July 13, 2007

Molly Our Goat

Meet Molly, our Nigerian Dwarf Goat. She was born April 2, 2007. We bought her from a goat farm in New Mexico located east of Albuquerque. Chris was able to pick her up last month on his way home from a dental conference. We decided to add a goat to the farm as a natural means to get a handle on some of the weeds that are growing all over the pastures. We thought it would be best to get a young one that would grow up with the alpacas.

She is a female cream with dark points. Nigerian Dwarf Goats are proportioned miniature dairy goats. They can milk 3 to 4 pounds of milk per day. We are not planning to milk her. The Nigerians breed year round and usually have multiple births. She had a brother in the same litter. The females can be 17 to 19 inches tall, and the boys can average about 19 to 20 inches tall. Both sexes average about 75 pounds full grown.

She is only 3 months old and is still small. She is able to move freely from pasture to pasture by crawling under the gates. We set up a little area in Accoyodor’s shelter since he has a place all to himself he enjoys the company.

Here is Molly and Accoyodor sharing some hay.

All the alpacas have pretty much adopted Molly as their own. She gets lots of loving attention from all of them. She has settled right into routine with the alpacas. The best thing is she is eating all the weeds they do not eat.

Molly is adorable and we have fallen in love with her from day one. She is absolutely hilarious. She has got a lot of spunk, sometimes she will run and kick up her heals and jump around. She is real fast and it sounds like a train when she runs by. She has her work cut out for her, and it will probably take her a few years to get a handle on all the weeds growing on the property. She is more than willing to take on the challenge. Molly fits in nicely to our growing farm.