The DHIR Production page has been updated with the latest testing data from March. We are so proud of our girls!!
I have uploaded some pictures of clinics and other happenings taken at our First Annual event to the TW Spring Open House page.
We are very grateful for our front page spread today's Pharos Tribune. Thank you so much to reporter Mitchell Kirk for spending the day at our farm, and reporting the days events.
What a wonderful day! THANK YOU to everyone who came out and made this first Open House event a HUGE success. We had a great time meeting everyone, holding clinics and answering questions. I want to apologize that I didn't get alot of one on one time with everyone, but if you still have questions, PLEASE let me know. We are always here to help!
We hope that everyone had just as much fun as we did, and if you missed the event, we would still love to hear from you and have you and your family out for a visit. I will be posting pictures from today and will update the Open House page as I gather them up.
Early this morning, Twin Willows TIO Ambrosia Ann gave us quads (2 does, 2 bucks) sired by Helmstead Minis FF Scorch. Momma and babies are doing very well! Pictures, names and availability will be posted tomorrow.
The deadline for requesting tickets for our 1st Annual Spring Open House is @ midnight EST March 9, 2014. Thank you to all who have requested tickets. We are going to have a great time, and we can't wait to meet everyone this Saturday!
Yesterday, March 4th, was a crazy day. Over the past couple of days, we had been very worried about Apple, because she was not going into labor and went well past her due date. On day 153 (normal gestation 145-155 days) Apple was not looking any closer to kidding, so we induced her that day with hormones to bring on her labor. Oddly, she did not respond to the hormones as we expected. Normally, the dose of lute and dex takes 36 hours, but Apple did not go into labor until well beyond 40 hours. The anticipation and worry over a doe in labor is, for me, excruciating! All the worry was for nothing though as Apple delivered two healthy bucks in under two minutes, unassisted.
As I was drying off the new bucks I heard a goat begin loudly crying behind me. It was Cali, who apparently had watched the whole thing, and was jealous. When I got the bucks dry and comfortable, I took Cali out of the pen and checked her ligaments. Sure enough, they were gone. Thankfully, my husband arrived home and prepared a kidding stall for Cali. It wasn't long before she was in labor.
Just before midnight, Cali delivered. There were four babies in all, and one was a toxic little peanut baby (long dead premie) who we think weakened the systems of the other three babies. Two did not survive the birth, and one little 2 lb doeling was left to struggle for survival. She had a very rough start as she was very weak, but I worked with her throughout the night to get her body temperature up, tube feeding her and trying to get her to take a bottle. At four hours old she tried earnestly to stand for the first time. She was not successful. Shortly after, she had her first bottle. By nine hours old, she successfully stood up and took her first steps. This sweet little doeling is now doing very well and she has a great chance of survival. She will be reunited with her anxious dam as soon as she is strong enough.
Introducing our newest retained doeling, Lotti.
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Gypsy Moon Kat von D freshened on February 28th with four beautiful doelings sired by Helmstead Minis FF Scorch. One doeling did not survive. Two of these does will be available. Names, individual pictures and availability will be announced shortly.
How to Get Started Raising Goats
by Erica Hopkins