Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Weekend adventure...

We have been out and about at a Goat Show.  We went to an ADGA Goat show in Georgia this last weekend.  We took 5 Nigerian Dwarf Goats, 3 does and 2 bucks.  We did well, considering the tough competition.  Oldesouth Blue Alexa is our yearling doe in milk.  She won first place and 3rd place in the 1 year and under two year class.  She is pictured below.

Oldesouth Mr Marine is a son of Mr General and his dam is our PromisedLand Thundersnow.  He is very dairy and has the signature topline Mr General throws.  Mr Marine won both his Jr Buck classes and is pictured above.

Oldesouth Galloway did well in a huge class of Jr does and placed 2nd and 4th.  She is a bit over conditioned and we will slim her down a bit before her next show.  She is pictured below and to the left.

Mr General won 2nd and 3rd place in the 2 to 3 year old bucks.  He has just turned two and needs to mature a bit, but really is turning out to be a stunning young buck.  He is pictured below and to the right.
I have to thank Mr Paul for taking most of these pictures with the new camera.  He did a great job and they turned out very nice.

The picture below is Udiamond, my Uni daughter.  She is growing into a beautiful doe and is pregnant by Mr General.  She placed 3rd and 4th in a very competitive class of Sr yearlings.  She is over conditioned according to the judges.  With a much wanted pregnancy, a little extra weight is alright for now, but we will keep it under control.

Mr Paul and PJ have set up the shoot to work the sheep.  It was set up in the new barn for shelter during any weather condition.  I had traded some goats a year or so ago for this Billy Goat Gruff shoot and head gate.  It has been sitting in one of the sheds waiting for us to decide where to put it.  Now that the barn is up, we put it on the west side and have built a catch pen in front.  The shoot is built for Boer Goats.  The few Boers we have left do not need to be put through a shoot, but could be for hoof trimming to save the back.  They just stand there for hoof trimming, etc.  We planned to use the shoot on the sheep so we would not have to chase them and lift them onto a stand to be worked or hoof trimmed.   Pictured below and to the right.

Sunday after we returned from the Goat Show on Saturday we worked all the ewes and lambs.  The shoot worked very well.  A couple of springs that operate the head gate door need to be replaced.  A couple of times it did not hold and the sheep escaped.  But overall, it worked great and my back was able to trim everyone's hooves.  The height of the shoot is perfect for me.  We eartagged for Scrapie, vaccinated, wormed if needed, trimmed hooves and resheered several of the sheep that were botched up by a so called pro sheerer.  The chunks of wool left behind was bunching up and ruining the fleece underneath and needed to be removed for a clean fleece to grow out.  We also weaned all the lambs which were old enough to be weaned.

Well, that is enough for now...  I need to go back to work to rest....