The goats are giving birth to their kids. As of December 28, there were six kids with more nannies showing signs of imminent delivery. We had a significant storm on the 28th and the wind blew and the snow drifted. The newborns were tucked into a shelter and are holding up well.
Last year we added two Nubian does to our heard in hopes of starting up a dairy program. We are happy to announce that one of them has given birth to our first nubian kid! The Anglo-Nubian goat, simply known as the Nubian goat, gets its name from a northern, desert region in the African continent. Even though it has its roots in the middle East and Africa, the breed was developed in Britain by crossing English goats with exotic bucks. It was imported in America in the early 1900s.
Often referred to as the Jersey of the dairy-goat world, this goat breed is one of the best-known sources for milk, given to its high butterfat content of between 4 - 5 percent, which is ideal for making yogurt, cheese, and soap.
In addition to the new kids, there have been two baby lambs born! A few months ago we were blessed with the opportunity to adopt a small herd of sheep from a neighbor. The sheep have done well to fit right in to our little melange and we are excited about their unique characteristics that will add to our ranch programs.
Ranch tours are still available in the colder months so come on down and visit the animals and enjoy the winter beauty of the ranch.