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This week on the farm

We are back to milking goats this week. Christmas morning, all the gifts were open, and breakfast was eaten. We went out to get our chores done. We walk out into our in-the-works goat barn, AKA my husband’s garage we are converting into my goat barn. We heard the cutest noise we had not heard a few hours earlier when we came out to check on them. Christmas, a little mini Snubian was born. His mom is Izzy, our Saasen Nubian mix; his dad is our Nigeran Dwarf.

She is not the goat I have been checking on for weeks, wondering what is going on; Stella is still pregnant and giving me all kinds of headaches. Izzy’s udder went from yes, I am growing an udder to bam, it is full, and I am ready. Mom and baby are doing great. Mom is being milked twice daily, and the baby is being fed 4x a day. He loves jumping and running all around and giving everyone lots of joy. We are not sure how long he will be with us. He is listed on Bisman, so we shall see. I will be dehorning the babies this year, as many don’t want horned goats. This will be new for me; I have the paste on hand as I am scared of the iron. Praying all goes well. Liv and her pups are having so much fun, haha they cannot be contained anymore. The little barks are so cute; they sure think they are big pups now walking all over. Soon we start them on milk with food in it. Mom will love that; momma has been going outside and spending more time with her animals. She loves the little goat and ensures he is clean, just like her babies. Annabelle, the jersey calf, is still very shy, but she doesn’t mind when we scratch her rear end, and she doesn't like seeing us pet her. It is funny that if she doesn’t see us petting her, she is fine, but if she sees us pet her, she is gone. This is an improvement, and we will take it. We have been stuck at home with vehicle issues, but we have been using this time to get much-needed work done inside our home. We have switched out rooms, painted, did some floor work, and more. Our freezers got a good clean out and came up with my weird meals that somehow worked out and tasted good. We got much-needed family time in, and Christmas day was filled with joy. We couldn’t do some of our family traditions because we were unable to leave to buy what we needed to cook. Instead, we had a very simple Christmas, and it truly was nice. A baby goat born on Christmas was a memory we will never forget.

I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. 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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