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Previous Entry That went well... May. 3rd, 2010 @ 07:20 am Next Entry
Busy weekend yadda yadda yadda......only this was a bit different from usual. See, Sweet Geek found some goats, so out we went.

Only, there's a problem.

Goats are *supposed* to look like this:




NOT like this:



This:



Not this:



And this:



NOT this:



Do you see the problem here? Goats are supposed to have floppy, hangy-down ears, NOT long, sticky-uppy ones. :lol:

These are our new dairy goats - they're Alpines. The doe is Rose A Texas, the doeling (on the slide) is Dulcinea, and the buckling is Goliad. Calvin's not sure what to do with him - they are by themselves in the "batch" pad right now (Goliad is 4 months old, and already peeing on himself. So.....no hanging with the girls for him!). According to my Nubians (Yes, they're MINE - the Alpines are all Sweet Geek's!), these guys are weird. The ears! :snicker:

Rosa's supposed to be a gallon-a-day milker. I...think we may have been sold a ringer. I realize that the stress of the move causes a drop in production. I get that....but 5 pounds today? And.....she has a hard spot in her udder. Possible mastitis - the Porta SCC test came back iffy, and the CMT was off, too. (That might be because I didn't mix up the reagent correctly. I did it quick - I'll mix it more carefully tomorrow to be sure). Might just be a plugged duct, might be bruising from someone butting her.....but......:sigh: The milk itself looks fine - not yellow, not creamy, no strings or lumps, so I may just be over-reacting (I...honestly didn't WANT another breed of goats. If you couldn't tell. I prefer Nubians...but Sweet Geek wants LOTS of milk. So.....he decided that Nubians just couldn't cut it. There's times ya just gotta run with it, y'know? At least they're not La Mancha's - the no ears thing bothers me!)

They are sweet and well-mannered - Rosa hops on the stand like a pro (she's a FF). BIG difference in technique, though - she's got sausage teats, and they hang down more than the Nubians do. Not hard to milk, just...different. (We're doing her last, and using dedicated equipment. IF it's mastitis, I do NOT want it going thru the other milkers. Got enough problems with the pinkeye right now!)

It was a 2 hour drive 1 way, and we brought them home in the Jeep. Rosa was neat....Goliad pee'd in the Jeep 3x, and Dulcinea pooped 2x. :sigh: Sweet Geek got the Jeep detailed for me today....thankfully! It smelled like a barnyard in there! :lol:

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 3rd, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
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I got some with sticky-up ears, some with hanging down ears, one with NO ears (I LOVE the mancha!)and a few with airplane ears...
Man I am only milking three goats now and my hands are tired...and really I am pretty used to this, just try not to wear yourself out too soon. You might wanna look into a milking machine if you have so many in milk, it might seem like and expense, but you don't want to wear out your hands and wrists - in that case it is an investment.
~ali
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From:fiberaddict
Date:May 3rd, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
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I would LOVE a machine, but we have no electric at the barn. So it would involve a generator....and....not right now. :grin:

We're only milking 3 right now.....5 next year. I gave up on the Cashmeres (don't tell Sweet Geek that!) because their udders stink and...I have my hands full. Of course, I also have kids helping, so *I* am only milking 1.5..that helps.

You *like* manchas? :lol: The lack of ears disturbs me...
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Date:May 3rd, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
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Funny thing about La Manchas...before I even had goats I would go to goat shows and the La Manchas always seemed to be the friendliest, the smartest, the most curious of all the goats. When people unfamiliar with goats come to visit, I tell them that people cut the ears off the babies to make soup. And my La Mancha is very friendly.
~ali
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Date:May 3rd, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
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Oh also I used to hate the roman nose of the nubian...which of couse taken to the extreme gives you a Damascene goat..look up the most beautiful goat in the world...creepy.
~ali
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From:fiberaddict
Date:May 3rd, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Confession time: The Roman nose of the Nubian is...ugly. I'm an Arabian head-hunter, so it's a big deal that Nubians are my fav. goat. The Alpines? Have an Arab head. :lol:

And that Damascene goat? :shudder: I.....no. NOT the most beautiful. It's almost as bad as some of the extreme Arabian heads :shudder:
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