We have welcomed another year here on the farm. 2011 was a year full of blessings and we praise the Lord for growing our herd and helping us expand the soap business. I hope to use this blog mainly for updates during kidding season (with 16 does due this year it will also help me keep track :) and also to let you take a sneak peek at our life here at Old Paths Homestead.
I will be honest with you, I am counting days until first kidding. Last year we already had a nice crop of keeper doelings on the ground and what gorgeous young ladies they have since become, many to have kids of their own this spring. And, while I am thankful for the break and peaceful holiday season uninterrupted with bottle feedings and barn watches at night - I feel a little empty handed at the same time.
Our first doe due usually gets the most attention - here, as well as from our goat friends in expectations of their own kiddings. Zia could probably do without it, since she has turned into quite the loner at the height of her pregnancy and prefers to be left alone. She started uddering up last week and I just reminded myself why I decided to keep her another year - what a lovely mammary she is shaping up ... this year should be her year to shine as a 3 year old 3rd freshener. She has gotten deep and wide and filled and matured, yet her udder stays attached front and back year after year. Zia gave us a single buckling in 2010 and a lovely pair of doelings in 2011. We are excited to see what she produces with Dakota and I am hoping for just a bit more capacity in her mammary over last year. We are, of course, eagerly awaiting not only new babies but also stream of fresh milk - we chose not to milk through the winter this year andeven though the time off has been great, we miss our milk and customers.
So, here is to waiting ....... 28 days to go.