|Well, the name may be a little pretentious, but she is the queen of Feldman goats (of course though, she's the only one).|
Mabel is actually not her registered name, but is a bit of a play upon my middle name, and Farrah's (May and Bell.) It is also an old name, and I like old names.
She is supposed to be giving 3 quarts a day, but is at about half that right now, probably due to the stress of being transported, new home, no other goats, new stanchion, new feed, and even a new name. LilyAnn will be taking care of her along with me, and she's been doing a great job so far. She's milked her completely by herself the last couple days, and has made sure that she's had food and water. She's also helped her to remain somewhat calm during the first days of tethering, when poor Mabel would become very distressed and run back and forth in the hot sun at the end of her line. LilyAnn would go out and sit near her, and gradually accustom her to being left tied to a stake in the ground. Now, although it's been only since yesterday morning that she's been tethered, Mabel is much calmer, and is eating grape leaves and grass, which she was too distressed to do before.
Here are a few pictures I took yesterday morning.
|Washing Mabel's udder...|
|LilyAnn and Mabel.|
|William petting Mabel.|
Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, , and attend to your herds;
For riches are not forever,
Nor does a crown endure to all generations.
When the hay is removed,
And the tender grass shows itself,
And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,
The lambs will provide your clothing,and the goats the price of a field;
You shall have enough goats' milk for your food,
For the food of your household,
And the nourishment of your maidservants.