Welcome to the Goodwife's blog! Here I write about our lives and the journey God is taking us on. It's a wild and wonderful ride, full of happiness and the occasional heartbreak, but the one constant is our love for Jesus Christ and our faith that God has a plan for us! We strive to submit to His will for our lives in all ways. We try to be good stewards of the land and animals God has blessed us with.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Goats on Parade........Faith Farm's Tulip.........
Tulip is boss goat around Goodwife Farm. Let's be honest, she's a total hag! Tulip hates all other goats, unless they are her babies. She loves her kids and that love never goes away, although they do get demoted down as new babies come along. When food is involved Tulip will bellow like a rodeo bull in the bucking chute. We like to comment that she sounds like she's got the rabies and it's true. I've never heard anything like it.
That all said and done, Tulip is a wonderful loving goat to us humans. She's the queen of kisses and love nibbles. No ear is safe from her questing goatie lips, and no booty is safe from being rubbed by her precious goatie head!
Tulip is a wonderful mama and a great milker. This year, 2010, is her third freshening. First time she freshened with twins, a buckling and a doeling. Second year she had triplet bucklings, and this year she had triplets again, but two girls and a buckling this time. She has a very nice buttery soft, elastic udder with good attachment and only the tiniest of pockets. She's got decent sized teats and lets her milk down easy. She gives around 2.5 to 3 lbs of milk per day, milking once a day. I usually only milk once a day because I leave the doe kids on the mamas until mama wants to wean them. This allows me more flexibilty in my milking and allows me to be gone for an evening if I have to, especially in the first few months. Last year with Tulip having triplet bucklings I had to milk her twice a day. She had so much milk that the wether I left on her couldn't keep up. Tulip is also the star of our goat milking tutorial.
Tulip is not a registered Kinder. She comes from a wonderful line of percentage Kinders. A few years back the KGBA decided that percentage Kinders were too hard to keep straight so they disallowed them in the registry, therefore Tulip isn't registered. That's totally ok by me though, I don't need a piece of paper to tell me she's a wonderful goat!