We had a job openings on the farm to fill and had to look for just the right candidate!
We found the lovely, the charismatic, the quite talkative - Spot and #3. Spot is now sporting a royal blue collar. Those doo-hickies on their neck sticking out are called waddles. Waddles are just for lookin' pretty. We look forward to seeing some long-eared babies.
We love these girls. They are the first in the pasture to greet us and hang out with us even after everyone else is bored with the humans.
But when they signed on the dotted line, they negotiated some pretty tough contract terms. We had wanted to switch to raising Nubian-Boer crosses. This cross is known for growing quickly because of nubian's abundant rich milk supply and has a larger frame as far as dairy goats go. But the boer influence will give us more girth than a straight dairy goat will have. So our work is only 2/3rds done. We need to find a buck.
Now get ready, because the buck we found is quite a looker! Can you imagine the markings this bad boy will pass to his offspring?!
Goats are pregnant for approximately 150 days or 5 months. Believe it or not, we don't really enjoy kidding in frigid temperatures! So he has not had a meet and greet with the girls yet. They'll meet for the first time around Thanksgiving time so we can have babies the last of April.
These newbies join the rest of the herd of 8 mommas and not so little babies.