The 2018 season was horrible. The rain was terrible for our critters. We fought off parasites and hoof rot all summer and fall. Other goat farmers have commiserated with us. It was a terrible year for all of us. While we have some shelter for our animals none of the shelters have concrete or rock flooring. That means it was hard to keep their feet dry and clean. This work was time consuming and physically challenging for us. Trimming hooves is back breaking work and let's not even talk about doing it in humid, wet, hot, miserable weather. Thus, we decided to cull our most challenging does and create a more manageable herd.
The 2019 season is looking better. We have 12 kids from 8 does and everyone is healthy! For now the weather has been "OK", let's hope it is a dryer summer than 2018!