Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Peg (who's not silly) and the bearded Tilly


Months ago now we bought two Saanan goats, Peg and Tilly. Peg quickly taught us just how smart a goat can get. She can take the lid of anything, and when Trev built a goat palace extension with a gate and a 'helicopter' latch, she showed us how quick she could work that out too. While Peg is a character we both fell for Tilly. Tilly is the smoochiest goat I've ever met. She's very gentle, nuzzles up to you, tenderly gives your ear a nibble, rubs her head up against yours, kisses you and loves her affection returned.




Bella got the 'ump' for a week or so and either ignored the new two or took a half-hearted swipe at them if she could. They've settled down now, though Bella still remains aloof. Between them we get around 4 litres of milk a day.

Peg and Tilly haven't been in kid for years now, and we've been warned they give around 10 litres each when first freshened. An amount that makes my hands ache just thinking about. But will try to have them in kid a year out of sync.

8 comments:

bestie said...

Love that middle photo - gorgeous! 10 litres is a whole lot of milk......

brendie said...

aww smoochie. maybe trev can build you an ezimilker like this.....
http://www.goatfinder.com/goat_milk_machine.htm

Jan Morrison said...

oh goat love - I want some of that!

Gavin said...

Great photos Linda. Love the goat love. Don't you get jealous having to share Tilly's affections for Trev? ;-)

Gav

dixiebelle said...

Aww, so sweet!

Jayne said...

Look at the smile on that goat's face! That is happiness.

ecosopher said...

That middle photo is just awesome. What a cuddlie she is!
-Bec

Linda Cockburn said...

I like the sound of the goat milking machine Brendie. Might have to investigate. I've got carpal tunnel problems and some mornings milking is painful and my forearm goes into cramp.