie December 19, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Your “children” look very happy so being out there in the snow to play freely must be a good thing.

    • Teresa December 19, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

      They’d be happier if there weren’t snow, but the do like to get out there.

  12. artmusedog December 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Wonderful photos for SWF ~ hugs to you all and especially your ‘fur persons’ who can open gates ~ Merry Xmas ~ carol, xxx

    • Teresa December 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

      MJ is quite talented. They really don’t make anything to hold someone his size. 🙂

  13. bettyl-NZ December 19, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    The photos are lovely with the snow and they don’t look like they are worried about cold feet!

    • Teresa December 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

      They’d prefer not to have snow, but being out in pasture is still better than being shut in.

  14. anmol(alias HA) December 19, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Taking care of the goats seems quite exciting to me but of course, you actually know the truth of it. Wonderful photographs.

    • Teresa December 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

      I’m not sure exciting is a good word for the daily care, but it is a great lifestyle! Thanks for stopping by.

  15. Peter B December 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    They look fat and happy! That’s a cute redheaded goat!

    • Teresa December 19, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

      Thanks. They do enjoy being out there. They certainly aren’t in danger of starving. 🙂

  16. Steffi December 20, 2013 at 1:38 am #

    Wonderful photos!Have a nice weekend and Merry Christmas!

    • Teresa December 20, 2013 at 7:46 am #

      Thanks, Steffi. Hope you have a great weekend as well!

  17. Gabriella December 20, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    Nice to see that the goats can spend some time outside despite the snow. Thank you for your visit to my blog.

    • Teresa December 20, 2013 at 7:47 am #

      My pleasure to visit your blog. They really are happiest when they get to go browse the pasture.

  18. EG CameraGirl December 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    I bet the goats are loving being let out in the fresh air.

    • Teresa December 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

      They do like it, but we’ve got freezing rain today. They are more than happy to stay inside.

  19. Bethany December 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    They all look so happy in the snow! My goats are the most pitiful looking things when they come out to grab a drink or when I visit them and bring them some left over bread or whatever! I think they know it makes me feel bad when they act like that and then they get extra snacks or something! If it wasnt for my husband telling me a definite NO I think id let them live in the basement all winter! LOL! And we snow blow a path for them so it’s not like there hiking thru knee deep snow.
    Apparently my goats think they are divas… Who should get special treatment, like a special cushy pillow to lay on & there food served on a silver platter!! Haha

    Merry christmas 🙂

    • Teresa December 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      All goats are divas! I tend to scoop paths for them in the barnyard and overfeed them too.

  20. Mama Zen December 20, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    These are really pretty!

  21. Janis December 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    they sure do blend in with the scenery!

    • Teresa December 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

      It was very white last weekend. It is today too. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas, Janis!

  22. pattisj December 22, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    You’ve got your hands full with MJ, let alone the followers.

    • Teresa December 23, 2013 at 8:18 am #

      It does require a bit of extra care when they get old. He’s a sweet guy.

  23. s.c. December 27, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    Love the goats. All properly dressed for winter. Looking great and thanks for showing.

    • Teresa December 27, 2013 at 7:44 am #

      They do have quite thick winter coats to stay warm.

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