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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