The problem with bucks

Ephraim after the trip

The problem with bucks is that you can only use them for so long.  That’s why most of us are always on the lookout for new genetics, and it seems as though we have found some!

Ephraim is the new boy on the farm.  He is a big, beautiful Guernsey, with polled genes (born with no horns).  He is quite a laid back fellow, although at this time of year it’s difficult for any buck to be mellow with all the possible love that’s in the air!

He likes to be petted

We went Wednesday to pick him up in Vermont.  It was an uneventful travel day, but very long.  4.5 hours there, almost the same home.  And on the way home we had a frightened and very stinky boy in the back of the Subaru…  we took him away from a doe in heat on his home farm, threw him in the car and went!  I can’t fault him his nervousness, and he does appear to be fine now.  He has lots of ladies to cluck over and sniff at through the fence.  They are making him a little nuts, honestly.  He is sharing a paddock with Jingle the donkey, who is being very circumspect with this new guy.  She is keeping her distance, for sure :*)  (Not that he can do anything to her except spit a little and maybe get in her way at the hay feeders).  Smart donkey anyhow.  We like the ‘live and let live’ approach around here.

Jingle having a bit of a pout on Tuesday

And so we will have him on the home farm for the action next year.  I took Reddog out from the girls’ pen on Tuesday, so he is back with Hagrid and Fergus.  Hopefully we have the roommates sorted out for the winter now.  And new genes for the future!

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4 down, 1 to go

Well, it looks like we have gotten through the storm of Halloween 2017 in one piece.  We were in a little pocket of houses that did not initially lose power last week.  They did shut us down for awhile while they were making repairs, but we got by without the problems most folks in Maine and NH were faced with.  I am extremely grateful, as we are in an area that is almost always hard hit.

And so the breeding has proceeded apace, storm or no!  Four of the girls have been bred by Mr. Stinky Reddog, but Edna has not shown any signs of being in heat yet.  I have my fingers crossed that she will come into heat soon, as I would like to get everyone situated for their winter quarters asap.  Unless I missed her heat and she and Reddog did their thing while I wasn’t looking (very possible), it would seem like she may be the last one to kid again!  What’s up Edna???  I guess we will know in the spring :*)

The only other news is that we have officially decided to sell Reddog the buck.  The friend of mine who owns him with me has not room for him and is concentrating more on her Angora goats now, and I have found a replacement buck with very nice genetics (and no horns!).  I don’t have a big enough operation to keep numerous bucks around.  If anyone is interested, I have a page for Reddog’s particulars.

Reddog the stud muffin