There was great excitement today on Landmeterskop Farm when the widow Potts, Belly the pig, gave birth to eight little piggies! One died and is now with his late father, Mr Potts, somewhere over the rainbow bridge in piggy heaven. Two are a bit weak and are being hand-fed, but the rest are all doing fine. They are cuteness personified!
Video: Oops Ma, don’t sit on us! https://www.facebook.com/valerie.steenkamp.9/videos/936372263075355/
Video: Proud Mama and piggies! https://www.facebook.com/valerie.steenkamp.9/videos/936371546408760/
Our Billy the Kid and his harem became the proud parents of 12 new kids – 7 males and 5 females. And since he started our Billy’s libido has stayed high, his neck is growing thicker by the day, the hair on his back stay raised and so does his tail! He’s a devil on the run… a young gun, our Billy the Kid!
All our nannie goats have had their babies now. The last one had triplets while we were taking photos of the new generation playing. It was so awesome!
Most people remember pet goats through the eyes of Heidi the orphan who went to live with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. But there is a lot of stuff we bet you didn’t know about goats, until now that is.
- A female is called a doe, or nanny goat, a male is called a buck, or billy goat and a baby is called a kid
- Goats are herd animals, so they need animals
- Goats are browsers, they eat up, not down
- Goats are very fussy eaters. They won’t eat unless their dish is clean and clean food is put in it, and need lots of fresh, clean water.
- Goats need protection from dogs
- Don’t put your hand in their mouth: their teeth are like razor blades
- Goats love being brushed
- Goats hate people touching their ears
- Most goats, male and female, have beards and some have ‘tassels’ under the chin
- In every goat herd there is a herd queen (or pack leader). They’re often the oldest and get to eat first. They groom up the new ‘heirs’ to the position. This new heir often protects the old one from the rest.
- Goats are smelly. This is because they have a musk gland behind the polls on the back of their head.
- When goats are pregnant you say the goats ‘are kidding’.
Oops, sorry, wrong side…
Do I really need to show my face? Oh, well, now you all know, I’m Betty, and they call me “the stubborn one”. You can remember me by my torn ear. I am raising only one child, Billy-the-kid. No, no, no, not that American outlaw! But I must say, with these rough cords around our necks, it is easy to think that! Fortunately, Valerie promised that we shall have elegant new collars soon…
Daisy, the one resting in the shade of the tree, is raising twins – Rosy and Annie.
Milking time… what a relief! Valerie is thinking of learning to make cheese… that would be quite neat, I think.
We are British Alpine goats and were bought from Walter Curlewis (0847758172) of Paarl who has been breeding goats for ten years now – he started when he was only fifteen. Before joining his father in the family-business, he worked at Fairview Farm.
The British Alpine goat was developed in the early 1900s and is used for milking, showing, breeding or just for keeping as pets. We are black all over with white ‘Swiss’ markings – white facial stripes stretch from above the eyes to the muzzle, while the edges and tips of ears, legs from the hocks and knees downwards, and both sides of our tails are also white. Quite handsome, don’t you agree?
Important: Please check with the owners or manager for a suitable time to interact with our kids!