Another kidding season is here! I don’t care if this is your first kidding season or your hundredth, the anticipation is exciting!!! I am always so excited to help the does with kidding and see what all we end up with; does, bucks, colors, etc. As long as everybody is healthy I don’t really care…ok, not so true but it is hard to stay mad at those cute little faces.
As we gear up to deliver those 4 legged bundles of joy I remember the years in the past and to see those girls I delivered several years ago now having their turn in the kidding stalls is what makes this all worthwhile. All the girls getting ready to kid have already gone through this once so no newbies here, whew. Hopefully, no midnight kiddings or five does trying to give birth at once! My girls love to have me sit with them while they kid and call for me if I leave (thank goodness for internet at the barn!!). I don’t know how many your girls have at once but Nigerians are notorious for having multiples, as in triplets and quads so with me having 14 girls pregnant, my herd could triple in size in a couple of days!! Trust me in a couple of weeks time you will probably see ads for ALL the babies for cheap; hahaha….that would be called being overwhelmed…
But truthfully, I will probably keep a few from my favorite does which means some of the others will have to go. I always hate that about kidding season, the time when you have to let go. I am not going to focus on that but the good part, the yummy, fun part of bottle feeding and hearing tiny hooves stomp across my living room hardwood floors. I wish they could stay small like this forever…Until next time..keep your hearts open for a new member of the family..
Pregnant Butts Drive Me Nuts!!
So here we are in 2016..I am ready for the new year to begin!!
We are excited to have 16 does ready to kid in late February and March. Ok so maybe not excited to have all those hungry mouths to feed but you understand. There will be LOTS of kids for sale and some does in milk as well. If you want updates fast, please go to Facebook and like our farm page. Most often that is the first place I update new births and what will be available. I have been remiss in updating the website like I should but will try harder this year to do better.
The soap company is very busy (Yay!) and we are excited to announce some very interesting and great new products! Check out our website (www.yellowrosefarmsoapcompany.com) for more details. But I will tell you a few of the items I have been working on: bath oil, body spray, shave soap, after shave gel, beard oil, bath salts and body scrubs, etc, etc.
We are pleased to announce that we will be continuing to do a one day milk test on our does to get their milk stars again in 2016. I am even thinking of doing a longer milk test but am unsure since I would have to keep the does in milk for 8 months. I retired a few does this year so that brings the total to 10 retired does…all are healthy but the market has changed so I will not be breeding as many does this year. Our milk (sold for pet food only per GA law) sales have been on the rise which is good for the girls and me! I am applying for grants to try and get a Grade A kitchen so that I can legally sell cheese. We will see if that happens…
We have some big structural changes happening at the farm as well. We are getting some much needed work done on the house, a new roof, and some windows, and will replace the stove, and open up the wall between the kitchen and the dining room.
The next Goats 101 class is going to be held April 16th at the farm. Sign up now to hold your spot.
Some of you may know that I have always had a full time job away from home, some may not. Well up until last June…then I became a full time goat herder, soap maker, and cheese queen along with chicken wrangler, and professional gardener. Point being that I have a lot on my plate. Well now I have more on my plate, but it is good.
Our products are now being offered at thedirtfarmers.com which is an online farmers market for Macon! They are also going to be opening a store front in Macon at the Georgia State Farmer’s Market. They will carry a wider selection of our wonderful products at the store. Look soon for Grand Opening details!!!
I also started another website featuring our soaps, lotions, shampoos, pet products and our all natural line of goods as well. www.yellowrosefarmsoapcompany.com Go and check us out!!!
The herd is growing and so is the work load so I have to regretfully sell some of the amazing animals I have. Make sure to check out the Sales Page to see if anything interests you!. Have an awesome day!
We have been busy on the farm with kiddings this spring! So far this year we have had 47 births on the farm, whew am I tired. So we have all the girls bred for February and March completed now waiting on 4-5 more to kid in May then we are done until August when we have 14 prospective mothers.
We received our Pet Food license to sell raw goat milk this year and I have also been experimenting with butter and yogurt for our personal use. We also added 28 more chickens to the farm so when they start laying we will have lots of extra eggs!!
Just got the garden put into the ground and am hoping it produces well for us this year. Our goal is to produce more food for us than having to buy at the grocery store.
Lots of festivals coming soon for soap and bath products!!
We will only be going to one show this spring, The GDGBA Spring Show in Monroe, May 30th. We hope to see you there!!!
