I'll give you a hint. This is the 'dry' herd, meaning they are not scheduled to start kidding until after we return from the PASA Conference in February. Look closely. What do you see? KIDS! As we were loading up Jess's animals she'll be showing at the 92nd Annual Pennsylvania State Farm Show this week, she said, "Mom, there are kids out here." Mary Kate had a fine set of twins--a buck and a doe--vigorously nursing in the balmy January sun.
As we drove toward Harrisburg, I began counting backwards. 150 days ago I was in Burlington, Vermont at the American Cheese Society's conference. It turns out while I was gone, Jess admitted our young buck, MAX Red Hot N Ripped, got in with the open does that weren't scheduled to be bred until October. Great. I'm sure there are a few more 'surprises' are on the way. Cocoa and Clara are extremely large for a February kidding so they've been added to the maternity ward. The ultimate goal is to have no animals freshening from Christmas to mid-February, but it looks like we missed our mark this year.