Free Range Goats

It almost looks like Spring…in certain areas of the property at least. IMG_2710                                                The nice thing about coastal Georgia in January is that even though the fields have turned brown it’s still possible to plant a seasonal pasture to supplement the goat’s winter diet of hay. We’ve been experimenting with different grasses to see which grow best and which ones the animals prefer.

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Native trees and shrubs that retain their leaves also provide great forage necessary for the health of a goat.

IMG_2722We let them out of their enclosure to range about the land as they wish, all under the watchful eye of a Rough Collie. It’s a beautiful sight to observe, stark-white goats against the landscape, moving as a herd as their guardian dog follows, always the protector.

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New Kid In Town

Goat kidding season has officially begun. Last week one of our Nigerian Dwarfs finally gave birth after a difficult 10 hour labor.  She started showing signs of distress early in the morning and by the time the sun was setting she was still outside laying on the ground bleating away.  WP_20150104_17_38_39_ProWe picked her up and put her inside in a birthing stall.  Her cries of pain brought all the other goats over to investigate, they actually looked concerned about her.  WP_20150104_17_38_49_ProOr it could be they were wishing she would quiet down so everyone could get some sleep.  I’ll probably never know.  Either way, an hour after we moved her inside she gave birth to two kids…one stillborn and one very alive female.  Over the next few days as it became apparent that the new baby was getting stronger and would survive, we found ourselves calling her “Ellie Mae” (from the Beverly Hillbillies).  I have no idea who thought of that name but for some reason it stuck. WP_20150106_14_23_42_Pro

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