Goats

Kidding Season 2015: Part I – Lotus!

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Farm Blog, Goats | 6 comments

Kidding Season 2015: Part I – Lotus!

It’s that time of year again. Kidding season is finally upon us! This year Lotus was first up in the kidding order, and on day 147 she kidded with beautiful twin gold-colored does, sired by Zedoary. Knowing that kidding was imminent, toward the end of last week we had moved Lotus up to the new kidding pens. She then spent most of Friday and Saturday out in the sunshine, browsing on her favorite blackberries… …and taking an occasional moment to lay down, and rest. Not that laying down, on a slope, when you’re heavily pregnant, is very easy. Then Saturday evening,...

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Waiting For Spring…

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Farm Blog, Goats | 12 comments

Waiting For Spring…

I must have been good last year, as Santa was kind enough to upgrade my camera and lenses for Christmas. For the last six years the blog has depended on my old camera, but it had some shortcomings, especially in low light conditions, so I’m quite excited about the upgrade.  I’m still getting used to the differences between them both, as it’s amazing what they can pack into a DSLR these days. I spent some time with the girls in the barn yard this morning, specifically because the lighting down there is always challenging, as it’s surrounded by tall trees, and this time...

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A Season of Reflection

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Farm Blog, Goats | 10 comments

A Season of Reflection

It really is difficult to believe that yet another year is drawing to a close. Some days we’re convinced the farm has slipped into a time vortex. One minute it’s February, we blink, and we’ve been instantly transported to the end of December. Unfortunately, we have yet to figure out how to make this time vortex work in reverse. The laws of physics, and space-time, simply don’t apply on the farm any more. Part of the reason for this year’s time-slip is that, even though the gardens were left fallow due to our endless drought, we had more than enough to keep us...

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Lotus & Minnie: Missing Mineral

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Farm Blog, Goats | 10 comments

Lotus & Minnie: Missing Mineral

An essential part of any nutrition plan for goats is access to free-choice supplemental minerals, to aid in the prevention of various nutrient deficiencies. It is especially important to source mineral mixes that are formulated specifically for goats, as they have higher requirements for some nutrients, including copper, compared with other species. Unfortunately, a few weeks ago we began to have significant difficulty in obtaining the brand of supplemental loose minerals we offer to our herd. This was of particular concern as this year hay quality has been less than optimal as a result...

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New Additions: Magnum Opus

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Farm Blog, Goats | 8 comments

New Additions: Magnum Opus

A few weeks ago while Lotus, Lia, and Minnie were all on imminent kidding watch, we brought a new junior herd sire to the farm. I admit that I have been epically remiss in introducing everyone to this new fine fellow, but between spring schedules, and wrapping up kidding season, I simply couldn’t find enough hours in the day to sit down and write this post, let alone find time, on a dry fair-weather day, to take some photos of him. So, without further ado, we’d like to finally introduce you to Trilogy Ranch SHH Magnum Opus. ‘Magnum Opus’ is defined as ‘the...

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Bouncing Back Into Spring – Part II

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Farm Blog, Goats | 12 comments

Bouncing Back Into Spring – Part II

Last night Curbstone Valley Mariposa Lily presented us with triplets! Two doelings, and a buckling, bringing us to a total of 6 does, and 6 bucks, for the season. A 50:50 buck to doe ratio? I’m happy with that! Lily was bred to Castle Rock Abraham Darby back in October, and until about the last hour before she kidded, except for her impressive girth, you’d never know Lily was even pregnant. As a yearling, she remained remarkably bouncy throughout her pregnancy, which until last night was quite uneventful. Saturday was day 145 of her pregnancy (and Lily’s birthday), and her...

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New Additions: Neve Ice

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Farm Blog, Goats | 6 comments

New Additions: Neve Ice

It’s now officially the first day of spring, and a perfect time to introduce you to the newest addition to the farm. Meet Castle Rock Neve Ice. Neve or Névé (pronounced nei-vei): Also called Firn. A snowfield at the head of a glacier that becomes transformed into ice. Over the last two years it’s become a bit of a running joke that any goat we place a kid reservation on, will be guaranteed to kid with the complete opposite of what we’ve reserved. That’s the way it goes with baby goat reservations sometimes. Each season is always a little bit of a gamble. Reserve a...

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Spring Kids: The Goats Meet ‘Gulliver’

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Farm Blog, Goats | 16 comments

Spring Kids: The Goats Meet ‘Gulliver’

A couple of weeks ago we finally received more than five inches of rainfall, which helped to green up the goat pasture considerably. Suddenly though, the temperatures soared into the low 80’s over the weekend, which was a perfect opportunity for all of the goat kids to really run around and play! The grass isn’t very tall, but at least now it’s green, although the goats were much more excited about the rocks than the grass anyway! However, it seems that some of these rocks in the pasture have become habitat for our resident reptiles…and two Coast Range Fence Lizards...

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