5/30/2021 0 Comments
Hello and goodbye
Last night we said goodbye to Castle Rock High Tide. He has been sold to the Australian syndicate and will be helping to establish the breed in Australia. We have known this day was coming for almost a year, but it was still hard to say goodbye to our sweet boy who has been our pride and joy for 5 years.
He is being transported by 5 Star Transport down to the holding facility in Texas, and it looks like he will have plenty of room for his journey.
While we are sad to see him move on, I know he will do great things for their program and we have retained a number of his daughters here all which seem to carry his gentle nature.
Welcome to Ace & Tundra
I have been searching for buck or buckling to fill Tide's slot and instead of getting just one, I brought home two. (yeah I know, cutting back and all that.) I really had only intended to get one, but then decided that as long as I was getting one I might as well get two that were close in age so they could be raised together.
I picked out Arctic Tundra first - he is out of a first freshener however almost every doe in his pedigree has an LA score of 90 or higher and given what I saw of his dam's udder at just 4 days fresh, she is going to be living up to her pedigree. Tundra is related to Tide on both his sire and dam's side which makes him distantly related to the 2015 National Champion doe and his great grand-sire is the sire of the 2019 National Champion doe so how could I pass up that sort of pedigree.
No other blue-eyed buckling were available so after a few hours sorting through all the brown-eyed options I settled on Strangers Ace. He may look plain, but his paternal grand-dam has an LA score of 92 and has made the Elite doe list for 5 consecutive years. And like Tundra he has a lot of does with LA scores of 90 or better behind him including one Jobi doe way back. (I love goats from Jobi!!) He is unrelated to any goat in my herd and will be a true outcross.
The boys are only 4 days apart in age so are on the same bottle feeding schedule and both have very sweet personalities.
5/18/2021 0 Comments
Giving up the dairy dream
One of the reasons we chose to move to Idaho was the laws concerning the sales of raw milk are much more reasonable than Oregon and I had dreams of running a dairy here. Alas, the deterioration that started following an accident 27+ years ago has reached the point where I can no longer keep up with a large herd. So I even though I made drastic cuts last year, I am making more this year. We will have some first fresheners kidding at the end of June into July and decisions on them will come after they have kidded. My goal is to get the herd down to 6-8 adult does, and just a couple of kids. But that is easier said that done as I love all of them.
Violet and her half sister Gal are retained along with Violets daughters Viennetta and her 2021 doe kid. Moana and Puzzle are also retained. That makes 5 adults and 1 doe kid retained. Everyone else is up for consideration so if there is a doe you are interested in let me know.
I have updated individual pictures with those that are for sale. A couple of additional yearlings may become available after they have kidded in late June or July.
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