We’re not absolutely certain if Thelma and Gemma are pregnant, but so far so good. All of the signs point to successful breeding. I guess I should say ‘lack of signs’, in that neither have shown any indication of coming back into heat. We will do a blood test next week to confirm. If all goes well, Thelma will kid on May 6 and Gemma will kid May 19.
If our calendar is correct, Louise should be in heat on Tuesday. This time we are not taking any chances. She is going for a ride to Valley View Farm in Topsfield. We are hoping that presenting her to another Nubian will bring success this time.
Our last breeding attempts with Louise were a bit of a debacle. By request, we had tried breeding her with a Nigerian Dwarf. The doe is usually smaller than the buck, but in this case they were equally matched. We’re not sure if he was beneath her standards, or perhaps the poor buck just didn’t know what to do with the ‘Amazon woman’ that we put before him. Louise wanted nothing to do with the buck, and he just stood there making noises. This time around we will present her to a more favorable suitor.