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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.

Back Together Again

27 Apr

I opened the barnyard up to let all the goats back together again on Thursday.  It took everyone a while to figure it out.  Even after most of them ended up in the Back Forty on Friday morning, Astra was still on the front pasture with her little girl.  I got her to come up to the barnyard, but she was attacked by all three kids as soon as she got to the barnyard.

Astra, Joker, Avril, and Jester

When I was trying to show her she could go to the Back Forty, everyone else came up.

Myson, Caroline, and LilyAnn

Caroline and Myson are always first; LilyAnn was on a mission.  She had left Tish up here, and she needed to feed her girl.

LilyAnn feeding Tish

Since I didn’t give them grain, it wasn’t long before everyone went back out to pasture!  Then I tried to move the bucks back onto the front pasture, but the rest of the herd heard me and came back up.

Xerxes

Luckily, I had put my panel across, so they had to stay on the other side, and I could still move my boys.

Moose and Uno wondering why they can’t get through.

Fionn and Xerxes know the routine: follow me where I want you to be and then you can have the food.

Fionn and Xerxes

Some goats might have been jealous.

Myson

Finally, I just had to remove the panels by the cattle tank.  The lazy ones will appreciate not having to go all the way back up to the barn to walk through to the other side.

Jester

In a couple of weeks, I’ll see about moving Maggie and Harley up where the two bucks were.

Maggie

I need to let the grass grow out for a little while first.  Then I should be done moving goats for most of the summer!