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 ordered Email My Heart in 2014 and picked her and Lynnhaven SS Spirit of Texas up at the Austin Airport. I really did not show her much since I had other does in the same age group so she has just kind of grown up at home. I had been showing a doe named Ebony in her age group but Ebony was bitten by a snake prior to the ETGRA Show in Corsicana so I subbed in Email My Heart. She won Grand Champion Junior LaMancha in the second ring so I scratched her for Ring 1. Email My Heart has blossomed and I have high hopes for her as a first freshening two year old as I held her over. I plan on breeding her to Lynnhaven SS Spirit of Texas in the fall.
Here is our 2014 son and dog picture. Minus Son. This is our first Christmas without Son so we improvised with his Christmas present, a new pair of boots.
Trying to keep up with the tradition. Every year we take a picture of Kyle and his dog with her antlers. I do have an interesting shot of Sami after she posed so nicely that is kind of funny. Scroll on down to the bottom to see it.
2013 Kyle and Sami
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.
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!!