Thanks to a surprise gallbladder surgery in December I wasn't able to draw all the goats at once as I had planned and have been doing them in batches of 5 or 6 at a time.
Everyone so far has had negative test results for CAE/CL/Johnes through WADDL.
Blush was only 29 days bred when she was tested and her score put her right on the bubble although WADDL marked her as pregnant so I am retesting her just to be sure. And Alex came back into heat and was rebred on the 21st of December so we are waiting until the 26th of January to do that final round of blood draws which will include the littles since they will be 6 months old by then.
The bucks are so hairy right now that we have decided to hold off until May to test them. We are hoping that they will have shed most of their winter coat by then and we can then shave them, draw blood and get good pictures taken. They are also slated to be seen for LA which we will be hosting this year.
Here is a quick reference for our breeding/kidding schedule for the coming season:
Cobalt only had one set of kids last year as a Jr. buck, so this year he is our featured buck. Even on days when he had multiple does he still managed to get the job done. And this years Jr. buck, Kingfisher, has managed to settle a couple of does as well, and we are quite excited to see the kids they throw.
If everything finally works out for us to go on milk test this year, then Tide and quite possibly Midnight will be earn their first milk stars. Although Midnight is no longer residing with us, I would still like to see him get the recognition he deserves.