Kidding has begun in earnest! (Is that sentence an oxymoron?)
We’ll be updating this page daily to record every single new birth at Beekman 1802 Farm this year. Kidding season lasts from February till May, with a few breaks in between for Farmer John to catch his breath.
For those who may not be familiar with how John expertly manages his herd, he selects two or three bucks to breed most of the 120+ does from September to November. Then the does get a nice winter maternity break when they can all relax and enjoy their pregnancy in the warm comfort of the barn, without being milked. Although this means we can’t produce cheese or other products during the winter months, this period of collective rest improves their health, (and John’s too!) as well as the quality of the milk.
Then, beginning in mid-February, all heck breaks loose. We expect over 250 kids this year. When the kids begin arriving, not only do they need to be bottle fed, but the mothers begin milking again as well. This is Farmer John’s busiest season. He also rises in the middle of the (short) night to check on any births in progress.
Of course we can’t keep all of the kids. Farmer John is selective in his choices, deciding which female kids to keep based on whose mothers produced the most milk the previous year (as well as other factors.) The males and remaining females get sold, generally to other farmers and those looking for pets.
If you’re interested in purchasing a kid from Farmer John, send us an email at [email protected] and we’ll forward your message to him.
Enjoy the photos of this year’s kids! (You’ll notice that the names of the female kids all begin with the first initial of their mother’s name. That’s to help John keep track of lineage.)
Farmer John has recently obtained a certified Nubian buck, named “Cossyuna Godiva Adam.” Believe it or not, this little guy will be…ummm…”rolling in the hay” with all the gals starting as early as this fall.
Born 4/5 – Mustard; Mother: Monique
Born 4/6 – Dakota & Dandy; Mother: Dutchess
Born 4/6 Tazer & Twizler; Mother: Teri
Born 4/7 – Margie & Maynard; Mother: Margot
Born 4/8 – Fannie & Farley; Mother: Finola
Born 4/8 – Addie & Amanda; Mother: Adele
Born 4/8 – Fritz & Frito; Mother: Fancy
Born 4/1 – Mavery; Mother: Marlo
Born 4/1 – Dolce & Dutch; Mother: Daphne
Born 4/2 – Hazbro; Mother: Harmony
Born 4/2 – Hazzard; Mother: Hallie
Born 4/1 – Murphy & Max; Mother: Marcia
Born 3/31 – Milzy & Mayzy; Mother: Maria
Born 3/28 – Sharon; Mother: Starlight
Born 3/29 – Dez & Dezzy; Mom: Delphinium (1st kids born from new buck, “Zez”)
Born 3/29 – Cashew & Cissy; Mother: Colleen
Born 3/24 – Doodle & Drea; Mother: Dodie
Born 3/23 – Stephanie; Mother: Salina
Born 3/18 – Moonshadow & Moonlight; Mother: Mandy
Born 3/19 – Jaques & Jessica; Mother: JezaBelle
Born 3/18 – Dean; Mother: DeAnna
Born 3/18 – Susan & Sally; Mother: Star
Born 3/15 – Dillon & Daniel; Mother: Dorothy
Dillon is very loud.
Born 3/15 – Dream & Dabble; Mother: Dollie
Born 3/14 – Bryan & Brandy; Mother: Babs
Born 3/14 – Tamon & Timone; Mother: Tamika
Born 3/15 – Miranda & Michah; Mother: Mariah
Born 3/15 – Dazzle & Dancer; Mother: Diamond
Born 3/13 – Belinda & Bingo; Mother: Bailey
Born 3/14 – Prudence & Patrick; Mother: Patience
Born 3/14 – Buckeye, Bodeye & Benji; Mother: Balia
We thought Benji deserved her own photo. She’s like a reverse “PolkaSpot.” (Don’t tell her.)
Born 3/13 – Hershey, Harley & Hortence; Mother: Harlie
Born 3/11 – Mochachino & Morgan; Mother: Mocha
Born 3/8 – Farrah & Finesse; Mother: Fallon
Born 3/8 – Hillary & Holland; Mother: Halo
Born 3/8 – Tracie & Tille; Mother Tamara
Born 3/8 – Hondo & Honda; Mother: Harper
3/7 – Pria and Penny; Mother: Priscilla
Born 3/7 – Delores & Delanson; Mother: Destiny
Delores & Delanson wouldn’t hold very still.
And were very noisy.
“Ooh…what’s that out there?”
“psst. We gotta break outta here.”
Born 2/6 – Makayla & Makani; Mother: Makena
Born 2/28 – Shazam; Mother: Shay
Born 2/23 – Shane; Mother: Shine
Born 2/22- Sparkle & Seamus; Mother: Spitfire (These two wouldn’t hold still!)
Born 2/22 – Marina, Marcell & Marvelous
Born 2/22 – Tyrese & Tyling; Mother: Tyra
A bonus picture of our personal favorite of the season: wee little “Faintly.” She was born the tiniest of triplets. She’s shown here with another kid born the same day for size comparison.
Born 2/21 – Faintly, Ford & Fern; Mother: Faith (Faintly, left, is the teensiest tiny kid, with adorably kinked hair.)
