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This Week on the farm

We got our first goats on this farm in the spring of 2020. Over the last two years, we have had several different breeds, and I have learned which breeds I love and which I think are just cute. But I know I love three breeds, Nubians, Alpines, and Saanens. I have some full Nubians and a few mixed Alpines, and my new billy goat is a full Alpine from some of the best genetics around us. I also have a few Nubian/Saanen cross goats. They are some of the best milkers I have.

I love all my goats; some do not have the most milk, and we are working on adding more milk to their daughters by breeding them back to excellent milking buck. I do have a few Kinder. They are a Nubian cross and have the most oversized udders of my goats. I now have three sisters from that line that will be milked next year, and I am excited to see how they compare. I sold the mom last year, not because she didn’t have good milk. But because she was an awful milker, she was a kicker and made the milking time very stressful. I milked her daughter this year, and thankfully she was nothing like her mom and held still and was just a joy to milk.

I look forward to seeing what all of these girls do in the next milking season. Many will be first fresheners, and many will be 2nd timers, and we shall see how their udders improve this time. I have been worried about my registered mini Nubian buck I bought this summer. I didn’t feel like he was growing. I know they do grow slower, but then we brought him in, and I realized when he is near the big goats, he looks so tiny, but when I had him alone, man, he has grown a lot. So, I am excited for him to be at his full-grown size next year, and we will be able to have some gorgeous goats from him. I love seeing our kids learn. This week, Henry has been working on his tablet, and one lesson was about what noise animals make. One was what sound a dog makes, and he starts barking, and all of our dogs helped him with that lesson. It was so funny. It was a whole family effort to learn these sounds. We have decided to try quail again, and we got a deal I couldn’t pass up. I ordered a quail cage I hope will work great for us. We had issues with quail the last time we had them, and I did not want those problems again. We were told we have two girls and three boys. They were hatched in May, and quail start laying eggs at eight weeks old, so praying after a few days of them settling in, we will begin getting eggs.

Our contact info is www.bootsandhoovesacres.com. Julia Pugh 701-228-4425. Find us on FB, IG & Tiktok & our YouTube channel.

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