Babies Away!

The time has come to collect all the female kiddos and bring them to their very first "big kid" pasture. At the bottom of the ridge is a hollow that runs North to South, and this is where the best browse on the farm is located. The soil here isn't shale like on the ridge, but rather a softer soil more receptive to temporary fence posts (thank goodness). On the South end of the hollow is the yearling barn - a little shack that will be the nexus of a rotational grazing pattern that will keep young goat minds excited, challenged, comfy, and healthy. Not to mention all the delicious nutrition for little growing goat bodies they'll be getting. 

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These goats will be rotational browsing (the goat version of rotational grazing) their whole lives, and teaching them about electric net fences, set feeding times, and herding expectations now is crucial to a low stress life later on. This environment will also be where they learn about their own herd hierarchy, and having extra space during this time in development is key.

 Doelings and dry does snack on a delicious shrub in the new pasture. 

Doelings and dry does snack on a delicious shrub in the new pasture. 

This year, the "dry" does (breeding does that are not milking) will be in with the babies, making a mixed herd of 23 standard and dwarf-sized goats. (Add this to the herd of 23 girls in the dairy barn, plus the 5 breeding bucks, 3 landscaping wethers, and 4 sale bucklings... and well that's a lot of goats.)

If you come for the Cheese Tour this year, you'll get a peek at the little girls' pasture and the life of leisure they lead during the late summer and early fall. It's probably my favorite time of year and having the kids out for the first time is a big reason for it.