Farm News

Meet Baby Moo!  She and Emma lived at the same farm but for several reasons, her owners decided she would not be a good candidate for motherhood.  Since they are in the breeding and selling side of goats and other small livestock, they felt Baby Moo needed to be relocated.  That’s where I come in – I love taking in animals that need a new home.  I know you’re all wondering why her name is Baby Moo – her previous owners purchased her and her mother a number of years ago and she arrived with this name.  I would never consider changing it because she knows her name and she answers to it.  Really, she’s a pet that was living away from the livestock operation and she was lonely so now she lives with us.

Baby Moo Face  Baby Moo Front View

Whenever you move a new animal into an existing group of animals, (did you know a group of goats is called a “trip”?) the pecking order changes.  In my trip of goats, Betsy is probably near the bottom so who better than to become aggressive to the new girl in town than Betsy?  Since it’s still chilly, the barn is not as open as it will be soon and the goats have a little door with flaps to enter their pen and go outside.  Baby Moo found the door to get out but of course, Betsy and Charlene decided they wouldn’t let Baby Moo back in at night.  So I’m back and forth to the barn many times to open another door and try to coax BM into a pen adjacent to the resident trip which consists of Buckwheat, Alfalfa, Rosie, Charlene and Betsy.  It doesn’t get dark until quite late and nobody wants to go to sleep until dark so there I am sneaking around the corner with my flashlight, trying to see if BM has been able to get into her private pen so I can shut the gate. Oh my!  If I don’t let her in her private pen and then shut the gate, they’ll chase her outside through the little door with flaps and then probably won’t let her back in again.  This is all new to Baby Moo and I don’t want her to be afraid or cold or ignored so I do everything in my power to take care of her.  When it warms up, the big door can be open and then everybody can come and go as they please.

Baby Moo horn Baby Moo in Barn Baby Moo side view

Yesterday was so cold and today is so windy that I left BM in her pen with her outside door open which works good because then they’re next to each other through a wire wall and gate and they can continue to get acquainted.  I know I worry about this too much and yes, I suppose they’ll all be OK eventually but animals can be so mean to each other and I hate that.

You can meet Baby Moo outside this summer when you visit the farm!

Mary

Two weeks ago we sent out Farm News showing Deano helping at the computer.  One of our readers sent us this response:  As I was reading today’s Farm News, Squeak, Millie’s twin, decided to help, too. Can you see Deano in the background?  Funny.

Squeak

13 thoughts on “Farm News

  1. Ann Barlament

    I’m certain that Baby Moo will soon realize what a wonderful home she has been transplanted into!! Hopefully soon she will blend into the rest of the “trip”.

  2. Rose Mikulski

    Welcome Baby Moo, Love the name but not using the acronym. Can’t wait to meet you and bring you treats if Susannah lets me. Mary, keep up the good work of love and order amongst people and critters.

  3. donna j

    I, too, love Baby Moo! And likewise, to this nurse, don’t call her BM. In nursing, that’s a whole other meaning! My hubby wanted me to hyphenate our last names (Bender-Mease) so I could keep mine. I told him no way for 2 good reasons…it would take a whole lot longer to sign my patient charts and everyone would laugh that my initials meant Bowel Movement.
    The previous owners may have named her Baby Moo because her markings look like a cow– just like the ones in Grandpa’s barn.

  4. Holly

    I understand about goats having a social order. I had two goats that were together since they were kids and got along wonderfully. Then I brought in another goat that someone didn’t want and the social order changed and one of my original two goats began being very aggressive to the other one. When I re-homed the new goat to solve the problem, it didn’t work and the aggressive behavior continued. I also had a situation where I had to keep a smaller goat in a separate pen and pasture next to the others because the rest of the goats would pick on the runt so badly. It can really be a problem. Good luck with Baby Moo! I hope she’s happier in her new home.

  5. Mary R

    Love Baby Moo. Hopefully, all the goats will soon learn to get along with each other. I can’t wait to see all the animals outside when the weather is warmer.

  6. anita fetzer

    Well baby moo looks like a lovely goat….Hope the other girls accept her soon. Can you believe these animals? Worse than a bunch of teenage girls.

  7. Diane

    HI Mary–Baby Moo is really cute:) Thanks for showing Squeak at “her” computer. She is fun. More snow tomorrow in Central Ohio–enough!!

  8. Joan Harrison

    For someone who lives on a farm???? Google cows— look up
    HOLSTEINS Look at second picture of Baby Moo, perfect
    Ears and face. Perfect name!!!
    Are you going to Rosemont?
    Thank you for ” SCRATCHING”
    Joan

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