Today is Valentine's Day and fyi I am still accepting small gifts of candy and pretzels and swedish fish and gingersnaps and so on. I have not stopped accepting gifts. Actually, they do not have to be small gifts. Large gifts are fine too.
Valentine's Day has always been a big day around here because it is not unusual for babies to be born on Valentine's Day.
Valentine's Day is Cora Belle's birthday, and Filbert's, and Harley's. I can accept gifts for them as well, just send them here and I will be sure to deliver them since Cora Belle and Filbert and Harley don't live here any more. Send them care of me, Baby Belle Jr. Or you can also address them to Millie, or to Herron Hill's Million Belles.
Unfortunately Pebbles cannot accept any more gifts because she has gotten quite fat but you can send her gifts to me as well and I will be sure she gets them as soon as she has lost some weight.
Hannah Belle likes to have her kids early in the season and she is right now in the kidding stall even though her kids aren't due until March. She is in there with her daughter Betty, whose kids are also due in March. Betty went in there because something happened to Betty's leg and she couldn't be rushed to the vet because Wendell was being rushed to the vet instead.
But she is getting around better so she may go back out but in the meantime you have never seen two more pleased goats, Betty and her mother, nestled up in the barn away from the dreadful late winter mud. Iota may go in there with them too, she is Betty's daughter, and then they will have a dam-and-daughter-and-daughter's-daughter kidding stall.
I have another entry in my first freshener column, or actually this works with any freshener, remember if you want milk you have to feed right and don't forget these three ingredients: oats, brewer's yeast, and flaxseed. Even humans are smart enough to know that these are your milkmaking foods, and you don't have to buy expensive cookies to get some, just go to the feed store.
BREWER'S YEAST, OATS, FLAXSEED (BOF).