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Daily rants about my Nigerian Dwarf Goats.

VA trip

The trip to Virginia went pretty well. The girls traveled very well on the way down, and we had no issues. The only thing I hadn’t thought of was tolls. With the truck being a tad “iffy” I decided to take the shortest route, i.e. I-95 with the turnpikes. We actually ended up spending more money on tolls than in gas. Little did I know. NJ Turnpike topped the list with $42.75 each way. I call that highway robbery. God only knows what the semis pay.

Anyway, we got there safe and sound, after about 12 hours drive (no more than 55 miles/hr hauling with the truck. I must have pissed a lot of people off I think).
Boy was I impressed with The Fuzzy Farm. You really have to check this place out. Gayle and Rich are wonderful people, and they take such good care of their animals. They took really good care of us as well. We had a very nice meal, and some amazing chocolate covered goat cheese truffles. Gayle is a wizard with so many things. You have to check out her hand carved gourds as well. Absolutely stunning! They grow them on the farm, and she carves them. And she makes a wonderful goat milk cream/lotion.
The girls settled in right away, and I’m so happy they have found a great home. They will for sure love it there.

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I’m so thankful to Gayle for trusting me with 2 of her most beautiful male mini llamas. One is full Argentine, and one is half Argentine. They are both stunning, and I’ll have to write a separate post to introduce them.
The boys traveled very well on our way back. However the truck started having some issues. Halfway up the NJ Turnpike I thought the whole under carriage was gonna come off. A lot of metal clanking noises, and it sounded like bits and pieces were falling off at times. I stopped several times to try and find what was going on, but didn’t find anything loose underneath. So ended up with the mantra “take me home please” “just get me home”.

Luckily we got home Sunday morning. After “unpacking” the boys, and the rest of the truck, I had to find out what was going on with the truck (no time for catching up on sleep yet) as I had to redeliver the trailer Monday morning before 0900AM.
Most of the sound seemed to be coming from the left rear wheel, so off it came for further inspection. I found a lot of bits and pieces jammed between the rotor and back plate, which would explain some of the noise. I got it all out, put the wheel back on, and hoped that was it.
The next morning taking off for redelivery, there were still some noises however, although not as bad. I got the trailer redelivered, and then proceeded straight to the mechanics I use.
I brought the pieces I pulled out, and when they saw it they wouldn’t let me drive anywhere until further inspection. They checked and found the emergency brakes loose and completely distorted. Off they came. I don’t use them anyway. Not going to spend money on something I don’t use. Will check them, and probably remove them from the right rear wheel as well.

All in all the trip went OK. At least the animals traveled well, and we didn’t have any flats or emergencies. And through it all, I had the best hubby in the world by my side. I think the trip pretty much got the best of him, but he stuck it out. He didn’t really want to go in the first place, can’t blame him, but he didn’t want me to go alone either, so he came. Thank god! I was very grateful to have him there. Hubby, you rock!!
I’m very excited to have these precious boys, and they seem to be settling in very well. Yesterday they met the rest of the gang, and now they all mingle together very well.

The barn is now “all testosterone” and I can’t wait for the fiber next spring. These guys have amazing fiber!!

Friggjasetr is going all stud

After much contemplating, heartache and realizing I’m not a super human (boy does it suck having to admit that), I’ve decided to go “all stud”, and put the main focus back on fiber again.
This is why I’ve been missing in action, just trying to sort all this out mentally and practically. It’s been a mix of extreme sadness, extreme joy, and everything in between. I have realized this kidding season, that I get too attached to the kids. No matter how much I’ve tried to prepare, and tell myself not to get too attached, I just can’t help myself. Having to let them go just tears me apart.
Add that to the new longer commute, and not having much time for milking and using the milk the way I had planned, the decision just had to be made.
Once the decision was finalized, it was just a matter of finding new homes, and finding the fiber animals I want.

I have to say I have been extremely lucky finding very good new homes for the girls. They’re all very well taken care of and loved, and local, so I get to visit and see them grow. Trinity and Tryggur ended up going with their girls, which was great. They have been gone for awhile now, and it’s only Smiley and her girls left with the boys. I also sold Gjallar, as I had two beautiful sons from him that I will keep.
As a breeder, I would say it’s crazy having sold them, as they’re all top notch animals in every way. Be that as it may, I will still have my boys. For someone that started out with plans of not keeping any bucks, has now turned into that’s all I’ll have.  One thing is selling the girls, but the boys… oh the boys there is no way I’m giving up. I’m not quite sure what the attraction is. They’re stinky and filthy during the rut, but I don’t mind. They are my buddies in a different way than the girls. They’re also not high maintenance like the girls are. That’s not to say they’re not taken well care of. They get the same care as the girls, but they’re not in “nagging heat” once a month, and there is no “special care and feeding for pregnancy” to worry about. I will for sure miss that too, as that whole process is extremely fascinating. I’ve caught myself several times already thinking of who will be bred to who.

Smiley and the girls are going on a long trip end of next week. They will get a great new home in Virginia. I’ve been getting ready for and planning this trip for awhile now. Truck needed to be updated and fixed to be safe for trailering, trailer is booked, so the last bit is just making sure I have everything on my lists checked off.

When in Virginia, I’ll bring back some amazing mini llamas, 2 beautiful intact males, one Argentinian and one half Argentinian, both with very good bloodlines. More on this later, once the trip is over and done with.

I’m hoping for an uneventful trip, without any mishaps with the “old clunker”. I’m hoping it will show it’s Ford Tough! Planning on taking off Friday early morning or late night, depending on the weather.

More later, stay tuned….