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A new kid in town



Amelia, one of Emmi's new goats had a baby.   She gave us absolutely no warning signs.
Both times, Milly has shown signs for a week or so before delivering, but no such clues from Amelia.    
Emmi had told Avery that she could have the next girl kid.
Avery named her Lafayette----as in Gen. Lafayette from the Revolutionary War, yes, it is a girl.
Although small, she didn't seem premature.  Mom, Amelia, is not producing milk--at all--not even a drop.
We hoped the milk would kick in the next day....but we are on day 3, and still not a drop!
So the bottle feeding has commenced.  Right now she is getting jersey colostrum, that was frozen from Coralee's last calving.  Every 3 hours, I get to feed the little one.  The most she has taken is 2.5 ounces!  As she learns to take the bottle, Emmi and Avery can take over feeding her, but right now I really have to work with her.
We also have a new visiting bull.  Emmi named him Nathaniel Green (also from the Revolutionary War).  
We hope this will be our last rented bull.  We now have Jersey, Angus, and Sem-Angus bulls that are not related to any of our cows, but they are not yet old enough to mate.  This  bull's job is to mate with Coralee; we bought her after the last bull was here, and she calved in November.  
I like his green ear tags!  We need to order some, and I don't want boring yellow or white.

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