One of the biggest joys — at times, the most stressful thing — about raising animals such as goats is seeing new animals arrive at the farm. From watching for signs of labor to watching the new kids dance around the barn in that funny sideways-half-kick that they do, we try to take a moment to enjoy it when we can.
It’s too bad we aren’t a dairy operation. This year, the number of females to males is about 3 to 1. There were 30 kids born this March and early April. Some are brown like this doeling, while the majority are more traditional white with brown heads.
Now we are off and running to get potatoes, onions, cole crops and lettuces in the ground, and preparing to move the does and kids to pasture. It’s a busy time but every once in a while, it’s good to take a moment and look with awe at the new kids.
Farmers market starts tomorrow — stop by and say hello!