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".
Rita and her babies are all doing well today. These pictures were taken at 24hrs old. All for of the babies are running around but the boys are just bouncing off the walls and enjoying kicking up their heels.
Baby #1 is a doe kid that has been named "Wags Ranch TC Corazon Bonita" which means beautiful heart. The other babies are unnamed at this time and since the two boys are being sold as wethers the names don't matter so much. And the fourth kid has such a cool smokey color too her coat that I am trying to come up with something that reflects that.
After days of anticipation Rita finally went into labor about 6pm Sunday evening.
It was pretty clear from the start that she was having great difficulty. I finally was able to locate a baby, but they were obviously stuck.
I wasn't sure what I had a hold of and though it was a breach kid, until I found the teeth and realized the kid had it's head twisted back over its shoulder. I managed to get the head in the correct position and then had to reposition the leg but out came a beautiful doe kid with a big heart shaped mark on her side.
The next kid out was a buck kid that also needed help out as he was breech and tangled up. I got him straightened out and then out came a very colorful red and white boy.
Once their siblings were out of the way the third and forth kids were born without any need of assistance. Number 3 was another buck kid and the final kid was a cute little doe.
At least one of the doe kids will be staying here, and the boys will be available as bottle baby wethers. More pictures tomorrow when they are completely dry.
Today is day 146 for Rita and still no kids despite her dialation. Yesterday we would see her udder fill only to have it loose up and stretch out even more. And then there were all the times she made a nest, laid down and appeared to be having contractions....
Oh well at least we have been having great weather, with day time temps in the low 80's which makes for a pleasant day spent in the pasture.
Nothing better than kicking back, and enjoying the sounds of nature and a cooling breeze. :)