Introducing our first moon-spotted goat, a lovely 2 year old doe from Coast Wind farms. She comes from a long line of goats with moon spots and has a lovely pedigree too. Looking forward to having some blue-eyed moon spotted kids out of her next spring. Now to decide who the lucky sire will be....
Introducing Lil Bleats S Double the Kisses (aka Dutch) who was born on 6/7/17. He flew in Friday evening from Colorado Springs and we couldn't be more excited to have another Castle Rock Guy Noir grandson in our herd! Check out the buck page for his full pedigree. His dam Castle Rock Mon Cheri scored an 88 on her first freshening LA and we are looking forward to seeing what her second freshening LA score is in a few week. Below are his two grand-dams.
GCH Castle Rock Sarafina 2*M 2*D EEEE 92
DOB 2/10/10 height 21 3/4" at 2 1/2 years
3xGCH, 5xRGCH, 3xBOB
Picture courtesy of Castle Rock Farms
SGCH Castle Rock Wildfire VEEE 90
3x GCH, 3x RGCH
Picture courtesy of Castle Rock Farms
Poppy Patch Evel Knievel ("K") is now at 3HenFarm. Where my friend Rebecca is spoiling him. I now have 3HenFarm WF Ginger who is out of Wags Ranch Pumpkin Pi who was out of my foundation doe MR Ligtning Mame' who passed away last year. She is a yearling and will be bred this fall.
Now to the brag portion - Pumpkin Pi scored an 88 on this year's LA and her two half sister's out of Mame' did well too, with Angel also scoring an 88 and her litter-mate sister Myrtle scoring a 90! These are the first Wags Ranch does to be LA'd that I am aware of and I couldn't be more proud. We had hoped to do LA this year ourselves but a promotion at my off farm job had me working double shifts for a few months and I just didn't have time to prepare. Next year, hopefully will we be able to get everyone LA'd.
And in other news all goats here on the ranch at the end of June tested negative for CAE/CL/Johnes.
And finally, Bristol Blue should be kidding around the 19th of August. She is bred to K and I am hoping for some blue-eyed kids out of that pairing. And Alex's pregnancy test came back positive, so we are expecting kids out of her and Midnight sometime in late September.
Three healthy, handsome boys for Levana and Evel Knievel on 5/6/2017. Of course we were hoping for at least one doe kid, but at least one of these handsome fellas will be staying on at Wags Ranch as a future herd sire. Only the champagne and gold colored buckling got his dam's blue eyes.
Levana's udder continues to impress and I am looking forward to milking her in a couple of weeks. Normally with triplets I wait three weeks to start milking, but even at this point in time it is easy to see she will easily handle nursing triplets and milking.
This is our last spring kidding for the season but we are hopefully that Bristol, Alex and Blush will be presenting us with kids in August and September.
About 10am this morning Emmylou presented us with two very large blue-eyed doe kids out of Tide. Moana (which means deep ocean) on the right was the first born kid. Her slightly smaller sister Cordelia (daughter of the sea) is on the left. At this point we are thinking we will probably o retain both of them.
After being in labor all night long Dassy finally kidded with twins. A very handsome boy and a darling black and white girl we have named Zipporah. "Zippy" will be retained on the Ranch. Her brother is already spoken for as a wether and they both have great personalities and provide us with a lot of entertainment.
First kids from Tanya and first kids from High Tide. Three beautiful doelings all with blue eyes like their parents. The first born buckskin is very tiny, but she was born kicking so I have no concerns about her size. The last born was a bit of a surprise, as she came almost 30 minutes after the first two, and Tanya didn't appear to be big enough to have triplets. Babies and mom are all doing fine.
The following evening Tanya's older half sister Sweet Pea kidded for the second time, but it was our first kids out of "K". I was at ER with my dad, so my 12 yr old daughter midwifed the birth with the moral support of her dad. I was getting text updates at ER and was so excited when there was finally a doe kid after the two boys and then - surprise their was another girl! Quads!! Sweet Pea handled it like the trooper she is and she is being a great mom.
The boys will be available as bottle baby wethers next weekend. $100 each or $150 for the pair.
Kidding season is finally upon us, with several first fresheners and two new bucks in the mix we are looking forward to great things in the coming year. Tanya and Sweet Pea are due this weekend, but we are past day 142 for both of them so we could have babies on the ground any time now.
And just because I can't resist, here are few of the kids born here in previous years.
Today we added two doe kids from the Tahoma herd up in Graham, Washington. The ligher colored doe is "Tahoma Sterling" (3/10/16) out of "Tahoma Aspen Snow" x "Tohoma Suka". The darker doeling is "Tahoma Early Blue Snowfall" (4/15/16) she is out of M.R. Sparrow's HeartTrobBlues x Sunny Prairie TrailingBlue Ivy.
Extended pedigres for these fine girls will be put up once I get them completed and get individual pictures of the girls for the Jr. Doe page.
Given my usual propensity for small blue-eyed bucks this big brown-eyed hunk is a real departure from my norm. However, when I saw everything this guy brings to the table I just couldn't say no.
This is what his previous owner who owns his finished champion daughter has to say about him: "Evel Knievel, or "K" as we call him, has been an outstanding buck for us. He has one finished champion daughter, CH Sans Gene K Zydeco, also winner of Best Udder in Breed awards; another daughter Sans Gene K Cookies and Cream, who by age two earned 2 legs, several RCH wins and Best Udder awards, and a BDIS. Several other daughters have taken home RCH awards as milkers and juniors. Daughters milk very well; peaking at ½ gallon or more and holding their lactations very well. With several daughters on test, it is very likely K will get his +B this year.
Although K is a taller buck (23.5”), he consistently throws smaller kids, maturing same size or more often a bit smaller than their dams. He improves across all areas of the score card, particularly in leveling toplines, dairy strength, feet and legs, especially front legs. He does a lot for mammary capacity and foreudder attachment, and especially improves rear udder width and height. We get improved orifices, production and will to milk, too. His kids tend to be calm and friendly even if the dams are not. K himself is a gentle, sweet natured guy, gets along well with other bucks, and easy to handle and care for."
We are very excited to be adding this proven, outstanding sire to our herd and look forward to seeing kids on the ground!
Jane is a wife, mother, critter-wrangler and works full-time off the farm as well.