Today was a balmy plus seven Celsius and sunny. We decided to trim goat hooves and check the overall health of our four Toggenburg goats (2 does; 2 bucks).
We secured them in the milk stand to keep them in position as we trimmed one hoof than the other.
Here’s Tazzy (Rascal McTaz) in the milk stand I built last summer. In spite of his large horns, he easily slips through the hole to be secured in place for us to work on him.
Tazzy’s hooves are cleaned and trimmed, his eyes are checked for colour (they look great) and his body is checked for fat. Apparently Tazzy’s been eating well, and he’s a little fatty. The fat however keeps him warm on those cold winter nights.
All of this activity takes place under the watchful eye of our miniature donkey Mayzie.
Taz in the small pasture, waiting for his treat of hay for being so good in the milking stand.
Ellsworth, the son of Spirit and Taz, posing in the sun. He’s a friendly buckling who will turn one on March 14th.
To learn more about body scoring a goat, watch this YouTube video Body Condition Scoring for Goats.