Last night we welcomed triplets to our herd of Nubian dairy goats. Dora is an excellent mother, and is busy caring for Dante, Daphne, and Dina. Gestation for goats is about five months. Just hours shy of Day 150, Dora gave us a happy surprise of three beautiful kidlings—two girls, and a boy. Goats often have two kids at once, but triplets is a bit less common.
Goats make delicious milk for us, but they are also important for managing invasive plant species at our Farm. Plants such as Autumn Olive, Japanese honeysuckle vine and Multiflora rose are detrimental to our landscape and our goals for biodiversity, but the invasive plants are tasty and nutritious parts of the goats’ diet. Then, the goat manure is composted on the farm, and it too becomes important for building healthy soils, and growing great native plant species.