Yesterday was goat relocation day.
The bucks were moved from their summer pasture to their winter quarters.
They have spent many months in their summer pasture,
and the pasture needs a rest.
(Pasture rotation helps to decrease parasites.)
Relocation first involves capture....which can be the tricky part.
Then lead ropes are applied and the goats are led to their new pen...
quite a hike.
Our three boys are very smart.
They knew something was up as soon as Becky, Jack and I arrived
at their pasture.
You see, at this time of day, it is usually only me that arrives to feed.
Upon our arrival, the three boys scattered.
Chip ran for the hills.
Smoochie hid in their house.
Hubbs bet he could out run Chip and catch him.
We bet him he couldn't.
He took off running and Chip fainted.
Hubbs threw the lead rope around his horns and nose.
I told him he cheated.
We never said anything about making the goats faint.
So, he didn't really out run him!
In no time we had all three on leads...ready to march.
Jack and Becky walked with them,
while I brought up the rear....
Oakley and I encouraging them to keep moving....
and me on the camera.
A little detour to the girls...
"Oh, Smoochie, we love you!"
was overheard as we passed by.
In a couple of months, the bucks will be in rut and
then will spend a couple of weeks amongst the does...
the beginning of next Spring's kids.
All in all, this move went off without a hitch.
So nice to have cooperative bucks.
It's so much easier to catch fainting goats...
as they end up on the ground with all four feet in the air.
Anyone can out run them, Hubbs!