When our doelings are old enough to wean we move them to another pasture, to separate them from the young bucklings who might cause them to become pregnant sooner than we’d like. Monday was moving day for three of the girls: Joni, Janis and Molly. I had intended to take pictures of the process and make a blog post out of them but, having only two hands, that turned out to be impossible.
Before moving them I trim their hooves and give them their eartags. Although I’ve done it alone, things go a lot better if I have some help. Fortunately, Cherie returned from Haiti on Sunday, just in time to help me.
The riskiest part of the process is putting in the eartags. If the goat jerks her head before the applicator is out, it can tear her ear. So while I held them down and applied the ear tags, Cherie steadied their heads. We got in done without mishaps and they’re now settled into their new home, where they’ll live until their first birthday. That’s when we move them to the breeding pasture. These three should be giving us their first kids this time next year.
On a completely different note, I took a picture of Monday’s CSA delivery. This week’s share was 4 pounds of asparagus, 1 dozen eggs, 1 1/2 pounds of broccoli, 1 pound of kale, 3 1/2 pounds of romaine lettuce, and a packet of herbs (cilantro, sage and rosemary). All garden fresh, organic and all natural. We love being able to bring delicious healthy food to people. Its feels good to be part of something good.