Meet the herd
Meet the Herd
While not pets, we quickly become attached to our goats. They are beautiful, curious, playful creatures, with just a hint of their wild ancestry. We started with four does and have added quite a few since then. They each have particular character traits that we love to watch. Each of the children named one of our original does, and have noticed some things about them as they've grown. Here's what they have to say about their goats:
- Vinely is a very soft and gentle Saanen-Nubian cross. She loves people and is very friendly. Sometimes if you let her suck on your finger, she will nibble at it. She loves hay and grape vines, but even more, she loves having lots and lots of love. She was the smallest of the herd, but that's the best part about her, and she’s a great milker!
- Athena is entirely white with a long shaggy coat. Her name is derived from the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena, on account of goats being so intelligent. She is a very independent goat, who is often by herself, yet in close proximity to the rest of the herd.
- Heidi is a Saanen with a gentle nature. She loves to give kisses, and often opts out of the rush for new hay to give them to us. She was the largest of the four, and clearly queen of the herd, (which makes sense since she belongs to mom and dad!). Although she can get distracted on her way out to the pasture, she responds to her name. She used to come bounding over and skid to a halt for one more pat before heading in to find some low hanging grape vines, her favorite. Now, she is a bit more mature and reserved, but still lovable.
Max was born in the first summer. He was very rambunctious, and a bit annoying to his friend Milo, who had to put up with him. Max is special because he was our first kid (Vinely's really), and our daughter was home by herself when he was born. She says: "It was an amazing experience to see him born. He was exceptionally big, weighing in at 12 lbs. From moment one, Max was really strong. He was up and walking within the hour. He is almost pure white, with a little brown around his neck. If he's anything like his mother, as he gets bigger, more brown will start to appear. Max is my little sweetheart and that will never change." As hard as it was to part with him, we did eventually sell Max to a family who was looking for a wether to love as a pet.
As a Buckling Milo came to us from Holland Farm in Milford. He is a Nubian, and has made a good sire for our herd. He is lovable, but kind of gross during mating season!
Selene was born to Athena at the full moon, after a long summer of waiting and wondering. And, when she came out, she was mostly black! That's the Alpine in her, we think!
Sandy came from a farm in Vermont in 2013 with nine other Alpines. Right from the start, she was curious and liked to know what Jeff was up to. She particularly likes to sniff his face whenever possible.
Heather is a bit of a rascal! Born in 2013 from one of Sandy’s sisters, she quickly figured out how to jump over the fence, and has become the greeter at the farm. As soon as she hears a car door, she jumps out to see who it is and follows visitors around the dairy, until Jeff helps her back into the pen. [picture of Heather at the door]