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Last Names

7 Aug

In addition to my Osboer goats that I talked about yesterday, I’ve had several other lines.  My first buck that wasn’t an Osboer was Grover.  He was named when I was on a roll of names from Sesame Street, so his last name was Street.

Grover Street

I have only one Street goat left on the farm–Dolly.  She wasn’t Grover’s kid, but she came from Millie and Grover’s boy Bam Bam.  She’s the only kid I kept from Bam Bam.  I can’t believe she’s my last Street girl.  There were a lot of them.

Dolly Ann Street

After Grover, I got Jack Blackboer.  He was naturally polled, but he also carried a genetic defect that caused me to lose kids, so I sold him and didn’t keep many of his kids.

Jack Blackboer

The only two left are Casey and Bambi.

Casey Blackboer

Bambi Blackboer

Although, I do have four grandkids from him:  Cinnamon, Haley, Coral, and Victoria. [Edit: and Chiffon. How could I forget Chiffon?]

Cinnamon Blackboer

Beoris van de Yell was the next buck.  He was here for several years, but he gave me kids with huge heads, so I decided not to breed with him anymore.

Boeris van de Yell

I still have several van de Yell girls–Maisie, Joani, Reva, Gidget, Wanda, and Hilda.

Maisie

Joani

Reva

Gidget

Wanda

Hilda

By this time, I was milking mostly Boer goats, and they are meat goats, so I brought home Sam Goodberry.  He gave me most of my milking girls.

Sam Goodberry

I still have quite a few of his kids (and some grandkids).

Cutie Pie Goodberry

With selling Tiger, I won’t have any new Goodberry kids born on the farm (I don’t plan on keeping any of his bucks, but we’ll see if I want an insurance buck for making the perfect kid).

Lemuel Goodberry

That means all of my kids next year will be Osboers and for the first time we’ll have Butterboer kids from Benji.

Benji Butterboer

I’m excited to see what his kids will look like.

Sam Goodberry

27 Mar

Sam is the most misnamed good there has ever been.  I don’t know if it’s because he’s purebred or what, but he’s struggled with worms more than any other goat on the farm.  Between this horrible winter and his predisposition to worms, he lost his battle.

Sam Goodberry (2015 – 27 March 2018)

Millie and Sam

I’m so sorry, Sam.  He gets to rejoin his honorary grandmaamaa, Millie.

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Unmixing the Goats

29 Jan

You might have guessed from my three little girls’ letter that I removed the girls from their pens with the bucks.  It had been right at three weeks, so they should have all had a chance to come into heat.  If not, I’m not kidding into July, so they’ll get the year off or retire.  I really do wish the goats could make things easier when we try to do things like this.  The three little girls really did make it difficult to get them out of the pen with Xerxes, but I did finally entice them to come out.

Dolly with girls Sidney and LilyAnn

Haley and Harley were easy to get out of the buck pen with Fionn.  Victoria and Reva were not too bad.

Harley

Cookie was a pain.  She ended up hanging out with Fionn by herself for a while.

Cookie

I caught Sam and trimmed his hooves before I put him back up with Xerxes.  I just left the Love Shack gate open, and that means Vinnie was back with the rest of the girls.

Sam

Then I finally got Cookie to come out.

Finally, that meant all the girls were back in the main barnyard where I wanted them!

Unfortunately, it was late enough in the day by the time I got all of this done that the goats didn’t go back out to pasture.  That means I had to leave Fionn all by himself for the night.

Fionn

I wasn’t about to try to walk him through the whole herd after the fat boy wethers tried playing with Sam while I was walking him.

Myson and Casey (aka brothers from another mother)

Because those boys were really wound up with all the changes going on.