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Yup. We now have no pregnant goats! Since pictures are *always* better, allow me to

introduce: Jayne.




He is a MONSTER of a buckling. He also caused quite a kerfluffle...apparantly *some* people can't tell boy parts from tails. :lol: And...we weren't planning on keeping any excess bucklings - they had a date with freezer camp. :sigh: He was born outside the barn, sometime between 12:00 and 4:00 (I'm thinking around 3, judging from the afterbirth in the paddock, but I don't know that for sure). I got home to find he and mom somewhat happily ensconced in the kid pen.




As if Sweet Geek and I could do that to such a cutie, especially when we need 20 goats to get an Ag Exemption. So.....Jayne will be wethered (aka gelded, aka fixed) and will become Dusty's pet. (Bullseye's not doing so well....when Finn gets snipped I'll probably have the vet put him down. Hate to do it, but...it's just about time. Bloody, runny poo and blindness don't equal quality of life, y'know? So.....hate it, but..it's gotta be done.)




Get a load of his *size*. The other kids? Easily stood UNDER the hay rack. Him? No way! Hence the name "Jayne"....he reminds me a lot of Jayne Cobb. :snicker:

I got a few pics of some of the other kids, too.....didn't get any good ones of Hobbes and River, as they were napping under Sunny. Next time...




Calvin was determined to be in a photo. I got quite a few of his nose and mouth - he was trying to eat the camera. This is the only one that actually came out halfway decent....he was bouncing around and landed in one of the outside feed bowls. :snicker:




Kaylee was being cute - I have a bunch of her scratching her head (guess the disbudded areas itch?), but this was the best upright shot. You can see her size as compared to LaDue - and LaDue is a tad bigger than Zorra. If you wanted to compare Jayne and her.




Saffron was napping. You can see the burnt areas..:shudder: She's doing fine, though - both she and Kaylee were bouncing around trying to get into the feed earlier. :lol:

Things I did this weekend:



This is my "bucket buddy", V.2.0. The small bottles are filled with frozen brine solution. The lining is quilting cotton....it works, but I'm still not quite *there* yet. We're going to add a freezer pack to the bottom and see if that does it. The pail is a 5 Qt one, and works for the Nubians. (My 8 Qt one is for the Cashmere....but we're thinking about that. More later...)

Remember this?



After a LOT of work on Sunday, it now looks like this:







The paneling? Is ALL from free pallets. What took so long is that Sweet Geek has to dismantle each pallet, then I have to nail them to the studs. The wall is insulated, too, which made for a fun time trying to find the studs. :lol: Thank the Lord for pnuematic tools! The framing nailer made it possible for me to do the nailing while he broke down the pallets.

Only 3 walls to go....:lol:

Aubrey set me up a soap receipe yesterday, and talked me thru the process. I bought a stick blender on eBay yesterday (Y'all, I live OUT. We have 2 Wally-worlds, yes...but they don't carry much kitchen gadgets. It was cheaper for me to do eBay than it was for me to hit the Outlet stores); as soon as it comes in and I buy the proper oils, I'm gonna make some soap. I feel much more confident now - we'll see how it goes.

What we are thinking about doing.....we need 20 goats for the Exemption. Sweet Geek wanted Boers...I don't. We can't guarantee that they'd be CL/CAE free, and I do NOT want those 2 dieseases anywhere NEAR my dairy goats. So....we're going to get more Cashmeres (and 1 more Nubian doe - I want a core Dairy herd, as well) for meat and fiber, and not worry too much about milking *them*. Concentrate on the Nubians for the milk side......see, the Cashmeres have HORRIBLE udders. LaDue's teats are almost on the ground, and her udder flops all over the place. Annie and Mocha's? Are nice and tight, the teats are just above the hocks (knees for those not familiar with livestock), and don't wobble, even when we've just milked. While I like the *idea* of Cashmere cheese and soap....I'd rather deal with proper udders. :spoiled: So that's what we're thinking right now. (And if we have to have 20 goats? I'd just as soon have 15 fiber producers (because Calvin is Nubian...so, 3 PB Nubian does + Zorra, the Cashubian) instead of 15 meat-only ones.)

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From:hugh_mannity
Date:April 6th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
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More Cashmere is always a Good Plan -- whatever the economy or social system, people will want cashmere.
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From:fiberaddict
Date:April 6th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
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Wait - I have to *share*??? :Snicker: I still have to get some cleaned up for you.....Sunny's is nice and soft, LaDue's is nice and not-quite-as-soft-but-still-soft.
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From:hugh_mannity
Date:April 6th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
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No. Trade. That stuff is worth its weight in gold. At least.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 6th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
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Wow - nice job on the goat shed - we have a ....problem at my house.
I want to save and use everything eventually and my husband hates anything that is not being used *right now*. I think you hae done an excellent frugal and beautiful job!
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From:fiberaddict
Date:April 6th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
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Thank you - it was actually Sweet Geek's idea. I wanted *something* on the walls, because I want to do the milk thang as "correctly" as possible. Grade A requires smooth walls (and a whole lotta other stuff that ain't happening here!), Grade B requires painted walls...so we needed to do something.

Free is good......and looks nice!
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