Close the Gate!
Baby, it's cold outside! Jeepers it's chilly out... Putting the goats to bed for tonight meant giving the six does a full bale of hay, giving them hot water and hoping they snuggle! They'll be fine, really. Animals tend to handle this kind of weather a lot better than humans do. Today it was 0 most of the day and the wind brought it down to -10 for most of the day and then it absolutely plummeted around 4:30 to -25 and isn't supposed to come back up much at all until Christmas day.
Cat, my horse, is wearing her heaviest blanket and hanging out in a big pile of hay in front of a large run-in shed as a windbreak. She's a very tough girl, though. I think she will be okay, and I know she was grateful for a heavy blanket! She wasn't even shivering when I checked on her, though so that is a great sign. Now that everyone is tucked in for the weekend...
Merry Christmas or Happy whatever you celebrate! Enjoy your family, friends and food! Don't forget to take a family photo to cherish. <3 Enjoy, everyone.
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The first thing we need to do is make some cuts for 2023! Our barn is small; a small barn means a small herd. Small herds mean some really hard cuts!
4MFVT Sunny Ruby Freya is our first hard cut. Freya is a lovely doe. She scored super well during Linear Appraisal and should probably go to a couple shows in 2023. She has great depth and width throughout and shows Excellent dairy strength. If you'd like to see her full score; Linear Appraisal Score. Freya does well putting milk in the pail but could definitely do more to pull her weight. Our testing this year didn't go quite as planned so we had to stop before getting to our 8th and final test. We also sold some of Freya's friends mid summer and did a lot of moving around in the barn, so it's entirely possible that Freya will do better after settling into a new herd. We also had to switch feed quite a few times due to availability. More stability would help her put more effort into production. Freya's 2022 CDCB Data
Freya is a wonderful mother. She even helped her FF daughter raise her own kid! Very cute. Her kids thrive under her mothering. We are asking $600 for Freya as a doe in milk. She will be available as soon as she kids in March/April 2023. Please see Animals For Sale for the list of rebates offered on all American and French Alpines.