Things are pretty awesome frankly. I feel like this year is finally what I’ve been waiting and working for. The last two years prior were kind of – or really fucking amazingly – stressful so this year I feel as if I’m finally able to smile and reap the long sewn rewards.
Hannah’s babies are doing great. They are more mobile every day and galloping around in the most adorable ways. Not only do I love these guys but it means that in a few months I’ll have milk for my family and start making cheese. I’ve looked at an automatic butter churn and think I’ll add that to my kitchen arsenal too. The Mr and I have had a goal for quite a while now to be as self sustained as possible. Not because we are hippies, not because we don’t think groccery store food is good, but because it has become more important to us to be able to provide for ourselves. I think that the more involved you get in growing your own food the more horrified you are when you discover what a lot of your food goes through to get to you. Have you ever seen a milking plant for cows? Yeah, I’m not squeemish or a bleeding heart anything but damn, something about that doesn’t seem right ya know?
Our goats are for milk only but it goes a long way in adding that missing factor to our self sustainability. We already got 99% of our meat this last fall from the 4H kids & FFA members when we bought animals at the fair so this year I’m going to focus on gardening and other forms of preserving food. I’ve already got a large garden mapped out (around our small apple and plum orchard) and I’m excited to go to town.
Jet is our little buckling and he’s jet black (hense the name). I haven’t really decided 100% what I’m doing with him. He’s unrelated to my other doe but I already have a buck I can breed to both ladies. He’s just so beautiful though. I’d love to sell him as a buckling to someone who wanted to enhance their herd but I don’t know what the market is like.
His sister Rocket on the other hand is definitely staying. She’s absolutely beautiful with her markings and will be added as a milker once she’s old enough. I can’t even tell you how happy I am to have gotten a girl, I was just terrified that I’d end up with all boys. I’m still hoping that DD (our pregnant La Mancha Doe that came with Hannah) has some girls. Cross your fingers for me! Boys are kind of worthless. :/
We’ll be registering the kids soon and keeping a close eye on Rocket. I’d be interested in showing her just to see what the experience is like.