The time has come for a pregnancy. 🙂 No, not for me, for Anna! 😀
Miss Anna was loaded up into a borrowed trailer (thanks Cam) and then she and I drove up to Trentham to her previous owners where Anna was reintroduced to her old herd. After a headache inducing head slam from her old stable-mate and a cuddle from her beautiful daughter Makka Pakka decided he’d had enough of the niceties and that it was time that he was receiving the attention. Or more to the point that Anna should be receiving his attentions.
Anna wasn’t too interested but neither was she disinterested. Goats come into heat between ever 18 and 25 days from what I’ve read and remain in heat from between 3 hours and 3 days. Anna doesn’t announce being in heat very loudly. Some does will bleat their heads off, others get the jitters and there are sometimes physical signs as well. Anna seems to get a bit mippy ever so often. What’s mippy? Well Anna doesn’t bleat but she does make the occasional very quiet “mip” on occasion and so I coin the word mippy. 😀
Anna was mippy yesterday. She may well have been mippy for other reasons but I’ve been meaning to get her bred and so a phone call later I had her date set up. Another phone call and a trip less than 4kms up the road and I had the stretch limo. A quick lick with the brush and Anna was ready for her date. 🙂
Due to our uncertainty about her heat cycle we’ve arranged for Anna to stay up at the holiday resort until either they are seen doing the do or for 3 weeks which allows for a full heat cycle.
Anna is looking lovely and plump and sleek right now so we know she will survive well on just forage (she could do with a bit of a diet 😉 ) and if her plumpness is actually pregnancy (she did have a naughty night in planned with William some time back although we saw no signs of any action) then we shall have Toggenburg cross British Alpine kids in about 6 weeks but if not she may well come into heat again sooner and be birthing British Alpine cross Boer kids for us in mid June. I can’t wait until her milk comes in. 😀
In the meantime, Pandora is lording it over the lambs who will stay with her until Miss Anna is back. I miss my lovely nanny goat already.