Have you ever gone to a All You Can Eat buffet and just stared at all the choices...need a little of this, need a little of that, piling so many things on to your plate, you feel like a circus act juggling the feast all the way back to your table? Of course we loosen our belt and buckle up for the ride, but the side pain is usually overtaken by the desire to look one more time at the choices since there were so many things you couldn't fit on before. Well, we are pretty sure this same phenomenon also applies in the Kiko goat world!
Recently, the Six Shooter Farm purchased 56 beautiful acres in Western Kentucky, adorned with lush green grassed pastures as well as woods filled with oaks, cedar, pine and an array of understory. With acorns, honeysuckle, blackberry brambles littering the floor of our new found farm, the new goat buffet would be officially open in the spring of 2021!
After a couple weeks of clearing paths, pounding posts, and pulling wire, it was time for the new buck pen to be christened! Like standing and staring in awe at the MGM Bellagio in Vegas, we were certain that our boys, Steel, Gunslinger and the new 2021 bucklings would have a hard time containing their excitement with all the food choices that laid before them. The importance of good off-season training to put on weight and build muscle mass can not be overstated. It was time for the boys to bulk up for the upcoming Fall breeding season.
We assume it must have felt similar to when our ancestors stepped off that ship in the early 1800's after that long trek from Germany and the Netherlands...when Steel and Gunslinger jumped off the trailer and put their hooves on new soil, it was officially their new home! As expected, there was some pause and a little trepidation at first, however once the boys realized that the goat buffet that laid before them was not a mirage, they immediately began sampling everything in sight. With so many acres available, they haven't been able to venture too far past their new favorite, the honeysuckle vines, but we are quite certain that the stomach pains will be overridden by the desire to go back and check out all the other choices at the goat buffet.