In 2008 we bought our first Fainting goats, Daisy May and Peggy Sue. I had them only a few days and I knew that I loved them and wanted to buy a Buck and breed the girls. In 2010 Peggy Sue kidded and had triplets, it was amazing, I had seen Cats, Dogs, Horses give birth, but this was incredible they were so adorable. It was after that I knew I wanted to try and raise fainting goats and sell them. Then I found Acres of Fun "Becky Smith" and I purchased two Doeling's from her and a Beautiful Breeding Buck "Big Jake". I became instant friends with Becky - I called her my goat Whisperer and she helped me any time I called with questions and I had plenty. When raising goats you need someone like Becky in your corner to always be a click or phone call away, and she was that for me. I thank her so much for all the help over the years and her sincere friendship.
In 2010 we sold one of our first Fainter Kids, and I found out how hard it is to part with them. Lots of tears, but the feeling of them going to a good home is so rewarding. That is a big important step to make sure they go to a great loving home. I have turned away a few customers, you just know, and the ones that wanted them for meat, I found out fast how to turn them away. Over the years I have met so many beautiful families. I love when they stay in touch with me and send photos of the goats they bought from us it makes my day every time I receive one.
I have so many photos of all my kids and adult goats over the years, but none of me with the goats. I suppose that is because I'm always taking the photos and I don't like my photo taken. I realize now I wish I had taken more photos of me feeding the bottle kids and rocking the kids and playing with them and caring for them. So regardless of hating to have photos taken of myself - the next few years during kidding season I will be in many photos with my kids to come.
I wish more than anything, that I could be 57 instead of 66, and with good health that would be nice also. With that I would have my breeding herd that I had. I have loved all my breeding goats that I have had in the past, I still have most of them they are retired and will stay here on the farm until they go to heaven. Let me mention them: Peggy Sue, Pansy, Reba, Bambi, Miss Kitty, Ashley, Dixie Chick, Cher, Dottie and Gracie Ann - all of these amazing Fainter Does have given us beautiful kids over the years. Such enjoyment and smiles and love they all have brought. That is why I can't part with them, they deserve my love and care through out there entire life. We will keep 20 or so Fainters, to Love and enjoy every day. I'm not stopping completely - this fall I plan on breeding Five of my Breeding Does for 2023 kidding.
I also wish that I had found the Moonspotted genetics sooner, because now I have the breeding herd I want and now I have to part with most of them. I'm totally addicted to the Moonspotted Fainters. It's such a wonder of all the spots and colors that come with that. So if anyone is loving that genetic like I do - I recommend go for that in your herd if you are just starting out, you will not be disappointed. I want to mention my beauties by name: Saturn, Pandora, Twilight, Eclipse of the Moon, Heaven's to Betsy, Tiny Bubbles, Little Neptune, Elara, and Polka Dotty's. These Does are incredible I'm so very proud of them all and I better mention the beautiful Moonspotted Breeding Bucks: Bocephus, Galileo and Saturday Night Special - All very handsome. It was so hard to part with them.
I want to thank GOD most of all for bringing the Fainting Goats into my heart and home. They have brought such joy into our lives that I can never thank him enough in my prayers.
In closing I just want to say THANK GOD FOR FAINTING GOATS!!!!!