Now that you've met the boys, let's start meeting the girls. We have quite a few girls right now, so we will spread it out over a few posts. All of my girls have distinct personalities. Some want to be around you all the time while others have days when they want to be left alone. With goats, sometimes you don't know what you are going to get! Let's start with the girls that have been with us the longest.
Holly is the daughter of one of our first goats, Madeline. The picture to the right is when she first came to the farm. She is a very smart goat and tends to be one of the leaders of the herd. She knows exactly where we keep the feed and if a gate is left open, you better believe that she will find it and head straight for the dairy room and the feed. Her personality is hot and cold. She has days when she wants to be loved on and other days when she wont let you near her. She's a good milker and easy to get up on the stand.
Sally is a very special goat. I fell in love with her the moment I saw her, but it was quite obvious that she wasn't quite a normal goat. We believe that she may have gotten stuck in the birth canal when she was born and suffered some neurological damage. She always has a far off gaze in her eyes and she doesn't necessarily hang out with the rest of the herd. She is perfectly content to be by herself. Sally is such a sweet soul and will let us all love on her. When she runs, her head tilts to the side. She is my "Forrest Gump" of goats. Another little known fact about Sally is that she was born with extra teats. They are smaller than her regular teats and don't function, but she has 4 teats instead of two. She is a tough girl. She has a real problem when it comes to intestinal worms and we've almost lost her a couple of times because she gets very sick if she picks up any parasites. I am beginning to think she may be part cat because I think she has 9 lives.
Emma was another bottle baby that has become a great milker. She's a vocal girl who has no problems showing her discontent if we are late milking. She's a little on the shorter side. I love watching her get on the milk stand. She backs up and gets a bit of a running start and jumps up. She's a good milker for her size and has a great disposition.