Frank Welling carries a bucket to mend a patch of fencing as his herd follows along single-file Sept. 21 in the field behind his home. In addition to having their own names, "they each have their own unique personality," Welling said."I sell the more rowdy ones, and breed the ones that are calm and friendly," he said. "The kids learn their temperament from their parents."
Alma resident Frank Welling pets his "herd sire" Victor before feeding the rest of his herd Sept. 18 in the backyard of his home. Welling has been breeding goats as a hobby for three years, selling most to other breeders, and some for meat. "It started when I helped my granddaughter raise (a goat) to show for 4-H, and I just fell in love with the little critters," Welling said. He now has more than 20 Boer goats.
Frank Welling holds hands with his wife, Sue as he points at his herd of goats following them along a fence line Sept. 22 behind his home. Sue, a real estate agent and his wife of nearly 40 years, rarely wanders out to the barn but occasionally helps out when needed. "We sort of lead separate lives," Frank said.
After successfully cornering and roping a doe, Frank Welling trims down its horns Sept. 18 in his barn. Goats enjoy attention and petting, but "they get suspicious of you," when approaching them with rope Welling said.
Frank Welling looks over a pen he set up for his goat Les to separate her from the others after he discovered that her two babies had been aborted Sept. 24 in his barn. "It's really a shame," Welling said. "Les is my favorite goat, she's calm, friendly and is always the first to run up and get pet. I planned on keeping one of her kids for myself."
Frank Welling sits with his wife, Sue as the two enjoy some time together Sept. 22 at the large front window in their living room. "I like to just sit here and watch the world go by," Sue said.
Frank Welling pets one of his dappled goats, which means spots on spots, in the evening Sept. 24 in the field behind his home. As a retired teacher, Welling has a background in biology which contributes to his passion. "I'm very interested in genetics and how that can be used to get different spots, patterns and colors," he said.
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