Sunday, March 1, 2009

There is a general rule with my herd of goats. We all stick together.

And they mean with EVERYTHING.

Take this morning for instance;
Since early this AM 6 does have kidded out 9 kids. Only two of which are bucks. Peaches (twin does), Charlotte (peaches daughter, 1 doe 1 buck), Shoshana (peaches granddaughter, single [black?] doe), Jade (totally unrelated, single doe), Capers (Charlotte daughter, peaches granddaughter, twin does), Shikari (unrelated/ different breed, single HUGE ASS buck). We only have 2 does left to kid, another Peaches daughter and one more of the other breed. Both have milk so? Anytime is my guess.

We call this 0-60 in two-point-two-seconds.

So lets go back to the fact that all of the "Peaches clan" are kidding together, which means in my mind they must be cycling together, is this genetic? Based on birth date?

Peaches and Charlotte kidded at EXACTLY the same time last year too. Not sure how that worked since they were bred to the same buck... Oh wait, they were this year too.

Frankly my bucks were damn busy 148-154 days ago.

Shohana has a very small udder with a tremendous amount of milk. For a first freshening first milking udder. VERY SMALL. Like.. I'm not even sure where that milk is coming from, her udder must be internal....small.

Jade has a very nice first freshening udder. I wish there was more GOAT here. She's short and short and WOW there is alot of HAIR on that goat! Her dam was short and short so it's not a great suprise but her sire was LONG and TALL. I'm not sure that part of her growth problem wasn't ME, so we'll see how this kid turns out. She and her daughter are my only purebred does left.

Capers I'm glad I kept one more year. Last year her udder was crap. This year her body has deepened, her udder is very much improved and smooth smooth fore. Well for now, I find that when they are first fresh their udders look great, and then the edema and swelling subsides and your left with Ehhhh.

The others arn't first fresheners and I know what to expect from them. Peaches will pout that I took her kids and stop milking in exactly 4 months and we don't care because as you can see from above we like everything she puts on the ground. Charlotte will milk like a cow and milk until I tell her to stop, but since this is the first year I've taken away ALL of her kids, she's going to bitch at me very single step of the way. She's also a little slow coming into her milk. Her udder was not full of colostrum like I was hoping. She's usually my reserve for the freezer. Shikari is milking very well and so far has a really nice udder for her breed. I'm not unhappy at all. She also reserved her spot in the herd for another year since she gave me a buck.

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