Monday, November 30, 2015

The Buck Starts Here

This weekend, amidst all the holiday plans, friends, and gatherings that were going on there was a bit of true luck on this farm. His name is Dash.

I have been breeding, milking, and making cheese and soap with my dairy goats these past few years and it is a seasonal operation. The goats are only milked from the birth of their spring kids into the fall, and then they have the winter off to enjoy being fat, pregnant, and content. But that means a buck is key and every year that meant either a drive down to Common Sense Farm to drop off the goats to be bred by one of their bucks or to have a gentleman stay here for a while and serve the ladies. Last year a buck named Icon (or was it Saturn?) came for a few weeks and he did a fine job. But over the summer Common Sense sold that buck and the rest of their herd and now they are goatless until they buy in some new stock. So my buck well had run dry.

I did ask around with friends, locals, and even on Facebook here and there but the leads were either a hassle or meat breeds. Then I got a message from a teenager up north in Warrensburg that had a buck in need of a home. He was a LaMancha and a year old, up to date on all his shots and tags. His name is Dash, pretty fitting in its nearly reindeer sounding way, for the holidays ahead!

I'll try to get a better picture of the gent. Right now he stinks and has peed so much on his face and beard that he is missing a bit of hair. Besides that, he's the picture of smelly buck health. I'm glad he is here and glad that kidding won't start until May!


Blogger Cynthia said...

"...peed so much on his face..."

I how? WHY?

November 30, 2015 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Jen B-K said...

Handsome. So glad you've added a buck to the farm. We love our boys and in fact have just busted ass all day making sure their barn doesn't flood again. While working we discussed the whole "no bucks means no kids, which means no milk/cheese, etc."which led me to ruminating (pun intended) about my own idea that if we are going to eat meat or even dairy products we need to be responsible for every aspect of that operation and that includes putting up with bucks (we have three). There is something so very gratifying about being able to close the gate (literally and figuratively) and produce all you need on your own farm. Congrats!

November 30, 2015 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Nerissa said...

I have the urge to comment"Bingo Baby!"

December 1, 2015 at 12:30 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Will you be able to offer his stud services to others for some extra income?

December 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Heidi Jimenez said...

We are still looking at goats as I want more animals but still need to give fresh goat milk a try.

December 3, 2015 at 1:30 AM  

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