It's been an interesting spring, watching the kids nursing on any doe in range, and the does! My goodness! They hardly notice what kids are latched on. This may be all to the good, eventually, since yesterday I sold Cassie, and she'll be leaving soon. I have mixed feelings, of course. She was the first Sable born to Crooked Shade Farm, the proof that Leah carries color. But I have too many goats, way too many, and it's time to cut back. Cassie's a beautiful doe, but I'm slowly working my way toward an all purebred herd. Whether that will include Sables remains to be seen, but eventually I want to get down to four does.
Her bucklings will be bottle babies now, and I was concerned that with Cassie gone, I might not have enough milk, but I think there'll be plenty. Dandy is producing more than enough for her kids, and she nurses half the others anyway, as does Dolly. The only one that seems to walk off is D'Arcy, and it shows in her production.
I'll miss Cassie, and I do wish I'd had a doe from her, but she produced a stunning buckling this year. She's going to a wonderful home out on Islesboro--she'll be an Island Goat! How romantic! And, she'll be hand milked, which I think is better for her.
Farewell, my sweet Cassiopiea! May your star always rise.