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2012 summer kids
Pics of kids born summer of 2012
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Kevin M.
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Fiddlerman
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July 29, 2012 - 7:27 pm
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Tell us about them Kevin :-)

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but the one who needs the least."

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Kevin M.
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A few year ago I had a goat milk and goat cheese business. At that time I had over 40 goats but with this economy being as bad as it is people stopped buying the milk and cheese. I continued making soap from some of the milk but found myself throwing away a few gallons a day.  I sold off most of them but keep a few.  These are my newest kids born 7/25/2012.  When born they are up and drinking colostrum, a very thick and  nutrient rich first milk full of antibodies. Within a day they are out and playing.  Kids are usually born in January and Febuary and on the coldest night of the year.  The father to these kids was born here when the temp was bellow zero. I found him in the morning barely breathing and just about frozen to death. I thought he was dead but suddenly saw his hoof move.  He was rushed into the house where I put him in a sink of warm water and put in a feeding tube to put warm colostrum into him.  After about an hour of working with him he was doing better so I continued to tube feed him for a few days then onto a bottle. Now he's over 200 pounds and his name is Frosty. In the one picture you can see an old tractor tire and in the back is a PlaySkool slide.  When the kids are bigger they'll start playing on the slide.  It is so much fun watching them play.  I had another goat named Spot.  He was also a sick little guy that the vet told us he wouldn't live the night. She was wrong.  I took him everywhere with me. He loved to ride in the truck until he got too bid. He was over 250 pounds and stood well over 6 feet on his hind legs.  He was house trained and would sit and shake hands.

I would take him to fairs and walk around with him on his leash. People with dogs would ask, how did you train him to walk so well on a leash. Goats are such loving animals they want to fit in as part of their herd instinct.

 

OK now you got me going. I guess you can tell I love my farm animals.

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KindaScratchy
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July 29, 2012 - 9:18 pm
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Thanks for the pix and story. It's clear you love your animals. What breed are your goats?

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My buck is a nubian and the others are a mix of dairy breeds, toggenburg, lamancha, saanen, and alpine. The Saanen are my favorite breed.

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July 29, 2012 - 11:10 pm
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I would definitely have bought the goat cheese. Even though I am staying away from dairy, I would totally do organic goat cheese, BIG TIME!!!!
It's ashame you had to stop. Glad you have some goats left.

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I tried to convince my husband that we needed a dairy goat a while back. I was blown away when I learned that their milk is naturally homoginized. How convenient is that?!

Anyway, no goats for us, but we do have backyard chickens.

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Im so jealous of the animals. My friend has a backyard full of chickens all the fresh eggs and buffalo wings he wants. If I ever win the lottery Id buy acreage and be a farmer. Dunno if itd be more like Green Acres or "Son in Law" with Pauly Shore. I currently grow my "crops" in self watering containers, even sweet corn. I am amazed by it, how it grows etc...The goat cheese reminds me of my days chefn in fine dining restaurants. I love that stuff....chevre with herbs fines. Those were my "glory days".

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An update on the kids. They are all doing well this morning thanks to Ralph, a lamancha wether, a great goat.  There must have been a cyote around last night and Ralph, being the protector that he was, fought them off with the last of his energy. We found him dead this morning.  So many times people wanted to buy him. I was offered 250 but told the buyer he's my buddy and I can't sell him.  I will miss him dearly.

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Sorry to hear about your (bad ass) billy goat Kevin.

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Kevin M. said
An update on the kids. They are all doing well this morning thanks to Ralph, a lamancha wether, a great goat.  There must have been a cyote around last night and Ralph, being the protector that he was, fought them off with the last of his energy. We found him dead this morning.  So many times people wanted to buy him. I was offered 250 but told the buyer he's my buddy and I can't sell him.  I will miss him dearly.

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It must have been devastating for you to find him, Kevin. So sorry for the loss of your buddy. It breaks my heart.

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I know nothing at all about goats but I am curious as to why you would not have a night guard dog for your herds ?

My curiosity is peaked because I adopted a rescue dog several months ago only to later learn that he was a "farm" dog and much smarter than me.

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So sorry to hear about Ralph, Kevin. Sounds like he was a good friend and a good protector.

I think Lamanchas are so interesting with their tiny ears. I don't have goats myself but occasionally have the opportunity to see and photograph them on the job. For anyone not familiar with the breed, here's a shot I took of a Lamancha:

 

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Again, sorry for your loss. frown

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Oooooo! They're quuuuuuuuute! =3

Kevin, You are such a happy man! It's so great to live on the farm with all those animals around! =3 dancinbunny

Sorry about Ralph! crysurprised

Never tasted a "goat cheese" drooling

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