It’s been a busy week here, we reached the half way mark with the calving during the week when 64 were born and we’re now up to 70. 2 calf houses are full and were overflowing this morning until Brian got a third shed ready.
We are now down to 3 goats – Becky, Megan and Katie. ?Rolo, Soot and Clay were all born last spring and are now hanging waiting to be cut up into delicious meat. Our previous butcher is unable to kill goats at the moment as he needs a separate licence and it doesn’t seem to be worth his while. However, via twitter I discovered that ?@oldefarm was able to tell me about a lovely gentleman of a butcher. The slight problem was that he is based in Cloughjordan and as we don’t have a small trailer or a hitch on our car or a farm car, there was the small difficulty of getting them there. He was coming to Mountmellick last Monday morning and kindly met Brian in Abbeyleix to take the goats – Brian escorted them over in the tractor and huge cattle trailer!
I spoke to him yesterday to discuss how I wanted the meat cut and to mention that I didn’t want to know which one came back to me (I don’t want to be thinking that I’m eating a particular named animal) and he mentioned that they are the nicest goats he has ever seen. We’re not taking all three back, one will be enough for us. ?Mona of Wise Words is taking one and we are swopping one goat with Margaret of Oldfarm for some of her delicious pork. So if you are looking for a recipe for goat meat – you know where to go!
Megan and Becky are both in kid and will be kidded within the month. Katie is now a year old. We had housed Katie with the 3 boys recently in case any of them hurt Megan or Becky as they are both very heavy in kid. ?It is looking like they certainly have 3 each, if not 4 so fingers crossed, all will go well. ?Our goat births always seem to be somewhat traumatic! ?The plan is to sell any female kids along with Katie – partly because I don’t have the time to milk lots of goats and partly because 5 goats = 1 cow in terms of our nitrate calculations which can make things complicated if we have to apply for nitrate derogations and all sorts.