|One Stripe's name comes from that little white stripe on her side.|
|Copper is in the back looking over everyone.|
Our young does are growing nicely. Bill will be turned in with them on November 1st. The girls will be eight months old and ready to breed. Cricket is friendly and the biggest of the three. Penny is just as friendly as her mother, Copper. Lady Bug is a pretty girl, but is still pretty stand-offish. If she doesn't come around and get easier to handle, she will be sold after she has her babies. Training her to milk may gentle her down some, we will see.
|One Stripe with the two wethers on either side|
|An example of the small sheds|
We hope to butcher our three older wethers soon. They are way past the age we would normally do it, but it just hasn't gotten done yet. We are out of red meat in the freezer and it will be nice to have some of our own again. We chose goats because of the smaller carcass size. We don't need as much milk as a cow would provide. The meat you get from butchering a goat will be easier to process and preserve when we no longer have access to refrigeration or freezers.
There are always hooves to be trimmed and chores to do when it comes to having goats. Sometimes when they won't cooperate or bellow all the time, they are a real pain and we don't appreciate them as much. That's a nice way to say they drive us crazy. It's interesting to watch animal behavior. If one runs, they all run, if one starts screaming, another one may join in, kind of like people. And I bet if we gave one of them a TV, they would all want a TV, or a free phone. I don't see the government out here handing out free goat feed. How come some people get things that are 'free', and others have to pay for those things that are 'free' that they don't get? So much for my mini rant.
Sometimes plans with the goats just don't work out the way we would like, but, in the long run, they provide milk, butter, cheese, meat and dog food for our little homestead, and that is part of our long term plan. And it is a good plan. A plan to survive.
Until next time - Fern