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’RANCHER RAMBLINGS


We’ve been through a lot of kidding seasons here on the ranch


It’s hard for me to remember a time


when we didn’t have goats. It seems like rais- ing goats and waiting for the kids to be born has always been a part of my life. With my own children, there has never been a day without goats in their lives. By far, the best time of the year is kid- ding season. No one remembers the cold, late night kid checks or birthing problems. We just remember the babies running around and all the photos of each new kid crop. Springtime is a busy time with family and friends all wanting to come see the new babies. Something about goat kids just touches people’s hearts and makes them laugh. It’s true, though, there’s nothing cuter than a baby goat!


I, like most of you readers out there, are blessed to live on a farm or ranch where each day we can just step outside and enjoy our goats. It’s an awesome way of life. It’s also


an awesome way to raise our children.


As the daughters of a


real goat rancher, my sisters and I had the job of working goats on a regular basis. We didn’t do a lot with the grown goats, but when it came time to vaccinate the kids, we all pitched in. The kids didn’t seem quite so cute after you had wrestled a couple hundred of them and got snagged by a pin-sharp horn a few times — or when Daddy nicked you with a dose of CD&T!


BY LINDLEY HANKINS DANIEL Managing Editor


Lindley, holding her first goat kid, was on the cover of the May 1996 Goat Rancher. Her son, Lane, helping with the babies nearly 25 years later.


As Dad reduces the size of his herd, the


roundups aren’t as big as they used to be, but regardless of how few goats you have, they still need regular attention. Fortunately, we are anxiously awaiting


another kidding season. I suppose there will always be baby goats around here to laugh at and love on. And as long as there are kids and grandkids around to play with them, we’ll have our cameras ready. n


January 2021 | Goat Rancher


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