We have been busy .... Okay I don't ever have much time really always something to do!! But this last week I went to Columbia twice in one week... The farthest I usually go is town.. less then a mile away!! Columbia is at least 2 hours away.. But Saturday I went to a 4H Project Leader Forum.. While I don't agree with everything in 4H I do believe its a good program with good intentions. Anyways Of course I took the goat project class since I do lead the goat project now.. One of the guys that spoke in that class runs the USDA buying station in southern Missouri.. About 3 years ago after struggling for several years with parasite overloads they started heavy culling for parasite problems.. They started with 1100 Boer does and ended with 100. I was like I cant even imagine that many just does!!! That's not counting the kids or bucks!!! But they have gotten chemical worming down to 3 times a year.. For an operation that large I think that's good... He did say to that the ones that are so good can be traced back to the same 5 matriarchal lines. He had a lot more to say but that is the thing that stood out the most to me..
While I was typing this the goats got out!!! But they have been real good and will follow us just about anywhere with a little coaxing.
We also had a miscarriage scare. My one big white doe Gina that some one gave to me last spring because they didn't know anything about goats and should be pregnant. My oldest DD came in said she was peeing blood but it was watery... But then I got to noticing that all the goats had purple stains on them.... They had been in a different part of the woods and been into the poke berries!!! She was acting fine and everything else was fine too... SO I think she just had to many poke berries and it colored her pee.. If she was bred by my Nubian buck she is due in another week or so. but if she was bred when I moved her here then she isn't due till middle of November.I did feel babies moving too. I had to push pretty hard but I felt them!! SO she is getting close. But her ligaments are just now starting to soften but just barely. But she is almost 4 yrs old so she could do all this over night!!
Well I am off to get ready for the rain we are suppose to get. Its now cold enough to keep the fire going all day most days and with the wet weather headed our way I have to get the wood covered so its not to wet to burn!! Have a good day!!