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The Relaxed Goat Herd Diary entries

Onion - Boer
Pedigree - Puddleduck Star
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Nanny - born 22 April 2014
Garlic - Boer
Pdgree - Puddleduck Trixie
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Nanny - born 22 April 2014
Pepper - Boer
Pedigree - Northlew Fargo
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Billy - born 15 Feb 2016
Sorrel
Anglo Nubian
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Nanny - born 2015
Coriander
Anglo Nubian
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Nanny - born 20 March 2017
Tarragon
Anglo Nubian
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Wether - born 11 April 2017
Onion, Garlic & Pepper came to live with us in Autumn 2016.
The girls are 93.75% Boer but when mated with Pepper (who is 100%), their kids can be graded up to 100% or grade 0.
Sorrel, Coriander and Tarragon arrived at Cadbury Cottage in June 2017. After the tragic loss and rehoming of the 'Lamorna' goats, we decided we could not be without our Anglo Nubians, plus we want to be able to milk them and make our own cheese again.
Onion is wonderfully friendly and very laid back. She adores treats, chuckles and pretty much attention of any kind. She is a great mum but also very stubborn and will move out of your way in her own good time!! Garlic is also delightfully friendly though not as demanding as Onion!! She is a fabulous mother and enjoys really snuggling up with her kids. As herd matriarch she is quite happy to assert her authority. Pepper is very sweet and it has been wonderful to watch his confidence grow as he has developed from a young kid to an 'almost' adult. He is an independent soul and will happily graze with the other stock. Sorrel is very friendly and VERY food orientated. She is learning to find her place in the herd and has quickly picked up where are the best places to go to for peace and quiet. She loves cuddling up with the kids! Coriander is very sweet and quietly assertive. She adores her mum Sorrel and her half-brother Tarragon and is never far away from either of them. She is very trusting of humans and very well behaved! Tarragon came to us entire but we have since wethered him as he is now going to be a great pet. He is a bit more confident than his half-sister and adores his adopted mum Sorrel. He is quietly assertive/ inquisitive!
The Relaxed Goat Herd - 2017
Having kept and bred dairy goats since 2007, we are now enjoying our mini mixed herd of pedigree Boer goats and Anglo Nubians.
Boers are chunkier than ANs and are bred for the meat market. Many people cross their Boers with a dairy goat in order to produce a large meat carcass and then sell their best females for breeding! Our plans are to breed pure Boer and Boer/AN cross and so have a mixture available for selling on/breeding. This year (2017), a friend is rearing all our male kids and we will then 'buy' the meat back from her when they go to slaughter at 18 months. Any cheese we make will be for our own consumption.
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