Our friend Jess, from Healthy Herds, stopped by with an old handsome buck in rut. It’s hard to describe what a buck in rut smells like; it’s a fairly strong musk, in line with that of a skunk, only not as offensive, but still pretty rank. I understand that they achieve this fabulous aroma by peeing on their neck and face. The smell will cling to you like skunk musk if you touch the goat or anything that the buck has come in contact with. You can usually smell if a farm has a buck in rut as soon as you are within fifty to a hundred feet of him. Hence, we have no intentions of ever keeping a buck on our farm.
Anyway, Joe sedated the buck, numbed up the area and removed the two elongated tennis ball sized appendages. As luck would have it, I was working, so I missed out on all of the fun. Having Jess assist Joe was a good thing, because just hearing the description of the procedure made me a bit queasy. All went well, and the brand new wether was sent home happy and healthy ... just a tad lighter.
Then the girls had their first go at a stanchion. They were coaxed up onto the platform with their favorite licorice grain treats. They didn’t put up much of a struggle to having their heads locked into place, since the grain bin kept them fairly distracted as their hooves were expertly trimmed. We will have to start training them to use the stanchion, on a more regular basis, so that it is not such a shock come milking season.
*** We've added more goat milk soaps that have cured and are ready to go!