It seems the state of the herd is always in flux. When you have limited space it means that if you want to keep new kids you have to let someone else go. And with all the new bucks we have of course we want to keep kids out of them.
After months of agnozing I have finally made the tough decisions on who to keep and who to sell.
Roni is a Sunny daughter and it shows in her teat length and above average production. The other doe is Millie, who is a good little producer but she tends to pick on my favorite doe, and if you have followed my blog for any length of time you know I have sold does on more than one occasion when they didn't get along with my Mame'.
I am also making room in the buck pen so Matador is up for sale as well. He is a quiet buck that prefers if people just left him alone. Although he does walk well on a leash and stands pretty quietly for hoof triming.
Matador has nice tight shoulders and lots of dairy wrinkles! I have had a hard time getting a good picture of him that really shows off his coloring and conformation.
I am willing to make a deal on the three of them as a mini-herd so don't hestitate to ask.
Miriam is back! She has been over in Idaho for the past year where she won some blue ribbons and a reserve grand champion as a dry yearling.
She had a Linear Apprasial done as a dry yearling this year and reportedly socred well. Receiving an "EC" (Extremely Correct) in the general appearance catagory. I am looking forward to reading the eval when I get it.
As a bonus she comes back to us bred to JDR Ranch AL Zeus who is a cute little moonspotted boy. I only have a kid picture of Zeus and he obviously isn't set up in this shot, but you can see his markings. For the curious - here is the pedigree for the kids from this breeding. There is a possiblity that we could end up with blue-eyed moonspotted babies.
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!