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8 Thursday, October 2, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Donna and Norm Geiser load lunch, water, ice tea, a camera, a first aid kit and goat feed into a pack. They are preparing for a hike up the rocky mountain to the west of their property. Czar Nicholas the Only, will carry the All New LARGE Capacity Washers, Gas Dryers Fluff and Fold Flaygroud for the KIDS! 2nd Street between East and Center {Near the Noose Lodge MicroWave Sandwich s Well Drinks $1.50 Premium Beers $1.50 10 Different $1.50 Beers pack. Nicky (the Czar's nickname) is a handsome goat. His 170 pound frame is strong, well muscled and covered by a shiny coat in shades of brown. He is intelligent and inquisitive. Nicholas is attuned to everything around him. Not a plant, animal or movement escapes his atten- tion. Nor does the location of his people or the goat herd. All of these characteristics make the Czar an excellent pack goat. The goat pack saddle looks like a miniature version of the pack saddles used on mules and horses complete with cross buck, sidebar, cinch, breast collar and rump strap. The saddle rests on a thick felt pad. The packs are rugged, lightweight cordura. Fargo, six months old, will carry a training saddle. The other six goats, all young, will come along for the schooling but won't carry packs today. The outing is part of the goats pre-training which can start as early as one month. At this age, the mother will accompany her 8' 101 T-Posts $3.00 6' Deer & Rabbit $80.56 7' 101 T-Posts $2.70 5' Deer & Rabbit $69.66 6' 101 T-Posts $2.25 4' Deer & Rabbit $60.96 youngster. In the pre-training Donna selects the best goats for packing. "Not all goats will be good packers," she says. Donna believes in leaving the kid (a young goat) with its mother until it is weaned at four or five months old. The kid learns goat smarts from its aunts, uncles and cousins in the herd as well as from its mother. Geiser doesn't believe in taking the newborn kid from its mother to be bottle fed and raised by people. Many breeders do this so the goat will bond with humans rather than herd goats. She says even if the goat bonds better, he may not develop goat sense. Bonding does not appear to be a problem with Donna j and her goats. They rush toward her when she approaches and compete for the closest position. Her biggest chal- lenge is trying to exit the pen alone. Continued on next page Chainlink (,ares, Post and Fittings all priced to go! xt0000iberti Fence Co. 560 Big Five Road 727-0500 FREE ESTIMATES ZAccepted Daily Hours: Mon. - Fri. 7a.m. - 3:30p.m. I I I Ill I I I Come on over and get your Fill t! Eagle Point Restaurant Now under the Managem of Double Eagle Open 6-10 HUNGRY ? ent Country Mint Band Friday & Saturday Night Friendly convenience store hours 6:00am to Midnight- 7 Days A Week. Variety of merchandise for your everyday needs. We accept food stamps - Purified Water Machine 0