Daisy, the doe at the bottom of the pecking order who nobody will play with, and her baby June Bug went to a new home today. A Nampa family took them because they have a crippled Angora goat who was all alone and goats need other goats to keep from being lonely. I offered her Daisy, because she can have a more calm existence where she is at the top of the heap instead of always the bottom. Daisy and June Bug will get lots of attention from the youngest child in the new family. I'm so glad thjy
I have been hoping and dreaming, planning and praying that I could sell more goats. I am so excited that a gal from the Sweet-Emmett spinning group reserved four does! She will be great to take care of them because she already has a lot of farm animals. Also, she is a fiber artist who spins, weaves, knits and everything and will really appreciate their beautiful fleeces of kid mohair fiber. But now they are all weaned and she is coming to pick them up this Saturday. I am literally grieving to see them go! It's like I'm ripping them from their mothers and sending them out on their own. This must be somewhat how mothers of human children feel when that tiny little person goes out into the big, wide world of kindergarten
Visitors Saturday learning about the care of Angora goats took some great pictures. Here is one of them:
I can't believe how much work is around the place--it seems like I never sit down when I get home, and still feel like I'm always behind my chores! Since I have 25 goats now, one thing I did to ease the burden of shearing season was to stagger their shearing and not try to do them all at once in April and September. Some of the older ones only need sheared once a year now, they are getting to have thinner hair. Some need sheared a little more than twice a year, they are so productive. So I shear them just as they need it, just so long as they have enough to keep them warm in winter.