Baby goats and sheep update
Here's how I spent my afternoon - One of our oldest goat Mamas, Una, gave birth this morning. She is such a trooper. Una gained her name years ago as a result of having only one horn. And throughout the years, she has given us some of our best cashgora goats.
Two days ago, she had been knocked down (by those flirty boy goats) and was stuck up against the fence... dear K went to the rescue, lifted her up and away from the fence. (by the way.. pregnant female goats are not light weight..) He actually ended up calling the vet since she was quite traumatized by all the pushing and shoving from her male goat buddies.
The vet came, gave her something to settle her down once again and let us know that K was right, she was going to give birth soon. Now K is very attuned to his goats and sheep - almost like a sixth sense. He drove down several times to check on them last night... nothing... then this morning - she gave birth to the little beauty I'm holding!
Now this wonderful goat, Una, was one of the most prolific with her fleeces. hmmmm... lots of fleece (shearing is in 2 weeks) = hard for the baby goat to nurse. So down K and I went this afternoon, and gave her belly a trim.
Mama and baby are resting as we speak - and we're hoping for the best (as far as the nursing goes) Most likely K will drive back down and 'encourage' the baby again a time or two today.
Here's a few other faces from the newest members of our flock...These are the three month olds - aren't they adorable! I wish we could keep them ALL. Oh yes... and one of the Shetland sheep gave birth to a new baby yesterday.. (almost forgot amid all the action today!) Never a dull moment on the farm :-)