“AHHHH,” the baby goats scream like humans for food. Two Potomac State College students, Kindra Carr and Jacob Dayton, take care of their “kids.”
Carr and Dayton help out during the goats’ “kidding season,” which is the term for when the goats give birth. During the last kidding season, Carr and Dayton delivered 38 goats in 22 hours by themselves.
“It was a tough weekend, but it is by far my favorite memory,” Dayton said.
During this kidding season, a goat named Daisy was born. Daisy was the smallest of the four goats born to her mother and wasn’t expected to survive due to her inability to keep her formula down. To keep her alive, Carr had to tube the formula into her stomach.
“It’s difficult to tube a goat, if you’re not careful you can accidentally tube the formula into their lungs instead of their stomach,” Carr said.
Carr covers the night shift and Dayton takes the morning; they both handle the same tasks on the farm. On a regular day at the farm, Carr and Dayton will feed and water the goats during their shifts. They also give the goats vaccinations. Other duties around the farm include checking on the pigs and working in the greenhouse.
Working on the farm has made PSC feel more like home for Carr who grew up working on her family’s farm.
Dayton enjoys working on the farm because it provides him with a needed break from campus. After dealing with people and classes all day, he feels that it is nice to be able to escape to the farm.
“Sometimes I get along better with goats than I do with people,” Dayton said.