Putting FIFTY THREE Goats to Bed?

July 24, 2018

"It's not easy putting 53 goat kids to bed. We start having them sleep on their own away from their mamas at 3 weeks so they can learn to eat grain, hay and drink water before heading to new homes when they are 2 months old. Then they spend the whole day nursing and playing with the herd. At first, it takes about an hour to catch them all. We pass them from one family member to the next until they make it to their shared stall for dinner. By 8 weeks they get excited to have their supper and are willing to run in themselves, but it is a challenge to get them all in at once, so we use their favorite game, running after humans as a herd. Running with the goats at evening chore time has been a tradition since we started the farm in 2010, and this year our granddaughter Max has been able to join us for the ritual! Before she goes to bed, she gets to wish all the animals goodnight! Not a bad life for a kid, or the adults either!"