Sunday, October 23, 2016

Great Goat News!

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may recall that we experienced some sad and worrisome health issues with the does this summer.  We lost our Daisy, probably to some kind of parasite and when Echo and Vinca began losing weight and then Vinca wasn't eating, it was pretty scary.  Two rides to the vet and several different wormers later, things are better. 

Vinca's last blood test was poor; there was a possibility of permanent liver damage.   She had to put up with another blood draw last Sunday (thank you so much Beth!) and we got a good report back from the vet - her blood counts are much better.  She is healthy and we can go ahead with breeding her this fall.  Happy Dance!  
Beautiful Vinca enjoying some Brussels sprout leaves

In other goat news, there has been another escape by the lads.  We reacted by putting an electric strand between the lad's paddock and the winter coop-yard (this fence apparently is climbable if you are a sufficiently motivated goat) and Forest has moved in with the does. 

Vinca is not thrilled with this arrangement.

The does' milk production continues to decline, which is the normal course of things this time of year.  Pretty much all of the the milk is now going for yogurt, kefir, soap, and cheese. 

Anticipation is growing for deer hunting season - less than two weeks away now I think (Kevin could probably tell you how many hours).  A lot of time this weekend was spent on deer stands and other preparations - not by me - I just stay out of the way.

Anyway, you will be hearing more about that soon.  Until then, be well.

1 comment:

  1. So glad things are going well. Gosh I wish I had neighbors like you. It kind of stinks not having any homesteaders nearby.