Frustratingly…

Cadfannon

Cadfannon

The lovely Lady Morganna gave birth, this morning:

a little boy.  Last year she had triplets – all boys; & the previous year, it was twins – a girl & a boy (the girl – Arianwen – is utterly exquisite & is herself set to become a Mum for the first time, this year). 

We did keep one of Morganna’s boys last year, however – the sweet little , caramel-coloured Tigger – as he is such a promising little lad; both in terms of bloodlines & conformation.  And Morganna’s erratic number-crunching decisively does put paid to the myth that whatever number of kids a goat has in her first year, it will follow she’ll have the exact-same amount every year for the rest of her reproductive life (well, I could’ve dispelled that nonsense many times over already, anyway).

But another boy…?  Oh dear, mega-milker Morganna….trust you.  Girls next year please, Morganna; GIRLS. 

And the capricious caprine  twiches her cheeky face in triumphant amusement….

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The LittleFfarm Dairy Team: Jo - Goat farmer & Gelatiere Artigianale, plus General Dogsbody; Tony - Airline Pilot & part-time Herd Manager, Product Taster, Accounts Secretary, Handyman etc!
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3 Responses to Frustratingly…

  1. Lesley says:

    Lovely!

    Even more so, if her was a girl….*sigh*”

  2. thebackforty says:

    He’s beautiful!

    “Welcome from sunny Florida (lucky you) to Wild West Wales! Well, you can imagine what it’s like to have 30-odd little beauties, then – all the exhausting exertion at this time of year, is worth so much pleasure…”

  3. I sure hope my gals took this Feb, I’d just love to see them become mama’s. After this morning’s escapade with Fatty-Fat, I’m pretty sure she’s pregers. I had to carry her out of the barn to the paddock. No amount of coaxing, not even with the sweet-feed, could get her off her table in the barn! It’s pouring rain you see, and she hates that. Good thing I love her so eh!

    HDR

    “Ah well,

    all goats truly loathe the rain, with a passion – & for good reason. Their coats don’t contain protective lanolin, as does a sheep; so when they get wet the rain runs directly onto the skin & they get very cold & uncomfortable, very quickly. For this reason our goats overwinter indoors, as no amount of persuading will get them out in the rain & cold (there’s a fair number of the hulking great lumps so I certainly couldn’t carry THEM outside!); & we’ve found that even if we do put them out on the odd sunny day it can upset the delicate balance of their rumens, if the opportunity to graze is only sporadic. And it DOES rain – a helluva lot – here.

    But as soon as the Spring weather improves…they’re booted out for a good old dose of ‘Dr Green’! Mind you throughout the Winter months I can be found scrabbling around in the Ffarm’s hedgerows, cutting suitable browse to keep them busy – hence my typically bramble-torn hands. Ouchie!

    I too hope your gals have been successfully wooed by that handsome little lad – it really is a joy to have kids running around. Make sure you keep chanting the mantra ‘Girls, girls, girls’ though….not that it’s done much good here again this year; we’re up to seventeen little ladies & nineteen bloomin’ boys, so far – grrr……”

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