SG Whiteoak-Bend Creampuff
I saw a lot of posts on facebook about the Superior Genetics designations being on the ADGA website. Just for fun I went to my list of does and found Whiteoak-Bend Creampuff is now SG Whiteoak-Bend Creampuff. I was not expecting it. I still do not understand how the PTI2:1 or the PTI1:2 is figured but Creampuff was appraised although her final score was a 79 and she will earn her milk star with the addition of the November test results as she has milked 1380 pounds in 209 days per the October 17 milk test.
However it is figured, I am still proud of Creampuff. Show results are not a part of the Superior Genetics Program but Creampuff earned her dry leg by winning Best Junior Doe in Show at the Brazos Valley Fair in 2012. She won her class several times in 2013 as a yearling milker so we hope she can be more competitive as a second freshener in 2014.
Plus she is one of the best behaved does in my herd. Beautiful milk stand manners with a really laid back personality. She had a single doe last year so we shall see how her daughter fares as a milker when she freshens in March.
These juniors are due to kid in the latter part of January. I am getting excited as several of them have started developing little udders. I got my calendar out and counted who is kidding and when. I am freshening 29 does and 13 of those will be first fresheners. I am holding over 14 2013 doelings as I could not face milk test with that many does in milk.
Plus I have moved seven to a separate pen as I think they are just small for their age. Course two of them should be small since they were born in June and July but they are almost as large as the March and February kids. The other five are not my breeding and I guess moving them set them back.
I will have one due in December, eight due in January, four in February, ten in March, six in April, and none so far in May but that could change if any of my AI'ed does come back into heat. Hope everyone's kidding season is easy and we all get does although two doe years in a row will kill me.
This is so exciting for me because the grasshoppers destroyed my summer garden. I planted these seeds and kept the plants on the patio for weeks to protect them from the grasshoppers. When I thought the coast was clear I planted them in the corner of the garden. It wasn't two days before some of them were gone and the grasshoppers were enjoying a meal. So I resorted to Sevin dust. Then no rain and even though I was watering them they were not growing. Then the rains came and they sprouted quickly and then the ants attacked. Back to powdering the ground with Sevin dust. I even saw bees in the flowers so I certainly wasn't going to powder the whole plant. My problem is I don't know what this squash is. I planted plain zucchini, pink banana squash and spaghetti squash. It is striped but looks like a zucchini and does not resemble what I remember the pink banana squash looking like plus those plants should be vining and these aren't. Guess when I pick it and cook it I will figure it out.
I went to the Pine Street Market in Bastrop today to set up my Soap and Lotion booth. Slow day and had some rain off and on and I left early due to rain BUT not without my new kitty. There was a kitty in the storm drain which I call a sewer that would come out and then go back in but we have ingenious vendors who used a dog crate and cheese to lure the kitty into the crate and a string to close the door. She is in a crate in the milk room and is not too happy about it. A kind of wild kitty but she has had here fill of cat food and she has a nice bowl of warm milk from the evening milking.
She kind of looks a little miffed in the picture but she will get used to me and the goats and will have all the goat milk she wants along with the kitty food. I am not an authority on cats but someone said since it was a calico it was a she so I am going on that and calling her a she. Now for a name. Sewer Cat probably isn't the best choice. The next name on my "D" list for goats is Darlene so maybe I should just call her Darlene. She is a pretty little thing and will fatten up nicely in a few weeks. Then off to the clinic in Brenham to be spayed and then she will be set to stay here forever.
Back from the State Fair
These girls are glad to be back home after spending a few days in Dallas at the State Fair of Texas. The black LaMancha in the center is Dreamy Delights B Daydreamer. I bought her from Lynne Fancher last June. She sure is giving me a look in this picture. While Pat Thornton and I were waiting for the junior LaManchas to show a lady came over with a black and tan LaMancha doeling and intoroduced herself and told us this was her first ADGA show and that she had Nigerians in the Swine Barn but had entered her only LaMancha in the ADGA show. Now Pat and I can't agree if she is Tonya or Tanya but she was very nice and while chatting I found out she bought her doeling from Lynne Fancher. Then we figured out the black doeling I have and her doeling were littermate sisters. Small world huh?? Anyway she did a good job showing her doeling and Pat showed Daydreamer who placed 4th and her sister was 6th .The smiling Saanen doeling in this picture is trying to look pleasant but she was a handfull all weekend. Acted like she had never seen humans before and she was bottle raised. Doesn't she look sweet and innocent?
