For the first time since I have been living here we had to cancel our annual New Year's Eve ice hocley tournament because water is running onto the ice of the pond making it very uneven. The other ponds are too far away from the road and cannot be reached by everyone with all the snow on the ground. I am sure we will still have lots of fun ... more tomorrow.
While the two lambs are already pushing to get to mom's bag, we have another baby to worry about ... one of the goats had twins. One of them died immediately (cold), Tina saved the other one through the night with hourly infusions of colostrum. Here you see Brandy with the little one pound goat which is still pretty weak.
Colostrum is the first milk which mammals produce. It helps to strengten the new born's immune system. In this case the goat would not give milk but one can buy replacement colostrum which is pretty expensive.
I wish all of you the best for 2010! I hope we will see you again or for the first time on New Haven. Some won't be able to come because they lost their job (we keep our fingers crossed) or because they became pregnant (we keep our fingers crossed as well). But to all who were here: We had lots of fun with you ... and you hopefully with us. We are looking forward to the next season!