I can remember almost the exact date, thirteen years ago this month, when R and I were on a training hike in the Wasatch Mountains. At the end of the hike, we saw a guy coming off the trail with his saddle horse, pack horse, a bunch of dogs and a miniature goat with a black coat, white forehead blaze and wearing a rhinestone collar. The goat led the parade, absolutely refusing to walk on the same side of their human with the dogs. R decided right then that goats were cool, not ever dreaming that he’d actually own one.
As of Saturday, he owns two Nigerian Dwarf doelings. Meet Belle de Boskoop and Dutchess of Oldenburg, named for heritage apples of good repute. Dutchess has the white tail and was the first born of the twins from a state champion, Jujube. Dutchess is frisky, Belle is snuggly.
The girls are 3 weeks old, and won’t get to come home for a few more weeks. Maybe longer, depending on what we need to do for the 4-H kids who are raising her. Marci has a passel of 4-H kids using her barn to raise goats. The kids want to show the kids at the state fair. We want them to be able to do that, so we will have to figure out how to get them back and forth if we bring them home before the fair. One of the advantages of the Nigerian Dwarf goat breed is that they transport nicely in a large dog crate, no stock trailer required.
Belle and Dutchess have some jobs to do here at the ranch, like greeting guests, converting grass to compostables and maybe having some kids of their own someday. I always said “no dairying” but now that we are making our own cheese, the idea of a month or two of milking to get a year’s worth of cheese has its appeal. That can be decided later, much later. Right now all they have to do is grow up strong and healthy, and stay adorably cute.
Marci’s operation, Blu’s Ranch and Rescue has some more babies from this year’s kidding available. You can find her and see more pictures on her Facebook page. Thanks Marci for making a thirteen year dream into reality.