Tuesday, August 05, 2008
This And That
Ian author of Farm Blogs from Around the World has added me to his list! I was recommended by Lynda from Food Fun and Farm Life in South Africa. Thank you Lynda and Ian! I now have a long list of very interesting farm blogs to read and learn from. I could spend days just reading and learning from all these wonderful bloggers.
On a different subject. I have had several people puzzled about disbudding baby goats. It is the most painful thing I know of done to such sweet little young kids. I hate it but if you have ever had to go out several times a day to get a goats head out of a fence or a place they got it stuck in because of their horns. If you have ever seen them fight with those horns or been hit with them you would understand just a few of the reasons disbudding is done. Our registered Nubian's are sold for showing and they need to be disbudded. What happens is you have a tool that looks like a curling iron and you heat it till its VERY hot. Test it on a piece of wood and make sure it leaves a burnt circle. Then you are ready for the kids. You are suppose to have built a box to contain them while you do this but we haven't yet. We have several people hold them while one disbuds. The kids screams, the mom screams, I usually have my eyes closed but this time I couldn't. After its all over the kid goes back to mom, nurses and gets comforted and usually takes a nap. The nap is probably from the pain medication I give them 30 minutes before the disbudding. The pictures below are from when William was doing the disbudding. I didn't have enough hands helping to take pictures of my first experience at hurting the babies.