What a summer on the farm! My days have been packed with field work, construction, food preservation, and more animal work than I anticipated…thus the 2 month absence here. As daylight hours lessen my time will shift indoors and I’ll be back to blogging about the ups and downs of farm life in Eastern Kansas.
Our goat herd has seen many changes this summer – and we have been flooded with the blessings.
Things got started in May, when a friend gifted me with an Alpine female. Rey was abandoned by her mama and needed bottle feeding – she’s grown like a weed and fitting in well with our other goats. It’s such a joy to have her follow me around the yard!
We bred Padme against an Angora, and her baby arrived in late July. Little Amilyn is a gorgeous little girl – with a personality like her cranky mama! She loves to run, jump, and explore the run. She’s quite small and will likely be pretty short. My roommate is researching fiber work – spinning, etc. – we’ll sell the results and/or create products.
We couldn’t believe it when our second bred goat, Leah, also gave birth to a girl! She was bred with a Boer goat owned by our neighbor. Little Beru was born mid-September and is full of energy. She’s sticking close to mom for now, but is curious about the other girls around her.
In boy news…
Yoda, our wether, was getting a little too boisterous for us, so we sold him to a very nice gentleman. He made it clear Yoda would have a lovely life enjoying all the shrub grass at his home.
We also purchased an adult Alpine and her son from my friends that recently sold their farm. The son is not related to Rey, so we now have a breedable registered pair (cha-ching!).
Alpines give a gallon of milk a day, so I’ve been trying my hand at cheese-making. We’ve also returned to preparing our own yogurt and ice cream. My roommate wants to try soap making, too!
With 6 females and 1 male our herd is right at our level of manageability. Future babies can be sold, which will help cover annual feed bills. Sustainability, here we come!