So it serves me right to be putting off blog posts until the very last minute .... more like very overdue actually .... I am trying to scramble the details of Harvest's kidding. Ha !
It appears we can't remember (with 16 kids on the ground so far this year, it really does all melt together, believe me) ,so I assume it was an uneventful delivery. Last year she blessed us with very stylish twin bucks from Midnite and we repeated the breeding hoping to get a doe this time .... yet, twin bucks again ! They are pretty much clones of their brothers from previous year. Black with tan trim, one is solid and the other is moon spotted.
I do thankfully have plenty of photos to show you.
Buck no. 1 - this guy is tall and level, wide and standing very square, great ears.
Buck no. 2 - slightly smaller than his brother with moonspot pattern and wide ears.
Harvest has the most beautiful, attached, capacious udder this year as a 2 year old 2nd freshener, we can't wait to hit the shows. She was showing a very correct mammary structure last year but this year the capacity is amazing, yet, proportionate to the size of a young 2 year old doe. She milks like a dream, perfectly sized teats, large orifaces .... A little too food driven so while she has perfect manners on the milk stand, she manages to stick her head into the feed bin and steal a bite or two before she obediently jumps up on her stanchion. We are impressed with the milk output - she easily keeps up or outmilks 3-4 year old does in our herd.
If only one of these days she gave me doelings, they would be keepers ! I am already spinning breeding plans for her for next year, I think I have just the perfect young buck for her.
We are still working on names for these boys, dam's name is Harvest Moon and sire's Midnite Blue. Ideas are welcome ! They are almost a month old now, growing well and looking for new homes.