I realized that I’ve never really introduced my herd as a whole, so I decided to get out and take some pictures for you all!
|MiniMe (Mini for short) taste testing my camera strap|
I’ll start with Ginger. Ginger is my Senior doe. She’s the oldest, at six years old. (without double checking her papers) She’s a doll, but she doesn’t like the camera too much, so I wasn’t able to get a good picture of her face. She’s also NOT pregnant… she just always looks that way.
Next up, is Harriet. She is three, and I’m on the fence about what to do with her. She seems to have difficulty getting pregnant, and then STAYING pregnant. I’m trying to decide if I really WANT that kind of issue in my herd… The thing is, I love her. She’s a great little goat, with a spunky personality. She’s also the reason Keena stopped chasing the goats. Harriet stands up to her, and chases her back.
|What’s not to love about that face?|
Then came Lucy. Lucy will be two this year. She kidded this spring as a First Freshener, and had GREAT production. She was also a good mommy to ONE of the two kids she had, and was HORRIBLE on the milk stand. Still, she’d warming up to everything, and I hope with more time, she’ll become the amazing milking goat I know she COULD be.
I also kept one of Ginger’s girls from last year’s kidding. She is a carbon copy of Ginger, and so earned the name MiniMe. We call her Mini for short.
|Pretty soon, Mini will be bigger than her mom! That’s her on the left.|
I added two does from Pholia Farm to my herd this year. They will be an AMAZING addition to my herd, and stand to help me fill out my herd numbers with some great milking keepers.
Lavender was the first to come to us, and she melted my heart into a billion dribbly bits. She’s a yearling, and came to the farm in milk. Of course, because she loves me so much, she’s hard to catch in a photo. Usually, she’s too close to me to get one, and as soon as I step away, she follows me. That’s her, on the left. She’s a dream on the milking stand too.
Most recently, Ina came to us!! (pronounced “Eye Nuh”) I told her I wasn’t sure how I could have more than one favorite, but I’m pretty sure I’ll have to figure it out. I’m really pleased with her, and super glad that Gianaclis needed to reduce her herd size! Otherwise, Ina wouldn’t have been a goat she was going to sell. She’s also in milk, and producing like a pro.
|I mean seriously. How can you not love that face?|
So that’s the herd! The female part of it, at any rate! I’ll get some pictures of the boys and share those soon.