Wednesday, November 26, 2008

All I Want for Christmas...

A sheep handling system! This one is from Premier One.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Do you Digg Arapawa goats?

If you are a member of the social networking site, please consider digging these:

Arapawa Goats and their Friends

International Arapawa Goat Association

If you have stuff that you want ME to digg, visit my profile page and let me know, or even add me as a friend and I will go and do likewise.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Arapawa Goat Links

This is going to be a comprehensive list of links concerning Arapawa goats, please feel free to add your own in a comment.

Arapawa Goats and Their Friends - internet group for friends of the Arapawa goat as well as breeders, with discussion forum, pictures, videos...

Arapawa Goat Breeders USA --- breed association in US
International Arapawa Goat Association --- international breed association

Arapawa Goat news at --- information on planned cull of goats in NZ, other news
Arapawa Goats at --- information from NZ
Petition to save Arapawa goats from cull --- petition now closed
Goats by Breed-Arapawa Island --- at GOATWORLD web site, you can add links
Arapawa Goats at DMOZ --- directory which supplies Google directory and others, you may suggest Arapawa Goat websites (click 'Add URL')
Breeds of Livestock - Arapawa Island Goat --- livestock breeds directory

Directory of Arapawa Breeders in NZ --- breeders directory
Te Hua Farm in Oxford, Canterbury, New Zealand -- breeder
Jenness Farm, Nottingham, New Hampshire --- breeder, sells Arapawa goats milk soap
Insel Lyr Ranch, Daggett, Michigan, USA --- breeder
Serenity Winds Farm, Hanson, Massachusetts, USA --- breeder
SilverWings Ranch, Oregon USA --- breeder, in 2001 anyway
Fort Lewis Preservation Farm, Maine, USA --- breeder

Related Books
Natural Goat Care mentions the Arapawa goat on page 3
Raising Milk Goats Successfully general milk goat care (the Arapawa is a dual purpose breed.)
Raising Meat Goats for Profit general meat goat care
A Conservation Breeding Handbook how-to book for breeders of rare livestock


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Breeding Season commences

It's That Time Of Year again. Time to breed the sheep. I had planned to use my ram Robert on the best of the Shetland ewes, and Harry, my White Dorper, on the ShetlandxDorpers and on the rest of the Shetlands.

But Robert couldn't be caught and my other grown Shetland ram, Nikolai, could, and Nikolai is a handsome fellow, so he's getting the girls.

Next part of the job was sorting the ewes into two groups. I have to lure them or chase them into a catch pen, then corner them and grab Nikolai's ewes and drag them ten feet to a gate. When all of Nikolai's ewes were out of the catch pen, the remaining ewes were released into the barnyard.

Then it started to rain. Grabbing sheep covered in soaking wet wool is even less fun than grabbing dry sheep.

Finally I got them all sorted. Nikolai began with the rams on Nov. 6th, and Harry started in on his group on Nov. 7th.

Why is it so much trouble to drag rams to the ewes, which is where they want to be anyway? I just HAVE to save up the money for one of those sheep handling systems. Or maybe Rush Limbaugh could give me one. He bought a lady a car recently, to cheer her up after Obama won the election. I could use some cheering-up, too.