I have been gone from posting for so long, I forgot I had a blog. Our daughter graduated in May, the baby of the family is all grown up and Robert and I are really enjoying our "empty nest syndrome". Lindsay still comes home to get laundry caught up because she realized how expensive $2.50/load is not including detergent, softener, and dryer sheets! It's great when they realize how good being home really is. Robert and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary on 9/10 and had a quiet dinner at home. LOVED IT!
We sold every goat we had from 2009 and 2010 and began anew. I was blessed enough to get a yearling milker, both of her girls, and a buck from my dream Kastdemur line. All are beautiful and we are so looking forward to kidding season next year. Eli, the new buck was dam raised, and just learning that we are bringing food, or Nilla Wafers every time we show up so is starting to warm up but he reinforced my belief that the best goats are bottle raised! Javar will be missed with his wonderful personality and his antics but he bred everything we owned and I was tempted to get one of his doelings. Already had him sold when I was lucky enough to get Eli, Electra, Ella and Emma! Sweet Pea is still with us and the only reason my daughter continues to help me with our little herd of dairy goats.
We got a Angus heifer for payment for two goats and she's going to be hard to take to the meat locker. I say that now, but she will surely change my mind when she is a yearling. Dot is adorable even if she was an "opps" and born on the Fourth of July. Still a bucket baby but growing so fast! I think the weaning from the bucket will start next week so that should be interesting. The bottle feeding did not last long as Dot would about knock the bottle our of our hands and so we graduated her to the bucket. She loves that so much more and we can get the grain in her dish before she finishes.....sometimes!