Sunday, April 21, 2013

Bucks out of Shiloh and *B Sunrising HIA Malachi Sold!

Our Flumgummerie Farm bucklings born April 9, 2013 have been SOLD!
These beautiful young herdsires are out of Shiloh and *B Sunrising HIA Malachi.

This handsome little fellow will be the new herdsire for The Hatton Family Farm of South Carolina!
 I'm sure he will love being in the 4H program and all the loving
he will receive from their 9 children!
Flumgummerie Farm Willoughby  is going to the Fowler Family Farm of Fayetteville, NC
This gorgeous buck will bring in some excellent milking genetics to add to the
strong mammary lines of their beautiful young does!
We are extremely pleased that these young herdsires will be going to wonderful farms with loving families.  I am looking forward to seeing next years kids out of these beautiful bucks!

Here's a shot of Willoughby on Shiloh's udder...she's got a wonderful udder
and is very large and this is only her second freshening!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Clipping Goats

In preparation for kidding time I gave our dairy goats a "kidding clip".  This is rather an easy cut and can be done quite quickly on the milk stand.  I use an Andis UltraEdge clipper with a standard size 10 blade.  I shaved her tail, her udder, the back of her legs and around her "backside". This helps keep her more sanitary during delivery and makes the job of cleaning up the "birthing mess" so much easier.  Anyone who has not shaved their goats can testify to how glue-like this "birthing mess" can be. It will stick to her tail and her udder and anything it happens to touch will be permanently glued too your goats hair, like pine shavings, hay, goat berries, etc. (ask me how I know).  I love my clippers because they are powerful enough to do the job quickly without getting hot while also being very quiet compared to some other clippers on the market.  I just go against the hair and trim away...really it is easy and anyone can do it.

Shiloh sporting a kidding clip. She is due to kid in 5 days.
I left a tuft of hair at the end of her tail.
 I gave Ruth a summer or show clip...well, I started to give her one before she decided I was not fast enough and she was done with this whole clipping business...did I mention this is my first time clipping them?  Like I said clipping is rather easy and anyone can do it. Now if I were shaving for a show I would probably use a size 30 or size 40 on her udder for a very close shave but since I'm only clipping for sanitary milking reasons I did not, but I may try it when I finish her front end tomorrow.

Ruth's summer clip...if you look closely you can see I lack a certain finesse.
I got a little too close in some places, but not too bad for a first timer.

The girls out in the pasture enjoying North Carolina's wonderful spring day!

Another view of the pasture and the barn.
I hope to post a video if I can figure out how to do so!