Big Onion and I had just started talking about looking for a new adult goat to add to the herd when an ad popped up in our of our facebook groups for a LaMacha doe for sale who was IN MILK. She was a reasonable price and just a little over an hour away from us. The owners said she was just a little too big and headstrong for them to handle.
We packed up my Element with the usual livestock moving gear: a tarp covered with hay and shavings and an x-pen set up to keep the animals from trying to climb into our laps or knock out the back window and headed out to meet this big doe.
Helen, the LaMancha doe we had come to meet, had just had quadruplets a month before. Two had already been sold and the other two were being bottle fed. After a great visit and some minor goat wrangling, we loaded the big girl into the car and headed home.
The only problem with the backyard pen is it has no milk stand. Helen surprised us by jumping right up onto an old cart we had in her pen and being a perfect angle for milking from the get-go. Boy does she make more milk than our current girls! She is also very sweet and people oriented. She loves being around us and getting lots of scratches.
Helen is a pure bred LaMancha with those silly still little 'mancha ears and no horns. I think this makes her look like she has a tiny alien head. Right now we are trying to decide whether to change her name. Helen seems like much too polite and demure a name for such a big, tough doe.
I'm leaning towards Nancy or Eleanor. What do you guys think?