We have been extremely busy with several does kidding in the last week and more to come. The weather has been our worst enemy this year with extremely cold temperatures, freezing rain and drizzle, snow, and then more ice and cold weather... Oh...add some strong winds to that mix and it's been rough on our animals and on us. Certainly not our typical March weather here in Oklahoma.
Lonesome had 3 bucklings born 2/28/2015 in sub-freezing temperatures sometime during the night. She managed to keep 2 of them alive. We moved the smaller little one to the house so we could keep a close eye on him as he wasn't doing as well as his brother. He's now a bottle baby and house pet. :) We named him Pete. Lonesome has Thomas with her.
We lost Harley this year... :( She started showing signs of pregnancy toxemia about 10 days ago, so we were treating her for that and trying to keep her appetite up. She seemed to be holding her own for a few days. Then the really bad weather came in and it seemed to just take her down further. She gave birth to four premature babies. Way too many for her... We worked hard but weren't able to save her or her little one. This is one part of raising animals I truly hate. RIP Harley. We miss you and are glad we have your girls from last year with us. Eat lots of green grass and lay in the sun with other friends that have gone before. Love you bunches Harley girl...
Still fighting terrible weather, Ginger gave us a triple blessing when she kidded with no troubles and had a doeling and two bucklings on 3/4/2015. All three of her babies are eating well and running around like crazy...driving Ginger nuts. LOL She's such a great mom!
Both Shamrock and her daughter Daisy kidded 3/5/2014. They were a day or two over their due dates, thank goodness. Yes, another round of bad weather caught us mid-week and temps once again dropped... along with more freezing drizzle under 3" of snow and strong winds. The girls managed to hang in until the weather was a little better. Daisy gave birth to a doeling and a buckling. Both babies are doing well and Daisy is an excellent first time momma goat. :)
Shamrock is an old hand at kidding. She always has a single and usually has a little girl. We weren't surprised when she delivered a very nice little doeling this year. Shamrock is big doe and a very protective mother. She wasn't real happy with us being in her kidding pen when we were trying to make sure the baby got her colostrum. She has settled down now and both momma and daughter are doing well.
Today the weather is beautiful...sunny and warm. We have a short break until the rest of the girls are due starting in about 4-5 days. Peaches, Lily and Emma are resting and getting ready to become new mothers soon.
Hershey had a little bull calf 3/6/2015. She had no difficulty calving and is loving her new little man. He was born about 4 AM and got chilled before we found him. We brought him into the milk room, dried him off with the blow dryer and gave him some colostrum to help him warm up. Hershey is very proud of him and both momma and baby are doing well. With the weather staying warm we will turn them out in one of the small pastures this weekend to keep an eye on them for a few days.
Babies grow up and months pass by so quickly. It seems faster every year! The dairy girls, Dolly and Dottie have each raised their own calves and several others in the past year... as well as sharing their wonderful Guernsey milk with us. :) 'Tuff Enough' was weaned last week as he is now over 7 months old and a very big boy. He was moved up to the boys pen with the other bulls. We were able to find a new baby for Dolly Moo close to home that is fitting in very well. Welcome Jed,,,
Life is good with new babies and sunshine. Happy Spring! :)
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.