When I decided I wanted to dabble in Sables I started my search for a mature brood doe. I never expected to end up with a doe the quality of Patina Grit's Derby. The owner of Derby, Carolyn Morrison, transported Derby back to her breeder, Cindi Shelley in NY and Cindi delivered her to the National Show in Harrisburg, PA. Cindi was even penned one aisle over from us so it was an easy move for Derby to join my herd. AND Carolyn Morrison and her family came to watch Derby show. I milked Derby three times a day to get her production back up as she had been transported twice and was a little stressed by it all. I don't usually bond with mature goats but for some reason Derby seems special to me. I also bought semen from two Sable bucks and I plan on AI'ing Derby to either CH Patina Grey Yaris or Caprikorn Mercio Espejo. I also brought home a yearling, Patina Y Fancy! who placed second in the Junior Yearling class and a 2016 kid, Sable Swanktuary Rising Sun that we picked up in Indiana on our way home.
Whiteoak-Bend Heart of Texas (Lynnhaven SS Spirit of Texas X Lynnhaven NYM Email my Heart) had a short junior career. She won her dry leg this past weekend at the Heart of Oklahoma Show in Norman, OK after being purchased the week before.
Her half sister, Whiteoak-Bend Hyacinth (Lyunnhaven SS Spirit of TYexas X Whiteoak-Bend Easter Lily) won Reserve in the same ring. The judge was really studying these two girls as they were so similar. Looks like Spirit of Texas is stamping his offspring with the same traits.
I rarely sell kids and when I do it has to be to someone very special. In fact I only sold two kids last year, an Alpine and a Saanen, and both went to youth in Oklahoma. After an inquiry about a Lynnhaven doe, I decided I could sell one of a set of twins. Buyers choice. So I clipped and hauled the sisters to Gainesville where Grace immediately picked Whiteoak-Bend Heart of Texas. Sire: Lynnhaven SS Spirit of Texas and Dam: Lynnhaven KT Email my Heart. So my kid sale for 2016 went to a youth in Oklahoma. I hope Grace and Heart of Texas have a long show career together as I really think Grace and Heart of Texas hit it off.
Whiteoak-Bend A TX Valentine (Lynnhaven KT A TX Tornado x Lynnhaven LAN Chantilly Cream) was so excited to get to go with the big girls for a ride in the trailer. She and the other five juniors jumped up and down the whole trip. Valentine managed to win her dry leg by winning her class as the youngest entry as she turned 3 months old the day of the show and by then going Grand Champion Junior LaMancha in the first ring she walked into. This ended her junior show career as I do NOT show juniors that have earned a dry (restricted) leg. I am so proud of my Tornado daughters. They do me proud. Thank you Lynn Fleming for bringing this buck to Texas five years ago.
I did not breed Spook nor did I raise Spook but I have owned Spook for the past four years. We have been through a lot together and she is my favorite goat in the herd. Easy to handle, moves slow, ever does anything to hurt me and these traits have earned her a forever home with me. Spook was appraised today as a six year old and scored (pending) 91(VEEE). My first doe to ever score 90 or above. It took me three years for Spook to finish her championship and she has slowly climbed the ladder on appraisal scores. I love my Spookie Girl even if she has had bucks for the past two years.
+*B SG Lynnhaven KT A TX Tornado just received an email informing him that he has not one but two sons on the 2016 first quarter list for the Young Sire Development Program. Whiteoak-Bend A TX Dust Storm and Whiteoak-Bend A TX Hurricane are the proud qualifiers. Hurricane's dam is SG Lynnhaven NYM Classic Coco and Dust Storm's dam is Dreamy Delights B Daystar. I do not have a picture of Daystar as she has been my problem child for the past two years but I guess I will have to spruce her up for appraisal and get a photo session in.
Every year I take a son and dog portrait. Same son but we have had two different dachshunds over the years in the photos, although they were both black and tan. Son is on a two week leave so he has refused to shave during that time so he looks a tad scruffy but Sami looks her usual beautiful self. Happy New Year from White Oak Bend!!
Kidding season starts here on February 5, 2016 with Whiteoak-Bend Dreamgirl up first. Dreamgirl is bred to Lynnhaven JBN Just in Case. She appraised 88(VV+E) 02-03 and is getting close to the end of her lactation where she should earn her milk star. Dreamgirl is one of my favorite home grown does in the herd. She is sweet and easy to handle and I love her color.
After slipping in the mud going down a slight incline last week and injuring my ankle pretty seriously, I have been slapped into reality that hubby and I cannot take care of this many animals if both of us can't pull our weight. Poor hubby is doing almost everything as I cannot carry a bucket of feed since my ankle can't take the extra weight. I CAN milk so that is good. Although hubby has to take some of the does off the stand so they don't drag me across the milk room.
A rainy stormy day was perfect for updating my website so I can list the does that I am not willing to part with but I have to. Pictures aren't so great as I had to go through my collection and just pick out the best from the pasture scenes for most. Bred LaMancha first fresheners are the first on the block. Not a thing wrong with any of these does but I cannot freshen 40 does this year and the LaManchas outnumber the rest of the breeds almost three to one. If you look at my 2016 Breeding Schedule you will see the does for sale as well as prices.
If they don't sell, they will just kid here and join the milk string or maybe find a home as a family milker.
Three wethers went to the sale barn this morning so the herd is down to a total of 80. Two more will be going to a family member in South Dakota when hubby makes his yearly visit back to his home state so I feel confident I can say 78 now. I have multiple breeds so I have broken them down by breed and sex. I am not counting bucks as they are essential so I am going to concentrate on how to lower my doe population. I only have eight Alpines, three Toggs, six Experimentals, 16 Saanens BUT I HAVE 33 LAMANCHAS. I had over 30 does kid last year and it almost killed me. I cannot do that again.
There are options though. I can skip breeding some of the older ones for a year. This year they weren't part of the problem as that group had bucks and I let them raise them. I can wait until next year to breed the 2015 doelings but I did that last year and have 19 2014 yearlings that have to be bred this year. I had a doe year for two years straight with LaManchas and a doe year with Saanens this year too.
I hope they understand that being hateful isn't going to win them any points to stay here. I have a couple in mind for a sale barn visit if they keep it up. Wish me luck.
I work part time as well as raise and show dairy goats and make and sell goat milk soaps and lotions. My life is BUSY!!