Welcome to part 2 of meet the girls. You know, this whole dairy goat thing was my husband, Jon Paul's idea. What started off as 2 does and a couple of kids quickly escalated. We have continually grown over the past 4 years. The funny thing is I'm the one who keeps adding to the herd! I love my goats. They bring me so much joy. They are tons of fun, but they can be a little aggravating at times, like when they don't respect the perimeter fencing or get into things they shouldn't. I still love them though!
Piper has bcome a very sweet goat. She was one of the first does born here on the farm. She was very skittish around us for the longest time, then after having her first babies, she suddenly became much friendlier. She is definitely one of the leaders in the herd along with Holly and she makes sure the others know their pecking order. In fact this evening, one of the younger goats was laying where she wanted to be so she went over and started pushing her around. She made the younger goat, Minnie, get up, then began a head butting war with her. They were standing up on their back legs and head butting each other. It's quite a sight to see.
Dottie is the daughter of Piper. This year was her first freshening (first birth) and she had a very showy little buckling. The boys had been hoping for a white colored doeling when the Piper was pregnant. Piper was the last one to give birth out of the herd. It was around 8:30 at night when I went to the stables to check on Piper and there were two kids born, I ran back to the house and got some towels and my hair dryer because it was pretty cool that night and I wanted to get the kids dried and warm. We gave Dottie her name because of her distinct dots on her fur. She is still a bit skittish around us, but she is an excellent mom. I think she will end up being a good milker next season.
Minnie is the daughter of one of our goats we lost earlier this year. Her mother was Pocahantas, who is featured on our goat milk soap labels. As you can see, Minnie has wattles on her neck. They were passed down from her mother and she has passed it down to her baby she had earlier this year. Minnie is a shy girl and stays towards the rear of the herd. She's not an alpha like her mother was. She is a sweet girl, but prefers to hang back while everyone else comes up to get some petting. She can only be enticed to come up close with feed.