Wednesday, April 22, 2015

(79) Reducing the Herd Size - Too many goats!

Is it possible to have too many goats?  Hummm ... I don't know .. but .. I have come to the conclusion that having over 100 dairy goats and milking 84 of them twice a day is more than this Crazy Goat Lady can handle efficiently.  So, now I'm faced with the need to reduce the size of my herd.

Thank you to all of you who have given 
my girls such wonderful new homes!

Some of my girls out grazing on a sunny spring day.

I have to tell you... making the selections of which ones to let go to new homes has been one of the HARDEST things I have ever done.  I have made and re-made lists during milking times for the past 2 months.  I finally decided to make a list of those that I absolutely had to keep instead of those to sell.  That was a little easier ... but not much.

I'm posting "udder shot" photos for your consideration of all of the does in milk as they came through the milking parlor for a morning milking a couple of days ago.  I'll be giving a brief description of each doe and if she is available for purchase.  For a fuller description of the does, you can comment on this post or send me a message on facebook.  I'll gladly send a pdf document with more info.

These girls get to free range and forage over a couple hundred acres every day between morning and night milking.  Then they spend the night in the goat yard and their shelter area.  They get plenty of hay during the winter when the graze and browse isn't growing for them.  The only grain they eat is the non-gmo oats that they get while they are in the milk parlor.  They were bottle babies and are extremely gentle and intelligent.

I have to apologize that some of them showed up for their photos a little dirty.  It has been raining around here and some of them were not very careful about where they slept last night.

(Descriptions are from left to right)



Amillia - 5 yr old - Sold - Susan
Ariana- 2 yr old - Sold Tonia
Makita - 2 yr old - Sold - Calluna
Tinkerbell - 1 yr old  - Retained
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Brianna - 1 yr old - Retained
Lou - 3 yr old - Sold- Holly
Orla - 4 yr old - Sold - Suzie
Juliette - 4 yr old  - Sold - Kristen & Michael
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Chloie - 7 yr old - Sold- Jeff
Camille - 3 yr old  - Sold - Kristen & Michael
Alice - 4 yr old - Sold - Bud & Sherry
Trinket - 2 yr old  - Sold - Bud & Sherry
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Fawn - 7 yr old - Sold - Tonia
Lois - 2 yr old  - Sold - Judy
Lacey - 6 yr old - Retained
Mocha - 6 yr old - Sold - Tonia
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Faye - 4 yr old - Retained
Trudy - 3 yr old - Retained
Zoie - 3 yr old - Sold - Cindy
Leah - 4 yr old - Retained
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JoJo - 6 yr old - Sold - Suzie
Trixie - 4 yr old - Sold - Paula
Cooke Doe - 3 yr old - Sold - Suzie
Butterscotch - 6 yr old - Retained
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Lanay - 1 yr old - Retained
Mandy - 6 yr old - Sold - Susan
Sanoma - 2 yr old - Sold - Tonia
Gwen - 3 yr old - Sold - Hanna
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Leo - 2 yr old - Sold - Glenna
Oreo - 7 yr old - Sold - Tonia
Hanna - 3 yr old - Sold - Hanna
Vicki - 2 yr old - Sold - Dianna
Leo
 
Leo
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Lexie - 3 yr old - Sold - Brenda
Kathlene -3 yr old - Sold - Cindy
Nalla - 4 yr old - Retained
Chleo - 3 yr old - Sold - Brenda
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Lilly - 6 yr old - Retained
Pamila - 3 yr old - Sold - Hanna
Splash - 5 yr old - Sold - Hanna
Bella - 3 yr old - Retained
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Lola - 4 yr old - Retained
Tonya - 5 yr old - Sold - Holly
Naomie - 2 yr old - Sold - Kristen & Michael
Jolene - 3 yr old - Sold- Glenna
Jolene
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Lucy - 9 yr old - Sold - Cindy
Bonita - 3 yr old - Retained
Ester - 3 yr old - Sold - Dianna
Opal - 7 yr old - Sold Tonia
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Misha - 3 yr old - Sold - Bud & Sherry
Shekiah- 3 yr old - Sold Dianna
Bethany - 2 yr old - Retained
Maryann - 1 yr old - Retained
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Olivia - 2 yr old - Sold - Glenna
Valery - 9 yr old - Sold - Tonia
Lanora - 2 yr old - Retained
Nancy - 3 yr old - Sold - Kristen & Michael
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Poppy - 2 yr old - Sold - Baylee
Pennyroyal -2 yr old - Sold - Baylee
Leona - 4 yr old - Sold - Hanna
Ori - 3 yr old - Sold - Baylee
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Tess - 3 yr old - Sold - Sally
Onix - 3 yr old - $150 - Sold - Brenda
Tina - 7 yr old - Sold - Susan
Hellen - 3 yr old - Sold - Suzie
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Tasha - 4 yr old - Sold - Suzie
Oksana - 2 yr old - Sold - Hanna
Taffy - 2 yr old - Sold - Bud & Sherry
Twila - 3 yr old - Sold - Brenda
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Trace - 3 yr old - Sold - Clayton & Mandi
Abbie - 6 yr old - Sold - Susan
Lora - 2 yr old - Retained
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Tressa - 3 yr old - Sold - Jeff
Nellie - 8 yr old - Sold - Tonia
Vanna - 1 yr old - Sold - Tonia
Gina - 2 yr old - Sold - Josh & family
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Ruthie- 3 yr old - Retained
Tiffany- 6 yr old - Retained
Tuvia- 1 yr old - Sold - Suzie
Ina- 3 yr old - Sold - Kristen & Michael
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Yep.. That's a bunch of goats!  Now you see why I need to reduce the herd size? 
Thank you for taking the time to consider my girls.