Our first wave of kidding gave us a nice first preview of what DiMaggio can do for us in the coming breeding seasons. DiMaggio was bred to Dorrit, Gypsy and Fawn. Dorrit gave us twin bucks, one of which will likely stay here as a back up buck. Gypsy presented us with a beautiful blonde roan doe and a black with white marks buckling. Fawn really loaded the bases with three Doelings and a buckling.
Not to be forgotten is Nelly, who was our last Nubian breeding with Rocky, our former buck. Nelly presented us with two bucks and a doe. Rocky was also bred to Penny, our Toggenburg doe who is due in mid March.
Coming up on our kidding schedule is Misty, one of my personal favorites. Misty is also bred to DiMaggio, and we are hoping for a daughter.
After Misty, DiMaggio will have several kids coming with Clone, Dotty and Sandy.
Also coming in March will be Bill's first kid(s) from Dahlia.
so now you might be think, don't you have Boer goats too? What about them? Our Boer does were bred to a variety of bucks this year as Savage, our newest Boer back was a little small for the job, so coming soon we have Rosa, bred to Rocky(Nubian) due in just a few days, Marley bred to Bill, then three weeks later bred to Rocky. Time will tell us the sire on these kids. Bella (Nubian) Holly(50/50) and Molly(breed???)were all bred to Sunny our yearling Boer buck.
That brings us right up to April. March is going to be a busy, busy month for us with kidding.
What else do we have going on around here, surely there is much more to this farm than goats! Well, goats are the heart and soul of the farm, but we always have a few projects. Right now we are waiting for word from Snow Peak Fiber Mill that our alpaca fiber is done being made into yarn, its a long process and it takes patience! When I last checked it will be March or April, as we are on the waiting list for processing. I also hope to devote more time to exploring goats milk soap over the summer.
Our little chicken project is gaining ground. Last spring we purchased some hatchery lines of Black Copper Maran chickens, and as they started laying we noticed the eggs were a little lighter than we were hoping for, so yesterday we went on an adventure and purchased two breeding pairs of going Black Coppers that were hand selected by egg color before hatching. This brings our Black Copper flock to 5 hens, we currently have 5 cockerels as well, but will be thinning them down soon.
we hope all is well with you and your farms and herds as the dairy goat world heads full on into kidding season!