Last fall I looked over my goat herd and chose which ones I needed to breed for 2015 milk. I choose Calfy as I had never freshened her yet and I needed to see what kind of milker she was going to be. I choose Jubilee as I had never freshened her as well. Yes, I will be milking two first fresheners this year. Might as well get it over with... the struggle thru the first few weeks as the teats stretch out and training them to the milk stand is sometimes difficult. I really needed to breed them to see if I want to keep them or cull them. Also, last year I gave Plenty a break and did not breed her. So I bred her for 2015. I gave the other three does in our herd the year off as they gave us milk all through 2014. All three goats I bred, came into heat with in 24 hours of each other. I put each goat in with the buck of my choice for a day, to make sure the bucks had the opportunity to catch them in standing heat. All three settled on the first breeding this year. So that means they would all deliver with in a day or two of each other.
The first one to deliver was Plenty. She had them quietly in the wee morning hours on the 25th. She had them all cleaned off and one had nursed by the time we got to them. I usually like to take the babies immediately, milk the moms out and bottle feed from the start but this was fine. She had a little brown buckling and a black and white doeling.
Later on in the day Jubilee delivered. She did a great job for her first time and also delivered a buckling and doeling. They are both brown. Jubilee has blue eyes and the little doeling has blue eyes for sure!
|I could not get a clear picture of the doeling as she was so bouncy and moving so much. She is very adorable and dainty.|
|Very cute buckling! I can't tell if he has blue eyes or not. They are very light grey/tan.|
Calfy is a mixed goat. She is half La Mancha and half Nigerian Dwarf. She was the last one that needed to deliver. I thought she would deliver in the night last night as she was so uncomfortable but when we got up this morning she had not. She was pawing the ground all morning so I knew she was close. At around 11:30 she delivered two large bucklings. She did an awesome job! It was her first freshening and it went very well for her. I milked her out and she freshened with the same wonderful udder as her mother and grandmother. She stood very well and was easy to milk. A keeper for sure. I bred her to Joseph (pure Nigerian Dwarf buck) who is known around here for throwing very flashy kids. Calfy is pretty flashy herself so the bucklings are just beautiful. I will probably always breed Joseph to her as there genetics meshed so well and made some stunning kids. Not only in looks but conformation.
There great-grand mother and grandmother were wonderful milkers and their mom looks like she is going to be as well. They will make someone nice little breeder bucks, for their back-yard herd of mid-sized goats.
Even though we had more bucks than does born, I am very pleased with all the kiddings and deliveries. I was not planning on keeping anything out of Calfy and am still not sure I am keeping the two doelings born this year. We might be getting an infant thru foster care and I know I will be very busy again for a while. I might just see how things go this year with milking and make a decision next time around about who to keep what out of.
|The baby pen!|