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Xerxes’ Kids

12 Nov

I know I’ve said before that I never know what size of kid I’m going to get from Xerxes. He is a pretty big buck.

Xerxes Osboer

His dad was a big buck.

Fionn

However, his mom was quite small and fine in her build.

Coffee with Mocha and Java (2012)

I kept him because I thought I’d be more likely to get small kids from him with his mom being sooo small.  But I never know what I’m going to get from him.

Butterscotch and Scooter (from Reva and Xerxes)

This might illustrate the extremes.  Onyx was born last March; Purl was born last June.  They are both Xerxes girls.

Onyx and Purl

They both have big moms.

Hilda (Purl’s maa) and Victoria (Onyx’s maa)

They are the only two girls I kept from Xerxes last year.  Honestly, Onyx is the smallest and Purl is the largest of the girls I kept last year.

2TC (my oopsie girl who came from Tootles); behind her is Joy, another small Xerxes girl.

In the photo below, Coral (10 1/2 years old) is in front; three yearlings are in the middle (2TC, Popcorn, and Purl) and two-year-old Venus and Penelope are in the back.  Purl is a big girl.

I seriously never know what I’m going to get from him.

The Osboers

6 Aug

I had someone ask me about my Osboer goats, and it made me realize that I haven’t talked about last names in a long time.  My first buck was a three-quarters Boer goat who came with the name Ozzy.  He was named after Ozzy Osbourne, and I changed that to reflect his breed.  He became Ozzy Osboer.

Ozzy Osboer

All of his kids had that last name, and after I sold him, I kept one of his kids, Goliath.

Goliath Osboer

I still have one of Goliath’s kids–Flower.

Flower Osboer

I still have tons of Osboer goats though because I will always have a buck.  After Goliath was Marley.

Marley

The only kid of his left on the farm is Myson.

Myson Osboer

Marley’s boy, Fionn, has given me more kids than any other buck.  Before I lost him, he gave me 229 kids.

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Fionn Osboer

In the last few years, I kept some of his girls.  There are quite a few of his descendants on the farm, including a couple of oopsie grandbabies.

Bubbles Osboer

I also have two of his bucks.  The first is Xerxes.

Xerxes Osboer

I’ve already kept a few of Xerxes kids too.

The acrobatic Purl Osboer (Myson looking on)

The second is Fionn’s last buck, Freddie.

Freddie Osboer

I’ll keep Freddie for another year, but his little buck, Frodo, will be used to make my perfect kid.  My hope is that this perfect kid will be a buck.  It will be my 7th generation of Osboer bucks.

Frodo Osboer

In addition to my Osboer bucks, I’ve had several other lines.  I’ll share those tomorrow.

Fionn MacCumhaill Osboer

10 May

I have  a short list of goats who I know will not be with me a lot longer.  We said Good-bye to Maggie and Harley on Friday.  Today, when I went out to do chores, Fionn was gone.  Being in rut is really hard on the boys, and Fionn turned nine in March.  That’s old for a buck, and add the issues we’ve had with copper into the mix, and I don’t know how he ever lived this long.

He was the sweetest buck you could ever hope to find.  Really.  He was my bottle kid, but he was universally accepted on the farm; he frequently snuggled with Pebbles and her triplets from that year (including Cinnamon).

Pebbles, Bullwinkle, Fionn, Cinnamon and Rocky

He has given me 229 kids through the years.  If Joani is bred for June, he’ll add to that number.

Bonnie and Fionn in 2018

My beautiful, handsome buck.

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Fionn last April

My heart is breaking.