Welcome Dixie, the newest member of our family! Dixie arrived very unexpectedly one day as I was returning from the vet's office with a hurt baby goat. I happened to glance down the road (instead of looking at the cows) and saw "something" run across the road and clumsily climb over the side and vanish into the woods. I remember wondering if it was a cat, coon, or what? As I drove by, it suddenly came to me... A puppy! a very young puppy... Scared and trying to get off the road.
I backed up to where I had last seen the pup, parked, and began the chase - sort of... It doesn't take much to be faster than I am and the puppy certainly was, even so little. LOL I followed the pup... climbing over fallen, rotting trees, through brambles and vines, for about 15 minutes. Finally the puppy laid down to hide under a brush pile and I was able to reach her. Yes, a little girl that someone had dumped on the side of the road. I will never understand some people. Out where we live most animals that size end up being coyote dinner. Why didn't they at least take her to the dog pound and let someone try to help? Sigh.... Well, Dixie found a good home. :)
Look at that sweet face! How could anyone not love her?!?! She was so frightened and hungry. We decided to keep her... what else? LOL It took several days to find a name that really fit her personality. As she became more confident and at home, her true personality showed and we finally settled on the name Dixie. She has the terrier temperament and is fearless now that she knows she has a forever home. She loves to chew, chase the cat, and cuddle when she's sleepy. Dixie is so happy that she makes us all smile. :)
So of course, Dixie had to make a visit to the vets to get her vaccinations and worming. She traveled very well, sleeping most the time. And when she isn't sleeping, she loves to chew on her sock monkey toy. :)
Then we had to stop for a visit with her Aunt Sue. Dixie loved that! She spent 30 minutes getting petted and spoiled! LOL
Zach and Amber, our son and daughter-in-law, came to visit and fell in love with our Dixie girl. She charmed her way right into their hearts! Even with her oneriness, puppy barking and talking back, and trying to carry off their shoes to chew on while they were here.
Everyone loves Dixie... except the goats. The new momma goats are NOT happy having her around their babies. So in order to keep from getting smashed by mean momma goats, Dixie has to stay tied up in a pen while in the goat barn, She's not happy about that!
The Great Pyrenees LGDs are still checking her out. They really don't understand why something so little is even thinking about bothering their goats.
Dixie is learning to walk on a leash, respect the goatie mommas, other dogs, horses, cows, and guineas. She loves following the chickens and playing with the Kelpie pups, Desi and Lucy. She has lots of chew toys and her own kennel at night. She loves being with her new family and is already growing fast. We are very happy that Dixie joined our family and enjoys living with us! :)
All our Boer kids are sold...
For the first time in a couple of years we listed our Boer baby goats for sale. The ad went out on Sunday afternoon and by Tuesday ALL our babies were spoken for!! And we are still getting emails and calls from people wanting goatie babies. What a great problem to have! :) Be sure and put your name on our waiting list early next year if you're wanting any of our 2017 Boer kids!
We're very excited this year as we feel the little ones are going to really good homes... and to several folks that will be showing in different areas and different shows than our kids have the past few years. Exciting!!! We can't hardly wait to see how the all do!
5 kids~ 3 doelings and 2 bucklings will be going home with the John & Allison Stearman Family of Tecumseh, OK. We are all excited about their shows this year! The Stearman girls will be competing in some really different venues than our goats have in the past. Wishing them the very best in showing!
Lou and Caleb were sold to Karen Fuller of Mulberry, AR as bottle babies. Karen has raised goats in the past and is excited to be teaching her granddaughters about raising Boers. :)
All 6 of these lovely doelings will be going home with Ben Schlegal of the Farmington/Fayetteville, AR area. Ben is starting his journey into raising Boer goats and has gathered a nice, small herd already this spring. Ben has lots of past experience with animals and is planning on sharing this interest with his grandkids. :) Perhaps you'll see them at some local shows as well!
2 very nice wethers will be going home with Angelia Padusch of Claremore, OK. They will be shown by her daughter. She is a Senior this year and it may be her last year to compete. We are keeping our fingers crossed that they place well in her shows!
This stout little guy has a trip in front of him. He will be moving to Burrton, KS to be shown by Marla Klein's son in Kansas shows this year!
These 2 bucklings were sold as bottle babies and made the very long trip to Tonganoxie, KS. They are currently settling in to their new home with Craig & Dana Hayes. Dana has raised goats for some time and currently owns Roy Rogers, a nice buck that we raised. She has downsized some recently and is switching over to FB registered Boer goats. Thanks Dana & Craig for making that long drive to give these guys a great home!
Look at that face! After raising Mallory in the house for a few weeks, we were so attached we decided we just couldn't let her go. :) Mallory is here to stay and we're enjoying her BIG personality! Kristina's doeling looks so much like her sire, we just had to keep her as well~ It's really hard not to keep all of them! LOL
Ginger's wether (top) will be going home with the Troy & Sammi Bates family for their son Cope, to show this year. The 3 yearling does- Heather, Donna, and Katie will be heading back to the Benton County Fair to be shown again this year by the girls. Looking forward to seeing how well they all do again this year!
We have 1 last doe to kid. Elsa was bred late and isn't due until 4/13. So we have a nice break and have (almost) made it through a very successful kidding season. We lost only 1 kid this year and have 21 healthy, happy Boer babies on the ground. All their dams are doing very well and we're breathing a sigh of relief. Everyone is healthy and happy that Spring is just around the corner...
The Murray Greys are due to start calving the end of February. Tatiana, Lana, and Hope are looking like they are starting to spring some. Can't wait to have more MG babies soon! But that's another post. :)
After an unusually mild winter (knock on wood), the grass is starting to take on a green tint, we're on the lookout for Purple Martins to return, and I'm starting to get the "itch" to garden. Spring is almost here!
We started early this year with our first doeling kidding on January 31st. Peaches gave us triplets this year. Two lovely doelings and a big buckling. All three kids are doing well.
By the end of the first week of February we had 16 kids on the ground. :) Been a busy week without much sleep!
Emma joined the fun and gave us our second set of triplets on February 3rd. She has two nice, big bucklings and a lovely doeling.
Daisy kidded with twin bucklings on the 4th. Unfortunately, we lost one little guy. Daisy is very protective of her buckling and he is growing like a weed.
Missy joined Daisy and kidded with our third set of triplets the very same day!
We had a short break for a couple days and then on February 8th, we started up again Shamrock surprised us with twins, her first time ever. :) Shamrock is a great mother to her little buckling and doeling.
Tiffany decided to kid with twins the same afternoon, which was fortunate as she needed some help. Her first kid was a very large buckling. The next was a sweet doeling.
Found Natalie in labor when we went for the midnight check to see how she was doing.. She also had twins. A paint buckling and doeling. Such sweet little faces. :)
Kristina gave us twin doelings February 13th...Almost Valentine's Day babies:) She did good and we have two more lovely doelings!
We have Ginger and Elsa to still to deliver. Then we can relax and enjoy all the bouncing kids!
Random, fun kid pictures at the barn :) More to come!
Russell Ranch is located in beautiful NE Oklahoma, just a few miles from the Illinois river in Green Country. There are lovely rolling hills, lots of wonderful lakes and rivers, and forests full of wildlife.