Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mississippi Goats in a Catfish Pond....Can you believe it??

We have moved our goats to an area in another pasture to let them clean up around our pond. I told Shane at the rate they are going we will be able to fish from anywhere around this pond this summer! While we were out riding around checking on all of our animals this is what we found.........

Unbelievable!!!! I was always told that goats didn't like water...Not so true here in Deep South Mississippi! No, we aren't starving them causing them to go to great lengths to get something to eat. They have plenty of forage out there that isn't growing in the pond, but for some reason they really are eating up things they have to wade in the pond to get. There was a yearling doe that was up to her chest in the pond, but by the time I got back with my camera she had moved on. I told Shane no one would believe we had goats in the pond unless they could see the pictures. I know I wouldn't have! I have seen some of our goats get trapped on the other side of small stream after a rain. They wouldn't come across because of the water. I guess they have gotten over their fears of the water!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

She made it!

The cow has officially been put back in with the rest of the herd! She still has a little limp, but is getting around really well. We moved our cows across the road to go to the back 40, and she went out with them and started grazing. Shane and I stood there feeling so proud. That girl came a LONG way! In the beginning, I just knew that we were going to have to put her down. I would've never thought she would get up after laying down for over a week and being unable to stand on her own. Thanks to Dr. Huffman from Holland Veterinary, the clamp did the trick. She made it!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Seeing some improvement

The cow that has been immobile from the difficult delivery has finally started improving. I have given her a shot of Dexamethasone and Shane picked up a clamp at the vet's office. It clamps on her hook bones and she is lifted up with the tractor. This causes her to stand up and try to get her to put some weight on those legs. We have to do that twice a day for 30 minutes. After her second time having it done, she was able to stand for a few minutes without the clamp on. Today Shane walked me through how to hook her up (I'll be doing it this week while he is at work) and she stood up real well. After I removed the clamp she continued to stand on her own for almost 4 hours. I am just amazed at the progress she has made.