Welcoming New Goats

Our billy goat Johnny, who was born here on the farm and has given us well over 200 kids over his lifetime, has gotten old.  He’s ready for some rest and doesn’t seem interested in his old job anymore.

Meanwhile Valentino, the young buck we put into our other pasture, turned out to have no interest in romance.

So we’ve been looking around for some bucks to add to the farm.  I wanted them to be healthy and attractive, but also to have good dispositions.  We’ve never had a mean or aggressive billy goat and I wanted to keep it that way.

Saturday at the market I was pleased to discover two fine looking young males who fit the bill. Both are friendly and tame.  The owners were nice folks who were having to reduce the size of their herd.  I could tell that they had been good to the goats, who got along well with humans.

We don’t like to bring new animals onto the farm without companions to whom they’ve already bonded.  That way they’re not lonely during the period before the old herd fully accepts them.  So even though we don’t need any more females, I decided to buy a couple to put in with the bucks so they’d have at least one friendly companion for a while.

Having been outbid at the last two auctions, this time I decided I was going to buy the four I picked out, no matter what.  Three of the four went for a reasonable price, but one person who was as hard-headed as me drove the price of the smallest buck much higher than it should have gone. But I was not to be denied, and I was pleased to bring home all four of them.

I thought until recently that I’d already used up all the female names in Beatles songs, but discovered that I’d somehow overlooked the characters in Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.  So the two nannies acquired the White Flint names Rose and Valerie.  Cherie got the job of naming the bucks. She chose Abraham for the first one, in the expectation that he will be a father to many.  Hearing of my choice for the girls, she chose Maxwell for the other male.

So this week we’re welcoming Abraham, Maxwell, Rose and Valerie.  May they live long and prosper.

Abraham

Abraham

Valerie

Valerie

Rose and Maxwell in the foreground

Rose and Maxwell in the foreground

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19 comments on “Welcoming New Goats

  1. bobraxton says:

    I resemble billy goat Johnny – turning 70 in a few days – pasture prime (mine anyway)

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  2. shoreacres says:

    Those goats are just as good-looking as the other pair that slipped away. The only thing is… I don’t remember ever really listening to the lyrics of “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.” I just watched a video, and oh, my. I’d keep on eye on Maxwell if I were you!

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    • Bill says:

      I fretted over missing out at the last two auctions but I do believe it paid off. These do seem to be fine goats.

      It’s a catchy little tune isn’t it? Featuring multiple murders with a hammer.

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  3. Farmgirl says:

    What kind of goats are they Bill? They are nice looking! And now my husband is singing that Beatle’s song….

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    • Bill says:

      They’re boers, but the bucks might not be pure breeds. I like their coloration but the prior owner told me he has a thing against animals with spots. They’re good looking goats, with good dispositions as well.

      That song is ear candy. Easy to get it stuck in your head. 🙂

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  4. df says:

    What lovely looking goats. I think that your policy of keeping companion animals together to assist transitioning to your farm is a wonderful idea.

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    • Bill says:

      We learned that lesson the hard way. We’ve added goats without companions to the herd in the past and they’ve been shunned a lonely for a long time. This way that doesn’t happen.

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  5. jubilare says:

    Beautiful goats!

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks. They’ve been nice additions to the herd so far. Abraham in particular seems enthused about his new job. Maxwell got out of the fence a couple of times today thanks to not being trained to an electric fence and our fence box temporarily out of commission. He’s in for a shock, literally, when I get it replaced tomorrow. 🙂

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  6. Beautiful goats they are! Abraham looks gently regal. Enlarged, the photos really show their sweet, wonderful faces. I love that you bought known companions.

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  7. Hmm, multiple murders with a hammer? 🙂 –Curt

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  8. Taking [more] notes for my future goat herd – love the companion idea! They are all beautiful additions to your herd. Glad you got all four.

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    • Bill says:

      It is good for them to have a friend and ally when they enter a new herd. It takes a while for the herd to accept the newcomers and they’re social animals–so they can be sad and lonely without friends. We’ve been very pleased with them so far.

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  9. sf says:

    How cute! These goats are a beauty!

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