Thursday, May 15, 2014
Recess (for the goat kids)
For triplets they are remarkably similar in size and conformation. The light brown one on the left was first, then the Chamoisee and then the darker brown on the right. I usually think the first kid is the bigger and better conformation but studying these three I just barely detect that she is maybe a bit longer. I want the dark brown doeling to be just as nice as she is the most friendly and curious.
Right now my goat plans for the year are to keep the three bucklings intact. Use them for breeding this fall and butcher them before winter gets too fierce. I am going to try to sell four doelings mid summer. I am also going to sell one or two milkers. Which would leave me with three to four milkers and two doelings going into winter. I guess six seems to be the number I can't get bellow. I just can't resist bonding and keeping doelings each year. I think the buck we used was pretty great. His dam was a very nice doe from Lucky Star Farms in Washington that a friend of mine brought up. She was wide, level and had a great udder and was a high producer. Unfortunately she and her daughter were attacked and killed by dogs this winter. She is the grand dam to Xanadu, Zuri and Dahlia's kids.
I attempted to take a video of the kids a while back. If you can get past the bad filming, it is fun to watch them.