To some people who know me will be aware that we have what might be considered a smallholding, in real terms we are hobby farmers who have a small random collection of animals. Some who pay their way and others just because we like them or some sort of faith have brought us together.
Towards the end of last year I said to Carla that we were getting no more animals that we couldn’t eat or that couldn’t pay their own way. This was all going to plan until last week some one sent me a link to the ISPCA website advert saying they were looking to re home two goats.
God only knows why but I have a weakness for goats, maybe because they often get bad press and sadly they are often miss treated. Goats get are really miss understood and are very difficult for the ISPCA to re home.
I forwarded the advert on to Carla to see what she though and of course that means we were going to be giving Ziggy and Gaga a new home. From here on I’ll let the photos do the talking.
The journey form Longford back to Kilkenny with a large trailer and two nervous animals takes every bit as long as you might imagine. When we got them to our place we decided to home them in one of stables for their first night to try relax them and give them a chance to get used to the wilds of North Co Kilkenny.
The following morning they could hear the other goats who are currently strip grazing the back paddock and seamed really keen to go socialize. We very little drama I put Ziggy and Gaga in the paddock with some of the others. They all seamed to get along and Max out bill goat who is still ‘intact’ was very welcoming to the newcomers which was a relief.
Gaga seams to be a Sannen cross and she has no horns, she is also a little bit light weight and not used to the wind we get up here. That combined with the fact she was not able to hold her own against the other females I decided to move her and Ziggy to a paddock on their own to give her a chance to get used to her new surroundings.
I’ve placed both arcs close to each other and they share a through, all going to plan as Gaga and Ziggy get used to their new home the other goats will become more accustomed to them and will make putting them all together a little easier.
For anyone wondering the goats get 24/7 access to all the natural grass they want to graze on and it is supplemented with coated rolled oats / barley and sheep nuts. Of course they have water as well. Goats unlike sheep need shelter so in out paddocks we use pig arcs made by these guys which work really well for goats as well. In each of our arcs I have raised the floor with pallets and then covered in WBP ply and covered in straw for bedding, it means they lead a very comfortable life.
You can donate to the ISPCA directly if you feel like it here.
The ISPCA also are doing their 2013 Hay drive which you can help by just sending a test message.