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When big is beautiful :)

Glad the goats don't have the same hang ups about pregnancy weight we tend to have sometime. I was able to shoot some pictures of the does due next month - lounging in the sun and enjoying the beautiful weather we have been blessed with this January - and wow, are they beautiful or what ? I love rubbing on their big bellies and giving them scratches in places they can no longer reach.
Christie is as big as a house and with more than a month to go, we will have to start carting her around the yard soon :) She is housed separately with Zia as she tends to get irritated with the other does towards the end of her pregnancy and we felt it best not to risk her pregnancy this late in gestation. They get to roam outside most of the day getting their excercise but not competing for space or feed with the rest of the herd.  
Zia is nowhere as big as Christie but deep enough that she could easily hold multiples but with the drought we had this year I won't be surprised with lower birth counts and singles. She has partially filled her udder showing promise of things to come - level fore, large area of attachment in the rear and such buttersoft skin, likely from her Goldthwaite heritage. Her dam Tanqueray had a solidly attached udder with good medial and great teat placement, which Zia inherited from this strong line, yet her skin texture is different and a joy to milk.
Fern was large when we bred her as a dry yearling and she continues to get bigger, past 180lbs now, not yet 2 years old. She is normally fairly wide, pregnancy just accentuates this trait. Looking forward to see this doe freshen :)
Truffle is due on the same day as Fern and is working hard to catch up with her in size. I like the way she is maturing and filling out, she will be a two year old 2nd freshener.  
And finally a shot of the big mamma's munching on hay ..... happy and healthy, I could watch them all day :)

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Carli on Friday, January 13, 2012 12:30 PM
Christie is large!
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