a preponderance of punctuation marks (reedrover) wrote,
a preponderance of punctuation marks

State of the goats in summer

The farm looks pretty good so far this summer. Achaosofkittens dug out the rest of the barn piles yesterday so that I could corral all 18 backyard goats for de-wormer and de-louser this morning. I also wrestled Diego and Viola for toe-trimming as well. Jessie and Scout are limping, so they got toe-goo too. I would love to convince Hercules to stop pooping in the goat barn, dammit, but really that is a small frustration in summertime when no one uses the barn except for shelter during thunderstorms.

The boys up front have a fabulous half-pasture this year. I let them mow the dog side when she isn't around (inside for a nap, off at day care) too, so they are in fine figure. Cookie got his shots on Wednesday, which means he is walking well now again.

It's about time for me to pull out the weed whacker and start attacking the mint. The back pasture has unfortunately healthy mint all down the slope, and the front pasture is just starting to have the same problem. Of course, the dog side is looking great, but it never did have the same issues. I think the mint does better in the sun with short grass (go figure).

Ari is looking good this summer, and if he keeps this form, he is definitely going back to the shows in the fall. His kids are doing well, too. Viola isn't as big as I'd like, and she is a bit of a whiner, but she is awfully pretty. Diego-baby is getting big and fluffy. I didn't have him shorn in June, so with his full coat he looks as big as Lily (smallest of my yearlings). The redhead yearling cabal (Fiona, Taffy, Lily) are all quite striking. The outbreeding difference for using Kid Hollow's O.R. as a sire really shows with the first two, and Lily is assuredly a Gipsy Ridge girl. In comparison to the delicate and sweet redheads, big grey hornless Kezzi is a monster. She may be just a yearling, but she is rapidly catching up to her mom Anna in size. Her hair has far better curl than her mom, too.

I'm starting to consider a "scratch and dent" sale pen at the show this fall. I would probably put in Pan, Alys (keep Fiona as the replacement), and Zoe. While cute and sweet, Zoe is definitely not a keeper for me; she is too small to breed as an Angora. I need to start advertising with the pygora folks for her. I think that I'm also going to offer up Madeline and Kezzi for sale, too. While I'd like to keep Madeline's bloodline going, I still have her aunt Dahlia. And after seeing what Dahlia and Ari can do (Diego), I think I know where I'm going next in that lineage. So Madeline isn't really needed anymore.
Tags: angoras, goats, llamas

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