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Kidding Season

Posted by jerrilee on March 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I can't believe that our first kids hit the ground last week!  Josie had twin doelings on Monday (February 25th) followed by Sandy giving birth to triplet doelings on Tuesday, February 26th.  They are doing well, although poor Josie had a rough labor.  Monday evening Scott finally had to help her, and found that one of the kids was transverse in the birth canal.  With much maneuvering on his part, he finally got a doeling that was behind the transverse kid out.  She was healthy and seemed to be relieved to be out!  The second kid took awhile longer to help out, but once she arrived she let out a huge wail - I think she was planning to stay put awhile longer (she has turned out to be a goat with an attitude!).

We decided on first lady names this year since we had so many girls.  Martha was first, then Abigail.  Tuesday Sandy decided to give birth while Scott went to the vet's office to pick up some antibiotics for Josie.  When he got home she was cleaning up the mess.  Her three are Dolly, Elizabeth and Louisa.

Disbudding took place on Sunday afternoon - much crying on the part of them and me, but we managed to get the deed done without incident.  They are all healing well and have had visitors already!  The only thing harder than disbudding them is selling them, but it is all part of life on our little farm.

Award Winning Goats

Posted by jerrilee on August 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Emma is our 9 year-old granddaughter and this is her first year in 4-H.  She decided to show goats this summer, so it seemed like a perfect idea for her to show GiGi, our beautiful little doeling that was born the end of March.  Emma and her sister Madelyn spent  a couple of days a week at our house this summer, so Emma had lots of opportunities to teach GiGi to lead.  The Vanderburgh County Fair week finally arrived and both GiGi and Emma were all ready for the big show!  Emma did a really nice job showing GiGi; in fact, she ended up with a blue ribbon!  Emma did such a nice job showing this goat, she was asked by several other goat owners to show their animals.  On Saturday she showed GiGi again in the ADGA sanctioned open show where GiGi won a reserve championship.