The last few weeks have been very busy ones. I had been advertising the goats I needed to move along, without any response, and I was feeling a little down about it. I really hated the thought of sending these beautiful girls to the auction, but I was beginning to think I would have no choice.
But, then, I actually found a farm that wanted all of them! Edna with her two doelings, Battie and her daughter Betsy. All together, which made me the happiest of all. And so last Friday they all got a nice ride to their new farm. I hope they do well, they are in a very good place.
Pippi and her buckling from this year are still here, although they have a butcher date in late October. Pippi is still milking well, but she is losing her teeth at an alarming rate, and she is elderly. If I leave her to try and winter over another year, I am afraid I will lose her at a time when we cannot bury her… and I hate using the goats as coyote bait, but a lot of folks do that around here in the winter when they can’t bury dead animals. And so she will provide us with a little stew meat, and her circle of life here will be complete. She’s been such a great little goat, my fierce Herd Queen! (Saffron is lining up to challenge that position, but Pippi is no slouch, she is not giving in one little bit). Pippi’s buckling may actually have a home lined up, but if that does not work out, he will go with his mama.
And so the seasons are moving forward, and I am moving forward with our little farm. Chores are so wonderfully uncomplicated now that we are smaller, and much more enjoyable. More time to actually hang out with the goats and enjoy our time together. They are awfully good company!
And I should not forget Jingle the Donkey, who will never leave! So maybe I should say, now we are 9 :*)