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The Oldest Goat

19 Dec

Well, it’s official.  At 13 1/2 years old, Dolly is the oldest goat I’ve ever had.

Rickie and Dolly were Bambi’s twins born June 3rd 2008.

She takes the title from Minnie Pearl who was also 13 1/2 when I lost her.

Minnie Pearl (4 Feb 2004 – 8 Aug 2017)

Dolly also has the distinction of having had the most kids of any goat here.  She’s had twenty-one kids.

She is also my last goat with the last name Street

And she’s been retired since Pluto.

Pluto

I’ve kept a lot of her descendants because of the good luck I’ve had with their ability to kid and be good milking does.

great-granddoe Perdita

I plan on continuing to spoil her forever.

Dolly Ann Street (3 Jun 2008 – )

If only I could be like Thor and have immortal goats.

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.