Our Alpine doe, Ingrid, gave birth to twins yesterday – a doeling first, followed by a buckling. We attended the birth and all went great! Mother and kids are doing fantastic.
We purchased Ingrid already bred to a Boer (meat) buck. The breeder will be taking the doeling back for future breeding, but the boy would be destined for market. As I’m not willing to let any goats born on Tuppinz Farm go to be made into “pork chops,” we’re keeping the little guy and will neuter him. His name is Merry, to fit in with Frodo, Sam(son), and Pippin, the other spoiled wethers.
Jeff is still considering purchasing a registered Jacob ram to breed for fiber and meat lambs next year; I’m not opposed to it, but I won’t take part in the process when it is time to decide who will grace the grill!
I started to knit some baby socks with a pattern and yarn from YDK (the best yarn shop in the world, as far as I’m concerned) yesterday, but obviously, life intervened and I have nothing to show you yet. Danger Will Robinson: they have Malabrigo laceweight. One touch and you’re done for.
Our two female pups are scheduled to be spayed on Tuesday, so I’m looking forward to a “free day” to attempt a sewing project from "Simple Sewing" by Lotta Jansdotter. I think even I can tackle the sun hat. Have a wonderful week.