October is my favorite month of the year. I love the cooler weather and generally love Fall! In the south we do not see fall colors until late October into November. So, what have we been doing since the last post. We have done a bunch.... I have been off from the hospital since October 1st and just went back today, the 18th. Are you ready... We did more then lay on a beach somewhere...
This is Saxon to the left. His fleece was awsome this year. Clean and sooo soft. He has a golden color to his white wool. It reminds me of the golden fleece fable. When the sun hits it just right, his fleece will glisen in the sunlight.
My older ewe, Angie had a decent fleece, nothing to brag about. But we had to reshear her from the half assed job the pro did, so she did not produce a long enough fleece this year. But, she made it through the summer and is a great old gal.
The picture to the right are some ram lambs sired by The Trump. They show the main Icelandic colors, Black in the front, morrit in the middle and white at the rear.
We sheared 27 sheep, mostly Icelandics. My son, Tim and I sheared 13 in one day and I did the lambs and the rams after he went back to New Mexico. He is in the Air Force. We also sheared several Shetland lambs, harvesting the best lamb wool in the fall. Now the shetlands will be sheared once a year, in the spring. The Trump has a thick beautiful fleece, but it is not as soft as Snow man and Saxon.
October 1st, Fairla Jean-Louis finally was flown in from Harvard, Mass.. After all the details, he finally arrived. He is a beautiful Nigerian Dwarf Buck and worth the effort. He is a sweet heart on top of it all and now out of isolation, having a party with the ladies. Louie, as we call him is a great little guy. I have clipped him up a bit, but his coat was so thick, he was like trying to clip a wool sheep. I did not want to clip him to short, because it is getting cold, in the high 40s at night. He was rough on the small clipper blades, but looks decent. I almost broke out The Judge (Oster Sheep Shears), we call the heavy monster clippers The Judge. But, I did not want him that closely shorn. Just wanted to see what he looked like under all that hair.
We also shaved 10 goats for the show in Montgomery and another show coming up in November at Dothan, Alabama. Of the 10, two were to pregnant to show. The does are all pregnant and have not kidded when I expected. Even Sweet Caroline has not kidded yet. We showed them dry and we came home with Grand Champion Sr and Jr doe, Reserve Champion Sr and Jr doe, and Best of breed Nigerian. We made some cash as well. We will be traveling to the Dothan Peanut Festival Goat show in November and that will be the last show of the season.
The picture to the left is UDiamond taking Reserve Jr Doe at the Alabama National Fair. UDiamond is a Diva and you can see how proud she is for her win. She is very jealous and does not like to place at the end of the line. She is a special girl and we enjoy showing her as much as she enjoys showing. She is pregnant with Mr General kids.
So while preparing goats, working with goats, etc, we also made a trip to Auburn to pick up a couple of older Nigerian Does from a friend of mine who is in nursing school. The does are older, but good does and I would like to add them to my breeding program. They are in isolation until their blood work comes back, CAE and Johnes. We had the entire herd tested again, October 6. 2010, an annual event to make sure our goats are CAE and Johne's FREE. We have a CAE negative herd and intend to keep it that way. Dr Doug Halbrook came out to draw the blood and it was sent directly to Washington State for the testing. We should hear back this week with the results. The two does missed the original testing and I hauled them to a local vet and sent their blood off as well.