I got brave last week and entered the Texas - Oklahoma Fair in Wichita Falls. Of course, the day I had to go was the day we received all of that fabulous rain which I had the privilege of driving though for over 6 hours. Made for a cool trip for the goats and I refused to get on I-35 in a downpour so I drove under the freeway and continued on Highway 36 to 281 all the way to Wichita Falls. Excellent roads and beautiful scenery. I have to comment on the Jacksboro High School. It has some beautiful rock work on the front and is a lovely example of a rural school. Good job Jacksboro.
The show at the fair was rough. There were three shows going on at the same time in the same place, Sheep, meat goats and dairy goats plus cattle next door. My goats have never met a sheep before and I could not get them to walk through the sheep to get to the dairy goat arena. Had to go around through the cattle side. They know cows.
And the noise. Two zillion of those livestock hair dryers going at the same time ALL.DAY.LONG. was tough . Could not hear the judges at all. Even when in the ring and they were speaking to you if you were on the side of the ring next to the hair dryers.
BUT there was a happy ending. My little Whiteoak-Bend Dark Chocolate, daughter of last week's blog picture, won Grand Champion Junior LaMancha in Ring 1. She was born in May and was in the youngest class. I am so proud of her. Her sire is Dream-Fire EZ Cunningham and Dark Chocolate looks just like her dam. Lynne Fancher, the breeder of Dream-Fire EZ Cunningham, arrived to watch the show just in time to see Dark Chocolate win. All that driving in the rain was well worth the trip after all.
I look so happy because Whiteoak-Bend CHocolate Chip, my little yearling first freshener won her second official leg toward her permanent championship. She won her dry leg at the 2012 Brazos Valley Fair. We like the Brazos Valley Fair. IF Chip stays healthy and we can win that third leg, she will be the first home grown doe to become a CH in, oh twenty something years. I found a buck that has crossed well with the goats I had and that is something that does not happen easily. Thanks to Lynn Fleming for my Lynnhaven KT A TX Tornado. I have four milking daughters on milk test and if all goes well, they will earn him his + this year. Chip has a daughter that was born in May 2013 that looks just like her. I have a lot to look forward to in 2014. Chip and her daughter will be attending the Texas-Oklahoma Fair and the Dallas State Fair before shutting down the show circuit for 2013.
I have a yearling Saanen buck and I kept a 2013 buckling out of a nice doe but I have decided I don't like a thing about him. Soooooo I have a bunch of little 2013 doelings and no buckling. Road trip today to pick up a 2013 buckling to join the herd. He is suffering from the heat right now since he came from a herd that has TREES around and in their pens. We have no trees at all so he thinks he has died and NOT gone to heaven. Perhaps his name can keep him cool.
Brownstone FF Frosty Freeze
Sire: *B Companeros Foxy Frosty
Dam: CH Brownstone Farm Anna Nichole-R
Kids checking out their new house.
Ventilation holes in the back.
While we had a teenager around, Curt enlisted his help and they cut the doors and adding some additional ventilation holes in the backs of the storage tanks. In the hopes of attracting rain, we have left the tops open for the time being. Hasn't worked yet but we aren't giving up hope. The white color of the tanks also help with the heat buildup. I crawled into one to check out the temperature and it was fine. I am so happy to have some additional shelters for the small pens. I got five tanks for less than the two calf hutches were going to cost me and they are quite similar in use. The tanks are actually larger. The kids have found out that they can stick their heads into the tank and scream and it echoes. They think that is fun. Kids.
Can always use more small pens.
It is getting close to breeding season here and I have ten, yes, ten bucks. I raise three breeds and I have way too many bucks but then I have way too many does also. Soooo I talked Curt into adding a couple more small pens on the end of the four I already have out front. Four more and I will be all the way to the highway. These pens are really easy to do unless you are trying to dig post holes in ground that is hard as a rock. Or maybe that actually is rock. Didn't get very deep even with the post hole digger on the tractor so we have filled the holes with water and are waiting. And waiting. And waiting. The water isn't going anywhere fast. These pens are 16 x 20 and are the perfect size for the babies or a few young bucks or for breeding pens. Cattle panels are 16' plus 4' for the gate and you can see how easy they are to put together. That is, if we could dig a hole in the ground.