Monday, April 16, 2012

Here We Grow!

Well, things have been very busy since my last post! We have been crazy busy getting things ready for our newest arrivals.  We built a new pen for our heritage hogs, a maternity ward for our Nubians and a milking room for me! During that time our Katahdin ewe had a little ram lamb and he has since been castrated. I'm not sure who it was more traumatic for, Bill or the lamb. 

Ruth kidded last Wednesday with twin bucklings.  It was really amazing to watch since this was the first time any of us witnessed a live birth.  There were a few "Eeewww, that's disgusting" comments from the kids, but they really were fascinated by the whole process.  It was completely amazing to see the kids up and walking just moments after they were born. Everything went without a hitch and Ruth turned out to be any excellent mother. 

The kids are strong and healthy and they will make excellent herd sires as they come from some wonderful milking lines. Malachi, our herd sire comes from some great bloodlines. His dam and grandam have both been listed as having superior genetics and are  2*M and 1*M milkers and champions in the show ring to boot.  They come from Sunrise Farm and they are just beautiful white Nubian does!  Ruth carries the Kastdemur bloodline as well as Keeverlands Thorn-Crop Gertie and The Thorne-Crop Gus.

Shiloh is due to deliver this week and we are hoping for does out of her. Not only will the kids have those wonderful Sunrising and Hoanbu genetics but she has a pretty impressive pedigree as well. Her sire is Champion Royal Blue Nevada Joe *B out of  Kastdemur's Nevada City *B and Grand Champion Sweet-Spring PBC Berimargarita 1*M . Shiloh's dam is Frog Flat Ava Two out of Saada Wicked Wine Radar *B and Frog Flat Farm Cheri Cheezcake . 

These little boys will be disbudded, vaccinated and placed on a natural worming program from Molly's Herbals and they will be ready to go to their new homes soon. We are taking deposits for them now, please contact me for any more information or questions. I'll post more pictures and hopefully a video soon.

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