HOMEGROWN Life: Sticking Together For Winter Goat Breeding

| 1/13/2014 10:46:00 AM

Tags: goats, goat breeding, winter, Maine, HOMEGROWN.org, Dyan Redick,

With a challenging December behind us and the rest of the winter ahead, the most important thing to remember seems to be: Stick together. Robert Fulghum’s All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten comes to mind.

Number 13: “When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.” Is this what flocks and herds — bird flocks and sheep flocks and goat herds—instinctively know?

With the snow and cold and ice gripping us through most of the past month, I’ve had more time to spend watching behavior in the barn and the pasture. What goes on is nothing less than an example of sharing, cooperating, supporting, and respecting one another. Sticking together.

Farmers seem to have a natural stick-together instinct: a spirit of cooperation, a helping hand, support when you most need it.


Assessing Goats for Breeding

This morning I woke up with the intention of checking a few things off my list of stuff that seems to get longer rather than shorter with each passing day. Plans. But then I walked out to the barn at daybreak. I plugged the cord for the barn light into the socket (running new wiring so the lights turn on with a switch is on my list) and took my usual walk around the stalls to give my caprine charges their morning hugs. Sea Princess greeted me with a wagging tail.

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