A very fluffy Eve peeks out at the frozen landscape.
No new snow since Friday, but it hasn't warmed up enough to melt yet either. At 10pm last night the tempurature was 9 degrees and at 8am this morning it was a grand 6 degrees! Quite possibly a record low!
All of the critters are doing well, the humans however are exhausted from hauling hot water for all of them. But as always we do our best to make our critters comfortable.
In other news, Maple's first daughter Miriam is going to be coming back to us! I am so excited to have her back as she is the one doe that I have always regretted selling.
She has done well in the show ring over in Idaho and scored very well on her Liner Apprasial. And is coming back to us bred to a very nice buck.
I plan to put her and Eve (pictured above) togther so they become buddies before introcuding her into the main herd. Having her come back also means I have to make so room so I will have a couple of does for sale shortly.
Now to get the weather to cooperate so I can make the trip acorss the mountains to go get her!
Woke up to the first snow of the season today. It has been quite cold with below freezing temperatures for a few days leading up to todays snow and as always that means extra chores.
All of the outdoor animals need extra feed, plus ice on the water troughs needs to be broken and in same cases we haul hot water out of the house for them as well. The hot water helps to keep production up for both the milking does and the chickens.
It is pretty and the children are having a blast playing in it, but boy does it make me wish we had a bigger barn with electrictiy and a hot water heater!
I'm a little behind schedule in offically welcoming Eve to the herd. I sold Shirli on Sunday the 8th and while I was waiting for the buyer to come and pick her up I saw that Julia at Room For 1 More in Harrisburg had posted Eve for sale.
I hadn't intended on replacing Choc-o-latte, but for some reason I just couldn't turn down Eve who is a first freshening yearling that is still in milk. She is a petite doe who placed third at the Oregon State Fair just before we purchased her. She enjoys attention from people and is Bekah's new favorite doe.
I am still trying to decide if I am going to breed her to Elijah or Midnight this coming year. Either way we are looking forward to seeing her second freshening udder and her offspring!
On July 23rd a couple of guys at the warehouse where I work discoverd a 10 day old kitten when they were moving a pallet. They called me and I came and got the little fellow that has now been dubbed "Cosmo".
Cosmo is our division mascot and goes to work with me every day. He enjoys "helping" me with all my administrative chores and loves all the attention the guys give him. Playing with him is a good way for them to take a stress break too.
Cosmo is now about 7 weeks old and this past week another little kitten was found in the industrial park. He is about 4 weeks old and was bedraggled, straving little thing when I first saw him. He has made great progress in the past few days and has already gained a few ounces! This cute little fluff ball, (seen here snuggling with Cosmo) has a strong will to live and is being adopted by a friend of mine up in Seattle area.
Last Tuesday a couple of the guys where I work found this little kitten under a pallet behind the warehouse. After realizing that whclod of dirt was alive, they brushed him off and called me.
I had already gone home for the day but willingly headed back to work to pick up what appeared to be about a 10 day old kitten.
My best guess is that his ferral momma was scared off by the fork lift and she might have already moved other kittens and he was just the one that got left behind. We have never seen a cat hanging out behind the warehouse and we searched a couple of times for any other kittens. At any rate he is healthy and seems to be thriving on the goats milk we are giving him.
The past week has seen unusually high temperatures with heat index warnings so I thought it was high time I got at least the bucks shaved. Plus I really wanted to see what was under all that hair.
Elijah was the biggest surprise, he has a whole bunch of little black spots all over him. When Ari saw him freshly shaved his response was "Oh wow, he looks so awesome!" Elijah must have thought he looked pretty awesome to because he kept posing for pictures. Cadence was the least cooperative with pictures which could be becasue there was a doe in heat
All three of the adult bucks have exceptionally nice dairy skin as shown by the wrinkles. I love lots of wrinkles except when it comes time for a shave and then I hate them becuase it makes the job that much more complicated and lengthy.
This afternoon we traded Mojo for this handsome two year old buck Camanna BA Elijah Blue. He is polled and blue-eyed and passes those traits on to his offspring. We are also hoping that he passes along the great udders that are behind him! His dam was just recently shown for the first time and took home 4 blue ribbons and 2 reserve grand-champions!!
I am so excited to have this guy joining our herd and look forward to great things from him!
I readily admit that I have a favorite doe in my herd and that is Mame' who was my very goat. On more than on occasion I have sold a very nice doe simply because she picked on Mame'.
Bekah saw "Latte" bite Mame's ear this morning over an argument at the feed trough and turned about and said "ok mom, you can sell her." I never thought I'd see the day when Bekah would agree to sell her doe Choc-o-latte let alone ask me to do it. But I'm not going to argue.
"Latte" is a pretty chocolate and white blue-eyed girl with nice length of body. She peaked at nearly 4lbs a day as a first freshener this year. She is easy to hand milk, is still giving over a quart a day and she is always eager to hop up on the milk stand.
This is her yearling picture and I will get an updated picture up when it stops raining long enough for me to get one taken. The udder shots were taken when she was 24 days into her first lactation after having triplets.
Asking price is $350 but I will entertain reasonable offers or trade for a similar doe.
We are still trying to come up with a name for this little cutie and are open to suggestions.
Her coloring gets darker and smoker looking as you move from her golden face to her tail.
Her name doesn't need to reflect her coloration but it wouldn't hurt either. She almost has a heart on her side, but it isn't anywhere near as noticiable as her sisters. My sister has already suggested "Smokey Bottom" - not happening Tia!
UPDATE: Well that didn't take long! A Facebook fan suggested "Nutmeg" and my husband added "Waltz" so she is now known as "Wags Ranch TC Nutmeg Waltz".