All of these girls are due in January 2015. Four of them are Saanens and I have had numerous requests for Saanen milkers this fall. Three of the four are in this picture and yes, the headless one is a Saanen. She is probably the one that will end up going to someone as a family milker but she does actually have a nice head. Since I get more requests for Alpines and Saanens rather than La Manchas it makes sense to continue with all three breeds and just cut back on La Manchas as time permits. Oh wait, I have five breeds as I have a token Toggenburg as well as a few Experimentals. At least I don't get bored with five breeds.
Cowgirl has been AI'ed to GCH +*B Little Orchard TF Pine Baron for late February kids. I have positive feelings about her settling. If not, I have more Pine Baron semen so I will just try again. Cowgirl is one of my favorite Lynnhaven KT A TX TOrnado daughters. She is 25% Saanen but her doe kids will be American LaManchas. I have been trying to dry her off for the past month with limited success. I have five I am trying to dry off so I started milking once a day, then every third milking then every other day. Otherwise they just kept pumping out the milk.
In December 2010 I purchased a buck from Lynn Fleming out of the Lynnhaven herd in Pine Bush, NY. Why? Lynn was making a trip to Texas and was delivering goats along the way and since she was going to be within 50 miles of my house I decided to buy a buck. I purchased him strictly on pedigree and I must have made the right choice as I have had some wonderful offspring from him.
Last year his milking daughters earned him his + and this year he earned his SG status. He has two permanent champion daughters, GCH Whiteoak-Bend Cowgirl and CH Whiteoak-Bend TX Dotcom. Another daughter has two championship legs but freshened with mastitis this year so she may never earn that third leg, Whiteoak-Bend Chocolate Chip. Chip's daughter placed sixth in her class at the 2014 National Show and is a mirror image of Chip. I have high hopes for her in the show ring as a milker. I have six daughters that have earned their dry legs as juniors. Two of them freshened in 2014 and both won their class several times as a yearling milker. They can only be better as two year old second fresheners.
I will be taking reservations for doelings sired by Tornado since I feel confident in his get. http://www.whiteoakbenddairygoats.com/2015-breeding-schedule.html
I probably spent more time getting Patty ready for appraisal than I did for the animals that I knew could score higher. Patty is my high producer but not my "pretty" girl by any stretch of the imagination. I clipped her and since she had been foundered before I got her, I used my new electric hoof knife and ground down her front hooves a little every few days until they were "almost" normal. Nothing I could do would disguise her twisted udder which she was coded for and rightly so. Her udder texture is what I call coarse so I was not surprised she received an A in udder texture. Patty's highpoints were E's in rear legs, back and rump and a V in head so Patty does have some good features. PAtty's final score was 78 and we were both happy with that.
It has been 23 years since I finished a doe carrying my herd name. Cowgirl earned her permanent status at the Heart of Oklahoma show in May 2014. She is a Lynnhaven KT A TX Tornado daughter and recently appraised 2 -05 88(+EVE). Cowgirl is on milk test and milked 12.6 pounds on her May test.
Pat Thornton and I traveled all the way to Sulphur, OK to the Arbuckle Classic Dairy Goat Show for one reason. Pat wanted a chance for her doe to earn her third leg and thus her permanent championship. Mission accomplished as Carnation earned her third leg in Ring# 1 and so was not shown in Ring #2. Pat then had a surprise win with her 5 year old third freshener, Texas-T Connoisseur's Zinnia for her first official leg.
Patty is a very large and not too pretty Saanen doe. I have no daughters from her but Patty is very important to hubby. Patty freshened last night and he bought two bottle calves yesterday. Perfect timing. Patty milks well and since I can wean my January kids, we will have just enough milk for these two additions as well as Patty's two little Experimental buck kids. Bottle calves have been hard to come by lately as we only feed out beef calves but hubby lucked on not one but two at a decent price although certainly not a bargain. Both slurped down their half gallon bottles of raw goat milk this morning with no problems. They are ready to go up to the calf pen as they spent the night in the old trailer they came home in. They are the quietest calves we have every had and the white one came through the ring with his mama. You would think he would be bawling for her.
This is IDGRC XO91 MMV Nera Nave. What a name. She must be trying to live up to it because she is a handful and is HUGE. She is older and isn't the best in the milk department this year so I never thought she would earn her star. BUT the April test will put her over the 1716 pounds of milk required for her to become a star milker.
I never have to milk this goat again. I am excited. No more getting stomped into the milk stand if I am too slow putting on the inflations. No more Nera deciding to get off the milk stand when the mood hits. She is so big the headgate can't close but food usually keeps her occupied although not always. I have had her drag the milk machine to the exit gate before. Plus she is so wide she has to squeeze through the gate. I think I will cross her to my LaMancha buck next year and raise giant LaManchas.
My first and maybe only Alpine doeling for 2014. I have one more chance in June. She was born March 20, 2014 and caused us some problems. Her feet were out but it turns out that her head was tucked under. Had to push her back in and get her head up right. When doing this we heard a loud pop and thought we had broken the kid's neck. No she was fine but Xona is not so good. The pop was her hip. She is getting up and down and can walk but she sure has a swollen stifle. She is eating well but I have to milk her on the ground and she is a big producer. Second one born was a buck and he too had to be rearranged to be born. Bad kids. Causing us all kinds of worries. Both kids will be retained.
X as I call her is one of my first does to earn her milk star this year. The records have finally filtered down to ADGA and she has become a GCH. Dream-Fire LOX Almost Amy and Companeros Kojack Patty joined her in the star milker category. The rest of the herd will get there as the records are submitted.
I moved X to the maternity pen this morning as she is due to kid next week. I am very excited about this kidding as X is AI'ed to Sand Dance HLS Rico Suave'. I actually want a buck out of this breeding so I will be thrilled with one but not so thrilled with three. X had triplets two years ago with an AI breeding - 2 bucks and a doe. I would be happy with a repeat of that performance.