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Turning the Goats Out

19 Jul

As much as the goats love going out to the big pasture, you’d think I could open the gate, say “Come on goats” and that would be it.  Cutie just stood and looked like I was a fool talking to myself (there might be some truth to that).

Cutie

Even though Cookie had her head through the fence, I could not convince her to come up to where the gate was open.

Cookie

Finally, Odie saw me.  That was all it took.

Odie looking out to pasture

Maybeline was quick to join her.

Maybeline and Odie checking out the added territory

Of course, the goats immediately had to explore next to the barn where they were not allowed to be.

Cutie and Cinnamon lead the way

Cutie found some tasty weeds

Cinnamon feasting on nettle

Haley climbing the concrete to find a good treat

Flower working on scrub mulberry

Everyone seemed more interested in the dead brown trees than anything else.  Go figure.

Odie and Maybeline found it first

Aurora and some of the goats joined them later

It’s going to take me a while to get used to seeing goats in all that extra space.

Coral, Flower, Cinnamon, Cutie and Haley

I’m probably going to go racing out to get them out of the buffer strip for quite some time.

More of the Goats on the Front Pasture

9 Jul

Antigone got to rejoin the rest of the herd.

Antigone

Maybe they’ll get it eaten down enough that I can actually see her girls to take their picture.

Antigone and her girls

Kate and Edith

Antigone is already teaching them to keep the fences clear.

Edith, Kate and Antigone

Cookie walking in the tall grass

Cookie

Astra keeps gaining more of her kids trailing after her.  I have decided to give up milking her anyhow because she must have been weaning them.  I wasn’t getting hardly anything from her.

Astra followed by Jester and Avril

Casey is tall enough to reach higher into the tree.

Poor Purl got separated from her mom and brother.  She was standing on the fallen limb trying to see them.

Purl

I gave her a lift to find them.  Well, she found her brother, and that made her happy.

Pluto, Purl and Stitch

Ava was chowing down.  I did however not get milk from her or Cinnamon the next day, so I had to re-wean their kids.

Bambi and Pluto were slowly working their way down the fence.

Purl, Trace, Cinquain, Bambi, Ruby, and Pluto

They are happy with all this tall stuff, except poor Six and Fannie who are stuck in the Love Shack (Freddie is with Xerxes and Milo).

Six (standing) and Fannie

At least my tarp is working to give them shade.

The Goats Go to the Front Pasture

8 Jul

Considering Hera and Caroline can find a tiny spot to get through a fence, I figured the goats would find the big open gates, and I was right.

Haley and Joani coming back into the barnyard

The first thing they did was feast on the weeds south of the buck room.

My pastures are beautiful grass.  People are always asking how I get my pastures so clean.  It’s simple.  The goats like to eat all the weeds.

Here’s Casey working on thistle control.  Thank heavens they like eating thistles!

It only took a couple of minutes for Avril to find her mom and start nursing.

Astra and Avril

The next order of business was checking out the trees.

Haley and Moose

They also check the fences to see what they can reach.

They will keep all the trees away from the fences.

It’s important work.

Blaze

Daisy and Freddie were working on the wild grape vine.

Daisy and Freddie

Pretty soon they’ll actually make it to the bottom part of the pasture where it’s just thick grass.

I have to say, I was surprised that Cinnamon and Ava did not have their kids nursing.

Ava with a full udder; Cinnamon behind her

I didn’t separate them again, but I still got all of my milk.