Saturday, May 18, 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Katie, one of my older, TexMaster™ does kidded the other day. Took her 30 minutes from labor starting to having the kids cleaned up and lined up in a row. Gotta love these wonderful dams! ~Pat

Saturday, March 16, 2013

I went out in pasture 1 to try to take some photos of all the new TexMaster babies and noticed a young yearling doe up on the hill in labor. She never made a sound just pushed that baby right out. I love these low maintenance goats!~Pat

Monday, March 11, 2013

What a precious little face to wake up to in the morning.

 I am not a morning person. Don't care much for conversation when I first get up. Just clear the path so I can get to the coffee maker to get it turned on. The night before this photo was taken we found this little doeling laid out on her side. Her very experienced dam was standing about 20 feet away from this darling with another doeling beside her. It was cold and rainy. Not a good combination, especially when moms attention goes to another kid. I suspect this little doeling was born first, got cleaned up but for some reason momma walked to a different spot and had the second. She became so focus on the second that the first chilled since she didn't get to nurse. We grabbed this doeling up and rushed her inside to warm her up so we could feed her some colostrum. We were successful and I tucked her into bed in her little crate and put a towel over it. I find they sleep better, which means I sleep better, when they are in a covered crate or box. Sometime that morning after Clark left for work and before I got up she had pulled her cover back and was looking at me when I walked through the living room on the way to the kitchen. She looked so precious I back pedaled and grabbed my camera to snap this shot. ~Pat

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My sweet, precious Bella is so proud of her babies this year. Just look at that proud face. She looks as though she is smiling!~Pat

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Brassring Secret Storm

Brassring Secret Storm or just plain "Storm" to those that knew her was a doe we bought back in 2005 out of the Mary Wells herd. Our good friend, Lisa Edinger found her for us. Her daddy is the infamous Well's Burke and her dam was one of the many "magic white" does from the Well's herd. Storm arrived in Arkansas at 6 months of age. She arrived bred, not something planned but at her overnight stop on the way here she managed to visit a really nice Myotonic buck. An unplanned event. Poor little Storm. She was so extremely Myotonic and those Arkansas does were so nasty to her that we decided she needed to just hang out in the yard, away from all the bullies. Since she was bred we promised her that if she had a little girl we would never separate them from one another. Be careful of such promises! Storm did indeed have a little doe kid along with a little buck kid. She loved those babies and doted on them all the time.

We named her doeling, Sadie Mae. Sadie loved her momma. That is baby Sadie Mae laying on her the back of Storm. Sadie always wanted to be as close as possible to her mom.

Storm and Sadie continued to stay together both eating and sleeping together as adults. They even raised their babies together. Then in 2010 Storm had twin doelings, Scarlett and Shae were the names we gave them. And still the little family unit stayed together. Sadie's kids were always kissed good-bye by her and she never looked back at them when we weaned them. She was only really bonded to her momma. 

(left to right..Scarlett, Shae and Sadie Mae).Storm never had a blue kid. Her doe kids were always a shade of red and buck kids were always black. Sadly for all of us we lost Storm during the winter of 2011. Sadie and her sisters now all stay together. She is not as close to them as she was her momma but the family ties are still there. This past year Sadie had a set of twin doelings and we kept them both. These are the first kids that Sadie hasn't kissed and waved good-bye to. So now, we have 5 red, polled does that all sleep, eat and hang out together with one another..........all living out in our yard. ~Pat

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

We've been having some nice sunny days lately. Makes me wish Spring would hurry up and get here. I noticed that BF's girls were laying on top of a tub napping. They looked so uncomfortable to me.~Pat