The vet came out yesterday to assess our situation with the goats. She determined that they will not be healthy in time for them to go to the Big E. Thankfully, Abby will still be able to go as a Connecticut delegate. She will be the "offical" 4H helper. She also will be able to show goats in the breed classes for other 4H-ers.
This illness in our goats also means that our fair season is over for this year. I must admit I am relieved, as the Portland fair was the same weekend as my brother's wedding. It would have been a whirlwind weekend and those never go as smoothly as I would like.
We now will work on getting the animals healthy, washing down the barns and fences, and beginning our breeding program. We are planning on spreading our breedings out a bit this fall so that I am not spending 3 weeks solid in the cold barn! We are shooting for kiddings in early March, mid April, and late May. But you know what they say about the "best laid plans..."