Goats

Cou Blanc Alpine Dairy Goats

February 2, 2010
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Cou Blanc Alpine Dairy Goats

So the children were right, our dairy goat, Mally, had twins!  Finally on Feb. 1st, she gave birth the day after the other goat had her baby!  Newborn goats are so cute!  She had one doe and one buck who have some very nice Alpine colorings.  The momma and babies are called Cou Blanc Alpines…

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New Nubian Alpine Goat

February 1, 2010
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New Nubian Alpine Goat

Our daughter had a nice surprise out in the pasture yesterday.  One of our goats gave birth to a very cute little mixed nubian alpine doeling, which we weren’t expecting.  The boys found the baby and thought it belonged to Mally, the goat who we have been anxiously awaiting to give birth.  They ran inside…

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Pregnant Dairy Goat

January 15, 2010
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Pregnant Dairy Goat

We have a pregnant dairy goat about to give birth to one or two kids.  I’m guessing one…others in the family are guessing twins.  We are anxiously awaiting!  The children have been updating us on her progress as they have been checking on her throughout the day every day for a little while now.  The…

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Middle Tennessee Agrarian life in the Fall!

October 28, 2009
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Middle Tennessee Agrarian life in the Fall!

In case you have been wondering where we went…we’re still here.  I amazed at how busy life is.  Fall is already here in full swing and it is absolutely amazingly gorgeous outside.  Every year, I stand in awe at the amazing painting that appears. We have a lot of things coming up in the near future. …

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More Babies Update

July 15, 2009
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More Babies Update

I am shocked at how quickly our first year doe had her baby…a beautiful little doe!  It was amazingly fast.  Most of the children and my 16 year old niece were able to watch her give birth.  They haven’t stopped talking about it.  We had a very busy day and are blessed to have 3 babies…

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Breaking News…Laboring Goat

July 15, 2009
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Warning  Graphic Farm Language: Because things like this always happen to me when the husband has to leave to go to the city to earn our family some income…. This is how the morning has gone… 8 year old runs in the house…. frantically and out of breath …”Mom…something is really wrong with Ellie May—she’s…

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Purchasing a Milk Goat

April 29, 2009
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Milk goats are a great family farm animal.  They are ideal for the children.  Milking an animal is a huge responsibility with so many rewards.  It is a great animal for a child to learn how to milk and all the responsibilities that go along with that chore.  Goats are a good –child to animal…

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Buyer’s Remorse

April 23, 2009
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Buyer’s Remorse

Have you ever bought something and got it home only to feel that pit feeling in your stomach that you shouldn’t have bought it?  We had that feeling not too long ago, only we were driving out of the sellers driveway after we bought their goats when the feeling hit…way before we got home.  We…

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Look! No Horns!

March 12, 2009
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Look!  No Horns!

Our Nubian milk goat’s horns fell off after about 3 1/2 weeks.  Here’s the story about how and why we banded the goat’s horns:  The Trouble with Goat Horns.  Here’s a picture of her with horns. Here’s a picture of her horns in the process of falling off. Wow! Look at that!  No Horns!  Here’s a…

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De-Horning Update

March 2, 2009
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De-Horning Update

So far Chessnut still has horns… although they are loose.  The banding appears to be working as planned, with a couple minor draw backs.  First, she cut milk production by about 20%.  Which makes sense, but not something we had on the radar or we may have waited for this procedure. Secondly, even with her weakened…

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Simple Goat Talk

February 19, 2009
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Simple Goat Talk

We are by no means goat experts…  As I have mentioned before, with a lot of things in life, we learn by what not to do next time.  We have had our fair share of goats over the years and have learned more than we ever wanted to know about goats only to find out we didn’t know the…

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The Trouble with Goat Horns

February 13, 2009
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The Trouble with Goat Horns

The trouble with a goat’s horns is that they are – goat horns!  Honestly, I always thought of them as a pretty convenient handle.  But I’m not the only one who handles the goats.  For an eight year old, who is already at a 30 pound disadvantage, a set of nice horns can be the weapon that…

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Some things get easier

January 16, 2009
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Some things get easier

The screaming and crying has calmed down.  The new goats have settled into their new home for now.  The baby that is being bottle fed is staying on the porch for now–he likes to look through the glass door and windows at us.  He is starting to eat, so we are cutting back on the bottle.  Since…

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Romanticizing Farm Life

January 9, 2009
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Romanticizing Farm Life

I could paint you a romanticized picture of farm life, but then I would feel guilty for leading you astray.  While farm life has it’s moments of sheer, picture perfect perfection, it is usually only  a brief frame in time before you see reality.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love farm life.  Real farm life, however,…

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Disbudding the Goat

May 28, 2008
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Disbudding the Goat

Unfortunately, we didn’t get any pictures of the actual disbudding process.  With milking our goats and small children handling the goats, we prefer having them (the goats) with out horns, so we decided to have our friend come over and show us how to disbud our week old baby Alpine goat.  It included putting the baby into a…

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