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New Blood

25 Jul

I’ve been saying for several years that I need new blood for the goat herd, that is I need to buy a new buck.  I put it off when I got the diagnosis of copper deficiency because I wanted to get that under control first. Then there was a pandemic.  After selling Tiger, I hit the point of critical need for new blood.  See every buck I have is an Osboer.  Xerxes is a Fionn baby.  I love Xerxes, but he sometimes gives me tiny kids; he sometimes gives me huge kids.  In Maisie’s case, he gave me the extremes in one birth.  I would like to quit breeding him because of this.  I would sell him, but he’s crazy wild.  I would just have to shoot him to get him off the farm, so  I guess he’s going to stay here and mostly live a contented life (but not get as many girls as he would like).

Xerxes (an old picture because he thought it was too hot for a photo shoot)

Then there’s Freddie.  He is also a Fionn baby, my last Fionn baby.  He is the one I would use for most of my breeding because he should have more consistently sized kids.  He’s more meat goat, and if you want goats to sell well, you want them to be meat goats.  The only problem with him is that he’s solid white.  People want the traditional Boer look.  He will stay for another year though because he’s also my insurance for getting my perfect kid.

Freddie

I also am keeping Frodo for now.  He is going to breed Pretzel to give me the perfect kid.  Then he’ll get sold.  Ideally, his kid will be my next Osboer buck that is my forever buck.

Frodo fighting with Missy

Since I sold Tiger, I need a new buck to breed my Osboer girls.  I have several girls from Fionn.

Venus Osboer with this year’s kids Rajah (on the left) and Abu (on the right)

I decided to go to the sale barn on Saturday to see what prices were like because it’s been a long time since I watched a sale.  It was horribly hot (101°F feels like temperature).  I mean it was hot enough to melt a llama (just ask Maybeline if you don’t believe me).

Maybeline

That is really not the time to bring home an animal because it’s already a horribly stressful thing for them. But, I couldn’t pass up this deal.

Freshly arrived at Eden Hills

He weighed 90 pounds.  I’m guessing he’s about the same age as Freddie (a yearling).  He was clean and moved well and was really calm.   Even when I reached in the pen when we got home, he just looked at me. He was clam all the way until I got in the cage to put a collar and lead on him.

And I dropped the leash and had to catch him again to take it off.

Of course, he was facing a barking dog,

Sky

squawking geese,

nasty gander

sniffing llamas,

Odie

the scent of two other bucks,

Freddie and Xerxes (old picture because it was really hot)

and a completely new place in oppressive heat.  I suppose that would terrify anyone.  I finally got him to the greenhouse, and he’s starting to calm back down.

He won’t take a peanut yet, but we’ll keep working on that.

I even put a tarp up for him to stand outside and get a bit of shade in the afternoon and still be able to catch whatever breeze there might be.

I think he looks pretty sweet.

Benji

Meet Benjamin Butterboer (aka Benji).

Around the Farm

24 Jul

I think I’ve decided that the three goslings who hatched this spring are two girls and a gander.

Just some more of the goats.

The goats in pasture

Aladdin and Jasmine

Sidney feeding Thunder (and Lightning in back)

Coral eating those horrible thorny plants

The bucks seem to be starting to come into rut.  Oh lovely smells.

Freddie

Xerxes

We have had some beautiful sunsets recently.  This is partly due to the smoke in the air with the wildfires out west.

sunset over the beans

Another sunset in pasture

I’m going to try to improve on this windmill picture.

It’s been a while since I did much wandering around the farm just to take some pretty pictures.  The deer has made that pretty easy though.

It really doesn’t have any fear of me.  It’s heard me and smelled me since it was born.

I try to stay a respectful distance, and it doesn’t seem to care.

I do think it’s found the bucket of water I put out there.  That’s a good thing since we’re still hot and dry.

Three Updates

16 Jul

Pretzel is doing well.  She loves her bottle.

Pretzel

Sometimes, I let her come in and drink straight from her grandma, Astra.  I can’t believe how good Astra is about doing that.

Astra has been amazing with her grandkid!

She is a very happy, bouncy little girl.

Pretzel meeting Maisie’s doe, Tara

I’m also happy that she is going out to pasture on the Back Forty with the herd.

Pretzel in front; Joani & Glover; on the rock: Myson, Tawny, Lemuel, Jack Frodo, Rosie and Hilda beside it

This will keep her in the herd and help her learn to eat and develop her rumen.

muddy head from playing in the ditch

I noticed one day that I had a goose missing.  She showed back up and was gone for a couple more days.

Six of the seven enjoying their corn

That meant I needed to find where she was nesting.  Sadly, by the time I found her, she was already really sitting.  I’m hoping to find someone who might want to take whatever she hatches.  These geese are such terrorists, I’d almost be happy to find them all a new home.

Between Tiger’s first visit to the vet (for the diarrhea meds) and his second visit to begin kitten shots, he gained quite a bit of weight.  In eight days, he gained 14 ounces.  It’s nice to know all the food I’m giving him is doing some good.  He is also growing into a very good helper.  He likes to help me knit.

testing how snuggly soft the blanket is

He was checking the tension on my weaving.

Oh, he likes to help with so many things!

helping with this blog post

I’m glad he’s actually acting like a kitten now.

But I’m not sure my plants are going to survive this.