Well, it seems all of my does except for Tank Girl have kidded. Every doe did just fine, even the freshener Marceline. This is my second year having pure San Clemente Island goat kids, though it's my first year with totally healthy kids of this breed. I feel very excited and pleased with myself. I feel really confident in reading the does' ligaments and predicting when birthing will happen. There is a spot at the base of the goat tail with these ligaments running on either side of the hip bones. You can feel these ligaments relax and then disappear as the goat grows closer to kidding.
There is also the excitement that I know what what I will do with every kid in the future. I don't feel overwhelmed or worried like I have previous years. I will be able to sell my san clemente buckling, Elmore as a valuable breeder buck to someone in the future, I plan on keeping Strega the female clemente doeling. All of my other mixed breed bucklings I plan on raising here at home for the summer. I then will have them harvested and processed at a locally owned processing facility. The plan is that I will be able to sell goat meat at the local co-op early this fall. I know this may sound a bit brutal to some people. Right now it's the best solution to extra goats that I have. I do home harvesting and processing also, and will do that if I have extra. I have tried re-homing castrated bucks, also called wethers. The times when I have found new homes for my wethers have always proved to cause me worry and despair. The new owners either lied to me about their knowledge of goats, did not have good transportation, or where obviously duped into buying goats for their kids that probably wouldn't take care of them. I have better luck selling does that are in milk or have been bred. That way the animal is more "valuable" to people and more likely to be well taken care of. I know other people have much better luck and work harder at re-homing their extra goats as pets. I am personally just making a decision to do otherwise. I know I can give my animals an excellent life, and I don't have to worry about how they are doing in the custody of someone else.
So right now I'm just loving up all the kids running around, and giving the moms some extra TLC. I can't wait for warmer weather and greener grass. Nothing makes me happier than watching my goats grazing/browsing on new pasture and giving me lots of delicious milk. Enjoy all the pictures I have been taking!
Thanks for your support!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.