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Goats, gripes, and grasping for greatness
Buck to the nose like a fish to the face 
13th-Aug-2012 11:27 am
Jessie has an opinion
There was only the slightest breeze this morning, and it was coming from the east, bringing that eye-watering scent of buck in heat straight from the pasture to our front door.

These last few cool nights have triggered an unwelcome change in the front pasture: the big boys are coming into mating season attitude. Loki and Cookie started singing and scuffling on Saturday. They knocked down the hayrick, a fence board, and one of the interior gates in their Saturday night fighting. They spent more of Sunday singing at each other than they did eating.

Loki and Jared have their "retirement" appointment at Rosehill on the 28th. They will become permanent pets on that day. Jared has mostly retired already, and spends his days in the shade away from the others' stupidity, so I don't expect he will really mind the change. Loki, on the other hand, is not going to be pleased.
14th-Aug-2012 02:47 am (UTC)
How do you decide to retire them?
14th-Aug-2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of factors that are adding up:
These two boys are on the older side
Loki is getting meaner in his buck fighting (trying to break legs) and generally more and more destructive of things and pasture-mates
Loki has not produced anything so spectacular that I am desperate to repeat that breeding
Jared is not bouncing back from the fall fight season very well
Jared's best is quite possibly Giselle (sold) and Anna (kept). I've got Anna and Zoe to keep that line going, and could maybe call back Maggy-Lynn if I got desperate. (Note that all three of those girls are Jared x Jessie)
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