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’RANCHER RAMBLINGS


Next door neighbors let me know that love is in the air


The neighbors are getting a little rowdy. And stinky! My house and my office both are located just a few feet from goat pens and pastures so I’m always aware of what’s going on with these caprine neighbors. Of course it’s great during kidding season when I can look out the window and see new babies. It’s not so great when I walk out the front door and the heavy odor of buck cologne hits me in the face.


Even as a kid I would complain about that terrible smell. Daddy would just laugh and say, “Smells like money, to me!”


months.


That smell was a sign that a new kid crop would be on the ground in five short I guess you do sorta get used to the odor and after a few days it just seems


normal. And so do the antics of the ever romantic bucks. Recently a friend was vis- iting and seemed a little embarrassed when the goats were getting a little too inti- mate.


My 10-year-old matter-of-factly said, “Oh they’re breeding,” and didn’t think any more of it.


The visitor still didn’t feel comfortable. That’s what’s so great and unique about growing up on a farm. Livestock being livestock is normal and not a big deal. Smelly farm animals are normal. Noisy bucks and guard dogs barking all


night are normal.


If someone tried to pick me up and move me to town, that wouldn’t be normal. I think I’ll stay right here — even when the neighbors do get rowdy. And stinky. n


The neighbors are at it again!


BY LINDLEY HANKINS DANIEL Managing Editor


September 2021 | Goat Rancher


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