Two Goats in a Trip
A gathering of goats is officially called a 'trip.' Trip here means to skip and hop, like goats usually do. Here is Chanelle (white and brown) and Dior (brown). Chanelle is Dior's mom. I decided to do these two together, because where there is one, there is the other. You can usually find them in the same stall together fighting over a spot to eat. Channelle is the daughter of Marie. She is very laid back and shy. She does not like to be pet much either. Dior on the other hand loves some attention. She is considered a "pet" goat due to being born three weeks premature. She will never be able to be bred. She may be small but she is a star on the farm. She is finally growing into her sparky personality. Goat Lady has a special place in her heart for these two.
Pepe the Havoc Helper
Here we "goat" again with our ever growing Pepe. He is now 2 months old. As he is learning to goat, he is also learning how to get into more and more trouble. In the pictures he thinks he is helping with the shavings. He kind of is ;) I have to spread it on the barn floor in the winter to help keep the goats warm. Him climbing on it and knocking some out gives me just a little less work. He is also starting to head butt making it difficult to get through work, unless he is in the helping mood, of course. He will soon be joining the big boys in their pin and I will not have my little havoc helper.
Mama to be, Marie
This is Marie. She was one of the first babies born on the farm. It was love at first sight. She is now 10 years old and is known as one of the alpha goats. This means that she thinks she is helping by keeping the other goats in line. She lets them know where they can and cannot go. She also lets them know that she is the only one deserving of cuddles and love. She is currently pregnant and due any day now. All of us on the farm are excited to see the new baby or babies.
Mon Cheri (Mama)
Now the time has come to meet the oldest goat on the farm, Mon Cheri. I call her mama. She is 12 years old and the only one without horns. She is also the only one with her own product line. She has a really deep voice making it easy to identify her "bahh". The funny thing about her is she does not realize how big and round she is and has a tendency to knock into things or people. She also has no idea what personal space is when you are carrying animal crackers. When she is out in the field grazing and you call her to come to you she comes waddling as fast as possible. She is one of the naturally funniest goats on the farm.
Welcome Angela to the Farm
Sandra and I met at an event in New Orleans this past July 2021. From the moment we met and started talking, I felt as if we had known each other for a lifetime. She shared information about her farm and products with me. Then she mentioned she was looking for a part time helper. I came over one day and met all of her beautiful babies and fell in love with them. I am very happy to be a part of the farm and I enjoy every moment of it.
Meet our newest addition, Pepe Le Blue, he is 5 weeks old. His mom is Cherie and dad is Blueblue. When he was born, he was an innocent fur ball. Now he has become this little spunky jumpy thing. He likes to find trouble around any and every corner. He is definitely an instigator. There is also a soft loving side to him though. When he really wants to, he gives the best cuddles. He loves his one on one attention which makes all of the other goats extremely jealous. But it's so hard not to love something so small and adorable. His favorites to play with on the farm are RoseMary and Dijor. He is currently a little bit smaller than them but it won't be long before he out grows those two. I am excited to watch this little guy grow and learn to "goat".
I met "Goat Lady" at a local farmers market about 5 years ago. We became Facebook friends and over the years I would see her posts about the farm. Every now and then she would post needing help on the farm, however, the hours that were listed never worked on my end. That is until recently, when she posted she needed help again but this time without specific hours. I followed the directions and texted her. She asked me to the farm where I met all of the playful goats and the rest of the crew. It was love at first sight and as they say, the rest is history. My love for these little guys on the farm just grows and grows.
You will be hearing from me more often,
This is Anna. She is currently the only goat milking at the moment, which makes one of our other goats jealous, as she just stopped milking. After I finish cleaning up the girls mess from the night before, I start the milking process. Anna gets the big pink bucket in her crate letting her know that it is time to be milked. She automatically goes from the food bowl to the crate without skipping a beat (there's more food in the bucket). Once she is eating, she stands in position to be milked and her job is done. My first step is to make sure the milking machine is working. Second, I sanitize my hands and lightly massage her nipples to prep for milking, I get to have so much fun. Third, I gently squirt the milk out to make sure everything is working on her end and I usually squirt it all over myself. Fourth, I attach the pump and start the machine. Once the machine starts, I just pet her and tell her thank you for her hard work and milk. After the machine does its part, I squeeze one side of her breast to release the last of the milk, followed by unhooking the machine to her. At this point she's not too happy knowing that the pink bucket will be removed from her presence, however, she does get one extra scoop of food in her bowl to thank her again for her wonderful milk. I put everything away when I'm done. Milking is the last part of the barn job, which starts my favorite part, cuddling and playing with the goats before I end my work day.