New Babies - Life and Death

I love Blossom - coolest big goat ever. 100% Six M Galaxy Genetics and a rock star milker. Lots of spots too.  Sweet - gentle - a good mama.

Quote from the original Six M Galaxy family blog, "The McClure family raised ADGA-registered purebred Nubian dairy goats under the herd name Six M Galaxy from 1973 until 2011.

Six M Galaxy was on continuous DHIR from 1974 until 2011. Many Six M Galaxy does placed in the national Top Ten for milk, butterfat, and protein production."

On Sunday, this big beautiful goat gave birth to two beautiful offspring. The flashiest little girl and the beautiful black boy. Bridgette is named after Joy (our farm manager) and if you want to know why her name isn't Joy - just ask Joy. The little boy was named Bandit and then a day or two later Charlie by one of our grandchildren.

Yesterday, Wednesday, we noticed little Charlie seemed pretty limp. He wasn't getting up like usual. Didn't take long to realize he'd been injured in the night.

Occasionally, we decide to let a certain kid nurse off the mom. Most times we don't - we hand raise and bottle feed. For whatever reason - Charlie got to be with Mom and spent his time under her, around her and in her watchful eye being raised by her. 

We're thinking what happened was that this 190 pound sweet girl stepped on his back and broke it. Quite horrible. We knew what his end would be and by later afternoon - after being comforted in a green baby blanket - this sweet little boy took his last breath. Relief.

To be quite frank with you - life and death on a farm (and anywhere) can be often and painful. So many decisions to make - heartfelt decisions - difficult ones. It's never easy and with this one - I cried - a lot. Maybe because I'd already been exhausted - maybe because it was so dang sad and maybe because he could finally be out of such horrible pain- of which I was quite helpless to relief.

This is reality. This is life. All farmers have these experiences and much more that often there is NO time to talk about - let alone write about (I am supposed to be catching up on 3 weeks of paper work sitting on my desk rather than writing this).  But - I suppose - I just wanted to share this with you - and perhaps you'd take a moment to think about all the farmers you know - that raise livestock - and send them a note of thanks. If you don't know any - go find some and get to know them. Find out how you can support them and the work they do - so you can have the pleasure of the food their livestock produce.

One example here in the Phoenix Valley is Crow's Dairy. We know these people - we know how many hours they work and we know how much (or how little sleep they get). We know how hard they work - with never a bad attitude. Support them - buy their cheese - buy their raw milk - offer to help - take them a bottle of good wine - don't 'bug' them - and don't ask to take a tour - but email them -  cheese@crowsdairy.com and at the very least tell them thanks.

One more thing - is if you by some chance sell your raw milk (like advertise it online sorta thing or take your cheese stuff to a market) and you're not licensed - then what you're doing is robbing from these people. I do not know if that State of AZ has issue with you selling your stuff to a KNOWN friend - you'd have to ask them - Jeff's number is 602.542.4189. The point is - when you do such a thing - you're really robbing from the good people that do it according to the law of your state. It not only hurts them - but it really hurts all of us. . . in many unnecessary ways.

How about Althea at Fiora de Capra - those of you that live in the Tucson valley - support her and send her a note of thanks!

And then there is good people at Black Mesa Ranch - we bought our first three goats from them. Bless them by sending them a note of thanks too.

On another note - the way you support us and our farm and our goats is when you buy our caramels. Here's a delicious free shipping offer. SORRY BUT WE SOLD OUT! Good for us and not so good for you. Keep watching for more sweet offers.