Holy cow! Time is really flying by. Much of what is going on in our lives is the minutiae of getting older and dealing with some health problems. I am not feeling quite as energetic as I used to because of higher beta blocker doses (that really seems to sap the energy!) and my ongoing battle with some crazy painful bursitis in my hips. And so I am moving more slowly and trying to be mindful of not doing too much, as I always have in the past :*) It feels like it’s becoming a full time job.
After our yearly NY Sheep and Wool/Rhinebeck trip in October, my dear Pippi went off to the butcher. Thankfully, her boy found a great home, so we were spared sending him off for meat. And then breeding began and ended as quickly as I have ever seen it! Everything just fell into place in spite of itself, and in spite of not having much of a plan in place. Our girl Peanut, who I am not going to breed this year, if ever, was in heat middle of the first week in November. So that passed and on Sunday the 11th I woke up to the sound of aother goat in heat, screaming at the top of her lungs. Eleganza made no bones about her predicament, and so I grabbed our sweet Ephraim, the very laid back buck, and threw him in with the girls. I gambled on Peanut not coming back into heat, which could have happened, but it didn’t. (Although I will keep in mind that she was in with the buck and make sure I don’t miss anything as the winter goes on). And as if I had planned it, Saffron and Twig came into heat during that week as well, and all of our 2019 babies are due between April 9th and April 16th! It really couldn’t have worked out better.
And I don’t believe I have to worry about Peanut, because she has just spent the beginning of this week screaming at the fence, in heat again (and I am sure the whole neighborhood knew about it, too!).