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Red moon wedding 09/28/2015

It's been a weekend of spectacular skies and starry nights, culminating in the red moon of Sunday night. An auspicious weekend for a wedding

Karolynne Meyer styles the secret garden arbor with farm sunflowers and soft green amaranthus

Only trying to help

The bride is seconds away

looking gorgeous with Karolynne's cream and green bouquet

Tanya and James's reception was back at the farm


We recommend Laura and Anton. Their playing was beautifully atmospheric

Cantaloupe with our chèvre and our habanero jelly

Sea bass dusted with our fish rub

Congratulations Tanya and James. May all your skies be clear

Puente's Fall Harvest Party at the Upper Barn 09/22/2015

Rep. Anna Eshoo praised Puente's work and firmly regretted Presidential candidate misrepresentation of immigrants from Mexico. Here the congresswoman congratulates Mariela Lopez, first in her family to graduate from a four-year college and headed for a masters in social work at San Jose State




Sexy time 09/15/2015

Gate open for sexy time. This is the far less adorable beginning of kidding season. You can't get those sweet, soft faces and first staggering steps without the knock-out musk of bucks in rut. Here they come.

Yes, bucks are interested in pretty much all that moves. No offense, Mark. Generally, though, a doe on heat trumps all.

 Mmm, hot boy. Bucks have scent glands behind their horns for that chokingly pungent musk. In rut, they double down by urinating over themselves. No such thing as subtle on goat dates. The ladies like stinky.

Our American Alpine does are seasonal breeders, coming into heat in the fall as the days get shorter. Individual does will come into heat every 21 days, for anywhere from half a day to three days, until early winter. Bucks will stay in rut for the breeding season. A doe in heat will wag her tail wildly - flagging - and mock-mount the other does, head-butting and bleating. Bucks will nose the urine of does on heat, curling back their lips to inhale the telltale pheromones.

Lips curled back to inhale a mate

Beard stained yellow from urine spraying. It attracts the right sort of lady

Coltrane. Handsome devil

Let me get some of your musk rubbed into my face

The first kids are due in five months. Goat gestation is about 150 days

Tailwagging time 08/18/2015

The milking herd at breakfast. It's time to prepare for breeding. It seems only a few weeks ago that they were pregnant - but they have had a long summer of good health and frequent check-ups, plenty to eat, excellent weather, and irrigated pasture. The second week of September, we will introduce the bucks again, with the first babies due in February.

The babies are slender young goats now, and most will be ready to breed in late fall.

 Mark and Ben have been trimming hooves this week. If the goats were feral, they would wear down the unnecessary growth as they foraged over distance. We don't have sufficient hard surface for that to happen on the farm.

Roberto and Mark collecting the three bucks from the pasture over the road where we keep the non-milking goats.


The bucks are returning to the "Buck Pen" where Rosie the donkey lives, so that the milkers and the males can smell each other through the fence for a month, stimulating hormones in preparation for breeding. Here the girls are following them, though perhaps just in curiosity. We expect plenty of tail-wagging and more vocalizations as the girls become interested.

 Coltrane is a polled goat, born without horns. Goat horns contain large blood vessels, a plus in hot climates with little shade. Here, though, it's rarely hot enough to trouble the goats, and horns are a liability in close quarters. Horned goats would snag themselves in fencing, or hurt each other and perhaps us and visitors too. However, polled goats have a drawback for us, in that the gene is associated with hermaphroditism. About one in eight births to a polled parent may be a sterile hermaphrodite, with both sex organs. You can't milk those babies.

The bucks will feed inside the shelter, so that Rosie can't eat all their food. Poor Rosie. She needs to lose weight. We'll see whether she likes the male company.

Bruno and Billy Ray checking out the ladies.

Hot weekend, hot ladies, hot cows 08/17/2015

The music

The dancing

The kids

The cow

The strong woman

The bare chest

The bearded lady

Looking so good I could eat you right now

Ben and David present the 2015 Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival South Coast Children's Services Fashion Show

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