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What big feet you have

Hoof trimming

Aurora's feet are now half again as big as her mother's. Strange since our little girl is only 1/4 Nubian (and 3/4 Dwarf Nigerian) while her mother is half and half.

But I think getting as much milk as you can handle for the first seven months of your life might turbo-charge you forever. In fact, I can see inklings that Aurora is going to be our new herd queen before too long as her size begins to outpace her mother's. Here's hoping she keeps some of Artemesia's sweet temperament despite the transition and doesn't turn into a bully.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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