Tag Archives: selling goats

Selling Bucks

9 Aug

With the boys getting big, I decided I needed to sell them before I ended up with another January oopsie baby.  I also have some moms who just need to get their kids off of them.

Bambi

I shut ten boys in the Love Shack.

My nephew came in the morning, and we loaded them up to take them to the sale.

When I shut the boys in, I finally managed to catch Cher and put her up north.

Cher

I’ll worry about getting the girls sold after I don’t have to worry about the boys.

Addie

Fannie, Six, and Cher

Reva with Butterscotch

I still have four boys out running around with the herd.

Festus, Hera, and Ares

Tiger, of course will get to stay, but he does need to get away from the girls.

Tiger

I also have Milo who I already have with Xerxes and Freddy.

Milo

Hopefully, next week I can get rid of the rest of the boys.

Joy with Seven

Then I will just have the little boys from May and June.  They have a little while before I have to separate them from the girls.

Selling, Weaning, Moving, and Milking

28 Jun

I started milking with Ava.  I wanted to ease into milking to get my hands back in shape.  I must say, they’ve done well.

Ava

That means I was ready to add more girls to be milked, and that means I had to start shuffling goats.  First, I let Margarita and Joy out with their kids.

Margarita

Instead of being on the front pasture and in the buck room, they got put back with the main herd.

Joy and Seven (Sidney behind them)

I only have the small buck room on the front pasture for shelter, and I had to put kids in there to keep them weaned.

Fannie, Freddie, Avril, Jester, Joker, and Six

I added both Astra and Cinnamon’s kids.  They joined Freddie and Fannie.

Six trying to figure out how to get back to her maa.

Antigone and Aphrodite are still there with their kids too, but they will get moved when I need the space.  I also need to make sure Kate and Edith will be able to keep up in the Back Forty.

Antigone with Kate and Edith (nursing)

Then I started milking Cinnamon and Astra.

Cinnamon

Astra

Before I could wean more kids, I had to sell Uno.  I need to put my little bucks up with Xerxes, and Uno is really big.  He was picking on Freddie for the few minutes he was with him.  Uno needs to find a forever farm.

Uno (with Xerxes in the background)

I also sold Marge.  She was not intended to be a keeper, and it’s the pandemic that delayed her being sold.  My nephew came and helped me tag and load them.

Uno and Marge ready to leave the farm

It was a rainy trip, but I managed to get them hauled to the sale barn Saturday morning.

Waiting to unload behind some sheep

With them gone, I can next add Zinnia and Cutie’s kids to the group that got weaned, and I can start milking both of them.

Cutie always has the most cud-stained mouth and beard.

That will be five girls.  I’m already getting five quarts per day with just the three girls.  It should probably double when I add those two.

2 1/2 quarts–the morning milking

That’s a lot of milk.

draining chevre

I’ve started making cheeses–first up is chevre.

Selling More Kids

10 Nov

We had a pretty nice day on Saturday.  Actually, it was really nice!

It’s not looking good for many more of those, so I enlisted the help of my nephew, and we tagged and loaded out eight of the girls.

Socks, Poki, Snow White, Angela, Daliah, Button, Penny and Venus

Penny was in there when I shut the girls in along with Moira and Venus, but they didn’t get sold.

Wendy, Moira, Penny, Button, Tink, Daliah, Venus, Angela, Socks, Poki, Snow White

I only have three March kids left on the farm, and they are all staying: Moira, Bubbles, and Penelope.

Bubbles (Maa Mary behind)

I still have a few June kids here too.  I will try to sell the two boys next weekend.  Then I have to decide who (if any) of the girls I’m keeping.

Ringo

I still adore Joy and want to keep her, but she’s not making it easy.

Zinnia and Joy

I also like Chiffon, but she’s another snooty little girl.

Chiffon

I do think I’ll keep Venus.

Venus

Although, I always reserve the right to change my mind.