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Next Step for the Perfect Kid

3 May

This year was a good year for my plan of trying to create the perfect kid–one descended from my 15 original lines.  Most of the girls had twins that were one buck and one doe.  That gave me a lot of choice.  I need four goats to pair up to give me two kids next year.  Those two kids will then make the perfect kid.

Daisy feeding Chrys and Poppy

As I look to this year’s kids, I am making my choices.  First up is Onyx.  From the moment I saw her, I wanted to keep her.  I’m hoping her feet are good, and then she will be here forever.

Onyx

I plan on breeding her to Tiger.  He has blood from outside the farm, which is good to help with genetic diversity.  He is a combination of Boer and Nubian, which will add some good blood to the original fifteen lines.

Tiger

Next up is Ava’s boy Freddie.  He is a really nice big buck.  He’s not very friendly, but after I breed with him, he’ll get sold, so I’m not too worried about how friendly he is.  And he isn’t horrible.  I can pet him when he feels like it.

Fannie and Freddie

Freddie is going to get bred to Hilda.  She hasn’t had her baby yet this year, and I wouldn’t be able to use her baby for breeding next year, so I will just breed Hilda to him.

Hilda

As crazy, bratty, wild as she is, I wouldn’t have kept Hilda, but she was nicer than her twin sister, and I didn’t have any other choices for keeping a descendant from Minnie Pearl, who was my herd queen and one of my first milking does.

Minnie and her granddoe Helen, Hilda’s maa

Hilda better have a tame kid with Freddie because she is way too wild, and I’m tired of wild, bratty goats.

Good-byes

8 Aug

The last of my original Saanen girls, Minnie Pearl, joined her sisters today.

Minnie Pearl Saanen Feb 2004 – 8 Aug 2017

I miss you all.

Minnie, Millie, Meg, Maddie, Cutie

I also lost Kizzy today.  She was a beautiful Valentine’s Day baby, born when it was -6*F (-21.1*C).

She is the one who gave me all the beautiful spots.

Three Generations: Blaze, Gidget, and Kizzy

I miss you all.  Every day.

Old Goat’s Home

16 Apr

Minnie Pearl is feeling all of her thirteen years.  It’s hard to go out to pasture all day, so she was staying in the barnyard in the afternoon.  I decided to give her some hay since she was the only goat up here.  The llamas showed up.

Then there were a few sprinkles, so the rest of the goats came back up.  You’ll notice that Minnie is nowhere near her hay.

I’m pretty sure Maybeline is not happy with me taking a picture of her stuffing her face, but that’s what she gets for stealing Minnie’s hay.

So where is Minnie?  I put her in the north paddock.

I was hoping to wait another week or so to let it grow out more (since I just took the bucks off there), but she needs it.

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt. I have this week’s items listed at the top of my side bar.