Monday, November 9, 2009

Kids' Graduation 2009

So that they don't have any kids until after most of Winter has past, we waited to put our bucks Shatner and Eastwood with their respective does until now, as the gestation period of goats is around five months.

And so, this past Lord's Day was the time!

We put Shatner with Winnie, Betsy and Pammy (shown back to front):




And we put Eastwood with their daughters Minnie, Tapioca and Marie (shown left to right, with Eastwood between Minnie and Tappi). Any kids God graciously grants will be their first ones. They've now graduated into being a part of breeding process! (They grow up so fast! :) :




And here are Aramis and Porthos (left and right), and Donny (center), which, with Shatner being gone, are now kings of their castle:




We pray the Lord perpetuates the herd, in accordance with His will and divine wisdom; and we thank Him for the opportunity and resources to be able to set apart the goats for breeding.

-- David

4 comments:

Eli said...

May God grant your wish..they do multiply pretty fast. And how do you keep their names?
~
Eli

David and Susan Sifford said...

Thank you, Eli. If you mean how do we keep track of their names, we don't have too many right now, so it's not too difficult to remember them at this point.

-- David

Manette said...

David and Susan,
How nice that your herd is growing. Can you detect any difference in the taste of the milk when the bucks are with the does? Or are you still milking the does when you put them with bucks to freshen.

Also, regarding keeping their names straight, goats are so individualistic that I never had a problem keeping mine straight. I found that goats are very much like dogs in this regard. Each one has its own distinct personality. I just love goats, they are so much fun.

Manette

David and Susan Sifford said...

Hi Manette,

Actually, we just put them together a few days ago, so I'm pretty sure we haven't used the last few days' milk. If we do notice a difference, I'll try to remember to comment about it here.

They do have distinct personalities; sometimes that regards just how much stubbornness they have! :)

Thanks for saying hi,

-- David