|Two-month old goat kids feeding their curiosities.|
|Last year's week-old kids and lambs.|
|Yanking out the dandelions.|
It seems the goat kids have tried this trick frequently during the past week. Every year, the farmers build a veritable playground out of planks and stumps for the new flock of youngsters to practice jumping and climbing on. They gain dexterity very quickly, finding their way onto their mothers' backs for a walkabout or onto any low-slung rooftops and trees, and yes, even out of fences within the first week or two of their lives.
|Looks like the camera is next on the menu!|
In the case of these goats, the most succulent weeds were to be found in the not-yet planted vegetable patch! During the time I spent with them, it seemed like they sought out dandelion flowers to eat first, before eating the rosettes of leaves, deadnettle stalks and long grasses. Grazing the tops of these weeds and grasses, just as they may be cut with a lawnmower, shrinks the roots every time it is done. So even though the goats may not eat the whole weed (although they might eat the roots too if they were easy to access), they are helping prepare the vegetable field in their own way. Goats at this farm also help reduce poison ivy throughout the year, eating all parts of the noxious vine.