Happy Goats come from California

It’s true, they do.  Especially if they are related to the California State Champion Dairy Goat.  Believe it or not, that is the kind of stock we are working with over here.  They just recently imported 8 Toggenburg goats from America in an effort to bump up the milk supply on the Somali goats that were originally part of the herd.  The Somali goats are hardy and designed to withstand almost any environment, but along with that comes the fact that they produce very little milk (there is not a lot of excess anything here) and commonly produce only one goat every two years (two a year is not uncommon for most goats).  So, anyways, prior to my coming here they brought over these 8 Toggenburg goats (originally a Swiss breed that is known for their milk production) and as it turns out two of them, Sassy and Romeo, are closely related (I forget exactly how) to the 2010 California State Champion Toggenburg goat. Maybe I am the only one that is impressed, but that is kind of a big deal! Below are pictures of two of the Toggenburg goats.  I think the female one is Sassy and I can’t remember the buck’s name, but we nicknamed him Lyle Lovett because of his very unattractive hairdo. I included a picture of Lyle Lovett just so you could see the resemblance!  You can click on the pictures to see a larger image. #gallery-30-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-30-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-30-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-30-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */

While we were out at the goat site, we pregnancy checked and vaccinated all of the goats.  If you click HERE, you can see a mini-video prepared on the process.  Please ignore my lovely attire.  I was trying to be a good Muslim woman – or at least give the appearance of one 🙂  Apparently, hair is a very distracting part of a woman’s body, so it must be covered, hence the beautiful head scarf! And let me just say, that whoever invented the long skirt and then expected people to work with livestock and in the fields obviously wasn’t a woman. I have never experienced any clothing less conducive to work! Really not a practical dress code for the barn.  Anyways, go ahead and make fun of my clothing, but enjoy the video and the process of ultrasounding and vaccinating.

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