It’s about that time of year again, although about a month ahead of schedule, that the does stop producing milk until they kid again in the spring. I’m anticipating that we’ll have jars of the white liquid in our refrigerator through the end of October, but the girls are getting ready to call it quits. They are ready to throw in the towel for the season.
I miss the milk like crazy when they’re dry. I crave it. I HAVE to have it. I survive until spring kidding season, at least that has been the case historically, but it’s rough.
Here’s my plan: I’m going to drop to the floor and throw a temper tantrum. Full out bang my arms and legs on the ground, screaming. It’s the only thing I haven’t tried to convince them…at least ONE of them…to keep up the flow of milk.
But wait. I just remembered. We have one glimmer of hope.
Our one glimmer of hope for milk over the winter is Chispita. Do you remember her? The only one of five that survived when her mom, Dottie, struggled through her labor? Well, Chispita – Little Spark in Spanish- is prego. She’s 1 1/2 years old now and she’s due to kid anytime from last month till December. (The Animal Whisperer knows for sure, but he’s not here right now to confirm a more specific date.)
My role in the whole thing is first, to go talk nice to her, begging her to PLEASE have her babies soon. When that doesn’t work, I talk in a more direct tone: “Chispita, come on. It’s time you had your BABIES!” There are, embarrassingly, times when I flat out yell at her in a Three Stooges tone of voice while reminding her that she doesn’t GET any sweet feed until she gives us MILK, which means she has to have her BABIES! Only I don’t knock her on the head and she doesn’t knock me either.
That would make goatherding more challenging. If we knocked each other on the head all the time. In fact, their skulls are much thicker than mine – I know you may argue that Dad – but they are. I wouldn’t survive many Three Stooges with Goats retakes.
Anyway, I’ll keep you in the loop. If and When she kids, you’ll be the 4th to know. (Animal Whisperer 1st, Son 2nd, other Son 3rd, YOU 4th.)
It’s pretty close to 1st, so don’t get your feelings hurt.
– The Goat Cheese Lady