Animal of the Week: Ember

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Meet beautiful Ember, a cross between a Nigerian Dwarf and a La Mancha. She was born in 2011 and is almost 3 years old.  Her sire was DeVine, a Nigerian buck who shared his bright red coloring and striking blue eyes with his daughter. Her dam was Reba, the La Mancha herd queen.

Breeding Ember’s sire and dam was a bit of a logistical challenge, as Reba is almost twice as large as DeVine. We tried various strategies, from digging a hole for Reba to stand in, to using ramps for the buck, to tying Reba’s tail up. Ember and her sister Honeysuckle were the first Lagerians on the farm, and they still snuggle sometimes.

Ember has attitude, is very cute and smart, and knows it. She does things her way. Last year at her kidding, Ember had three does and one buck. She likes to kid in the middle of the night, and this year was no exception: at midnight she started labor and by 2:30am had four beautiful kids, two does and two bucks named Barney, Baker, Taffy, and Sparkle.

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April Farm Event

 

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Pirate’s new best friend!

April Farm Event

Thanks to all who visited!

Saturday was our April Farm Event, and we had impressive crowds despite the springtime rain and chill. Kids were cuddled. Lambs gamboled. Cheese was tasted and procured. Our thanks to everyone who made this such a fun event!

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Kidding Season 2014

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Kidding season is one of anticipation, excitement, and vigilance. We watch our does for signs of impending birth: Are udders filling? Are ligaments present? Do goats seem more affectionate than usual? Sometimes despite our careful observation, the quiet of the barn is broken by a shout of “Nose and toes! I see nose and toes!” and we have to hustle a goat into a kidding pen before she gives birth.

We love the surprises of kidding season. What colors and sizes of kids will emerge from a breeding? How many kids is a particularly large mama carrying? Sometimes we don’t see what is right in front of our eyes. Our unbred doe, Leibshen, whom we thought was just a singularly plump goat, surprised us by giving birth to four healthy kids, including our smallest baby to date, a tiny black doe named Yoda, weighing in at 1 pound, 9 ounces. Thanks for keeping us on our toes, Leibshen! And… who’s the daddy??

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This kidding season we have 72 does bred. Our does average 2.7 kids, which means we could have almost 200 kids underfoot by mid-May! At the end of March, our kid count is already at 101. That’s a lot of kids! We’ll definitely be selling some goats this year, so contact us at info@mountainlodgefarm.com if you are interested.

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