I decided this afternoon to take Split out to work the goats. Gel learned so much on the goat kids I started him on.
Be careful what you name a dog. Frequently, “Split” splits up the stock, leaving part of the group behind. This is because she’s working on adrenaline and not thinking about what she’s doing. It was a good time to work on a “look back” command. It took a few times, but eventually she got it. Whenever she left goats behind either because she split them or because they dropped behind, I sent her back for them.
We even brought the goats through some rough woods, which wasn’t a good idea because Addie got a bad wound on her udder. Keeping the goats together in dense woods made Split slow down and think more about her work.
Her tongue was dragging on the ground when we got back. The next time we go out, I’ll take just the goat kids. While the does tend to follow me, if Splits gets too frantic (which happens a lot), they tend to turn and challenge her. While she holds her own pretty well, she’d learn more if she didn’t have to deal with challenging stock.
I wrote some time ago about the goat dairy up in the mountains that was looking for a Border Collie to work their goats. They are still interested in getting a Border Collie and we are scheduled to drive up there on Monday to discuss it. While up there, I’ll be picking up an Alpine buck kid to use to breed the does this fall. Once I know all of the does are bred, he’ll go in the freezer. For the most part, bucks do not have good lives. They are often kept in small enclosures away from the other goats and, in general, they are a pain in the ass to put up with, especially when they are in rut. In my case, it would be better to use a buck for one season and be done with it. I can get another buck kid next year.
Until later …