We have closed out the fall 2014 show season with one of our favorite shows, The South Carolina State Fair. The show season started in September with the Tennessee State Fair in Nashville where we had a great time. At that show, KACO Yellow Rose Sunshine and KACO Yellow Rose Ixora both earned their junior show wins! We also were awarded best three juniors, and Junior get of sire for Kaapio Acres JA Makin Me Crazy (Mark).
Our next foray into the show ring was at the Gwinnett County Fair in Lawrenceville. We did not bring home any Grands at this show but were sure proud of Double Durango and their wins. (Their buck “KACO Yellow Rose Captain” is a Chief son and sired all their winners.)
Next up was the Georgia National Fair in Perry. we had a blast being able to visit with some friends from Florida and had some success in the show ring as well. KACO Yellow Rose Ryzingstar (Angel) got reserve junior doe, and our Dairy herd was third from all the breeds!!
So onto South Carolina State Fair in Columbia. Again a great weekend with great friends both old and new!! On Saturday, the juniors placed well and again Angel was reserve grand champion. Mark not only took honors for Junior Get of Sire but also placed second as well. But on Sunday it was our day to shine!!!! The seniors went out there and did their stuff!! KACO Yellow Rose Ebonee was awarded Grand Champion. CH KACO Yellow Rose Snow white was named best of breed, and best udder. Senior get of sire was CH Kaapio Acres Chief Justice (the old man is still doing his job), Yellow Rose was also awarded Best Nigerian Dairy Herd. Although we did not win the overall or supreme dairy herd the judge was very complementary of the quality of the YRF does.
All in all a very successful show season and we hope to see everyone out soon!! Now onto to the fall festival season and soaping…and cheesing…
We had an awesome time at the Tennessee State Fair held in Nashville. Mandy (Latimer Luck Acres), Katy (Showman extraordinaire), and myself made the 5 hour trip with a trailer full of goats. I think 28 all together plus 8 babies. Needless to say we were very full. Although YRF senior does did not do as well as we hoped on Saturday, Sunday proved to be quite different for the junior girls. In Ring 1 (Judge Ed Cavanaugh) deemed our “daughter” KACO Yellow Rose Sunshine worthy of Grand Champion while in Ring 2, Judge Scott Bice placed our KACO Yellow Rose Ixora Grand Champion. Also in Ring 1, the TN State Fair show with all the extra classes, YRF was awarded the Best 3 Junior Does in Nigerians!! We later went back into the ring for Supreme best 3 and although we did not win were congratulated for their dairyness, length of body, and escutcheon height. Pretty good considering the competition we were up against.
Thanks to Kevin Kinney and all who made it possible. We will definitely be back next year. It is good to meet people at a show from up north that we only get to see once or twice per year.
Just returned from the National show. Was lucky enough to be able to go for 3 days. There are some gorgeous animals that I got to see and admire. I respect the exhibitors dedication to staying in the barn for a whole week. I am not sure my girls would be as forgiving as those goats. I am so proud to know some of the winners. If you are ever able to go and watch or show, do…it is well worth the time and effort. Next year the national show is in Redmond, OR. and for 2016 Harrisburg, PA. I would love to be able to show at at least one of the nationals. Anyone want to help fund it? tee hee…..
We are up and running with the goat milk products!! It took a while to get up the nerve but now have over 50 different scents available in bar soap. We also have goat milk lotion in varying scents and chemical free “Shoo Fly” insect repellant. We will have liquid soap in foamer containers this weekend and are looking to add shampoo, body wash, and a line of pet products in the near future. You can order directly from the website. Try our soap, I bet you will like it.
This spring we are in for some kind of fun!! We have 15 does due in the next 3 weeks or so, many are first fresheners!! So exciting to see their udders coming in!! It is like Christmas. All the goats seem to be doing well even after the crazy weather here in GA. From what I understand, we are in for at least 1 more round of ice and snow in March. I sure do hope that my babies get here before then.
On another note, we will be breeding for fall in March so hope the weather is good at that time as well. We have several shows we will be attending starting with April 25-26 at Carrollton. we always have a great time. I will also be awarding the “Kay James Memorial” to the Best ND Senior Doe and Best ND Junior Doe. I hope I win!! (Is that bad?) Then we will be attending the Clemson Spring Dairy Goat Show the 3rd weekend in May and following it up with the Monroe Dairy Goat Show the last weekend in May!!
If you need any other information about these shows or the goats let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org or like us on Facebook!!