During the days leading up to the retreat I was gettting a bit nervous but as soon as the class started, folks were so interested in learning about goats that I was immediately put at ease by this wonderful assemblage of goat enthusiasts. A few had goats already, many were goat-owners to-be and some were just interested in learning to see if goats might be for them someday. My goat class had 14 participants from all over the country including California, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Missouri and Pennsylvania. For three hours we talked about how to choose a goat, health issues, goat conformation and then we did some practical things such as giving shots, trimming feet and learning to milk. By the end, of class folks that wanted to, had tried their hand at foot trimming and milking. I had a wonderful time and I hope all the participants did too.
Here are a few pictures Don managed to take while running around helping me. I will refer you to the CITR site to see more of the activities.
|A kiss fron Lulu my Mini LaMancha helps put me at ease before class.|
|A student learning to milk on my Nigerian Dwarf Tenacious.|
|Me demonstrating how to trim a kid's hoof.|