Born 2/21 – Hatfield & Heloise; Mother: Heather
Born 2/21 – Honest, Hutch, Halona; Mother: Harmony
Born 2/20 – McCoy & McDougal; Mother: McKenzie
Born 2/20 – Martha & Maverick; Mother: Mavis
A nicer shot of Martha, who was named, naturally, for our friend Martha Stewart. We emailed her this shot and she sent back her thanks and best wishes to Farmer John.
Born 2/20 – Harlen, Harry & Hester; Mother: Hattie
Born 2/20 – Digby & Delilah; Mother: Doris
Born 2/20 – Salsa, Sheldon & Sugar; Mother: Sparkle
Born 2/20 – Alfalfa, Froggy & Spanky; Mother: Darla. (Yes, this breaks John’s naming convention of naming the kids using the first initial of their mother. But he felt a little inspired this morning and named Darla’s kids after three more L’il Rascals. Maybe John’s just getting punch drunk. 🙂
FYI – we take almost a hundred shots every day to get as nice of photos as we can. 99% of them turn out like this. It’s not easy getting 3 newborn goats to pose nicely.
Born 2/19 – Dooley, Ditty & Dryden; Mother: Dotty
Born 2/19 – Dante & Django; Mother: Danee
Just another photo of Dante & Django. Just cuz.
Born 2/19 – Donatella & Donalea; Mother: Donna
Born 2/19 – Trixie, Taneal & Tabitha; Mother: Twilight
Born 2/19 – Carl & Carla; Mother: Carly
Born 2/19 – Divinity & Delila; Mother: Davisa
Born: 2/19 – Taz, Tansy & Truffle; Mother: Topanga. “I got your ear.” “I got YOUR ear.” “Hey, where’s another ear?”
Born 2/19 – Shade; Mother: Susie
Born 2/18 – Darlene & Delano; Mother: Darby
Jolene, soaking up the scant winter sun.
“Why aren’t there more pictures of me?”
These girls won’t give birth till April.
Once they get their morning hay, it’s pretty tough to distract the mother goats.
Born 2/18 – Eric, Eve & Elle; Mother: Ellia
Born 2/18 – Franz, Fawn; Mother: Fiona
Born 2/17 – Duke, Doug & Delta; Mother: Daisy
Born 2/17 – Horatio & Hera; Mother: Hope
Born 2/17 – Charissa & Christle; Mother: Chrissy
Born 2/17 – Talia & Thistle; Mother: Tina
Jolene has been “walking the pens” inspecting all of the new births.
Born 2/16 – Dugan & Deelan; Mother: Dana… Very strange twins. Deelen (right) is about twice the size of his brother.
Born 2/16 – Desmond & Desire; Mother: Debbie. (These two would *not* hold still for a clear photo…and we took 27 of them! sorry!)
Born 2/15 – Jackie (after Josh’s Mom,) Jack & Joy; Mom: Jody
Born 2/15 – Sam & Saphire; Mother: Sarah
Born 2/15 – Heidi & Harriet; Mother: Hannah
Born 2/15 – Startrooper, Starship & Sprite; Mother: Sunny
Born 2/15 – Adam & Apple; Mother: Allyson
Born 2/15 – Dyson; Mom: Diva
Born 2/15 – Mary & Mathew: Mother: Marlo
Born 2/14 – Hero & Hayden; Mom: Hilda
Born 2/14 – Valentina, Melinda & Melanie; Mom: Millie
Born 2/14 –
Mom: Terren. This was the first time in many years that John had to call in the vet for assistance. Mom Terren had been in labor for quite some time, and John was unable to pull out the kid. Miraculously, “Lucky” was born alive. (Hence the name.) Though perhaps counter-intuitive, birthing twins or triplets is much easier for goats than single kids. Often times single kids grow too large in the womb for easy delivery, as was the case with Lucky.
Julie, John’s intern assistant from SUNY Cobleskill, tends to Terren after the birth. So far both mother and kid are doing fine.
Born 2/14 – Damita Jo & Donald; Mother: Daphne
Born 2/14 –
Frank & Fred;
Couldn’t resist adding this playful second picture of Frank & Fred
Born 2/14 –
Happy (For “Happy Valentines Day”);
Mom: Hallelujah (Hallelujah, or Hallie, was the breech baby that was born in the final episode of Season 2 of “The Fabulous Beekman Boys.”)
Born 2/13 –
Buster & Brandon;
Born 2/13 –
Dory & Dexter;
Born 2/13 –
Madge & Malachi;
Born: 2/12 –
Malone & Megan;
Born 2/12 –
Diana & Dawby;
Born 2/12 –
Chloe & Chelsea; Mom:
Betty, Becca, Becky;
Interesting Fact: Becca, the middle goat, is the daughter from a second buck, so these are half-sisters from the same womb. (Yes, that’s possible in goats.)
Born 2/11 –
Drake, Danica & Damsel; Mom: Demi
Darnell & Darcell;
First of the Season! –
Born 2/10 –
Robbie, Chip & Ernie;