In case you were wondering, I'm participating in a blogging challenge that kicked off yesterday. I'll admit, I'm not the greatest blogger and sometimes find myself at a loss for words when it comes to this. I know it's something that can be beneficial to my business, but struggle to decide what will be of the most interest to my amazing customers.
Since I told a little about ourselves and farm life yesterday, I thought today, I will start introducing you to the goats that make all of this happen. Tonight, we will start with the boys!
Jake is our herd sire. He came to us at 2 days old and I bottle fed him. He spent a lot of time in our house during his first few weeks on the farm as seen in the picture of him as a baby. He was a bit stubborn to take the bottle at first, but after a week, he had it down. He enjoys being with his girls. When he was 6 months old, he had his first season with the girls. The first birthing season, we had a set of quadruplets, 2 sets of triplets, and quite a few sets of twins. This is his 3rd year of being sire and he hasn't disappointed us so far. He's a very strong fella and can be a bit of a hard head, but he has never been a mean buck. Luckily, because we bottle raised him, he doesn't get testy and try to challenge us. Now, the cows and bull are a different story. I've seen him butt heads with an 1800 lb bull and not back down. He will let me pet on him, but he doesn't like his head touched. He's a great buck.
That black and white goat with Jake is Beau. They are best buddies. We got Beau as a bottle baby wether. A wether is a male goat that was "fixed" or banded not long after birth. Beau is the one who hangs out with Jake when we separate the boys from the girls. With goats, you have to have at least 2 because they are herd animals. A lone goat will get themselves in a lot of trouble! Beau is one of my more vocal goat and he calls to me when he hears me outside talking. He has a great personality and loves to be petted on and given treats. He and Jake are very close in age and they spend a lot of time eating in the pasture and making sure the rest of the herd is protected.
Poe was born in May and has already proven to be a bit of a mischievous little guy. We are raising him to help as the next sire to split duties with Jake for a little while. He has a twin sister, Rey. My boys names him after a character in the new Star Wars movie because they are big Star Wars fans. Poe was reared by his mom, Ivory, for about 4 weeks and we pulled him and Rey to bottle feed so they would be more sociable with people. I've already saved him from near death when he decided to jump into a very big mud pit and got stuck at just 2 weeks old. His whole body was covered in mud, including parts of his face, and I could barely hear him crying out when I went looking for him. Thank goodness I found him when I did because he would have most certainly died.
Today, he came and met me in the dairy as I was milking his mom. I still don't know how he got in there as the gate was closed, but he figured it out. He has a tendency to know when the hot wire around the property is not working right and takes that opportunity to check out the greener grass on the other side. I know that he will probably keep a bit of that mischievous streak in him, but I am sure he will make a great buck for our herd.
I hope you've enjoyed meeting the boys! Tomorrow, we will start meeting the girls. We have a bunch to meet so I will break them up into a few posts. Thanks for reading!