American Dairy Goat Association
I'm Judy .
I live in the foothills of the coast range in Grand Ronde, Oregon on a property surrounded by two rivers. I have a starter herd of very nice Nigerian Dwarf goats and hope to improve on them every year. I am not new to goats having had very nice herd of Nubian's years ago.
I saw Nigerian Dwarf goats in 1995 for the first time. At that time they seemed more a curiosity rather than a viable dairy breed. I am impressed with what breeders have done with these awesome little animals.
I’m going on my second year now and have some very nice does of my own breeding. Next year they will be my milking does. I can’t wait to see their udders and what they can do in the milk producing department. With the fervent hope that I have achieved my plan to better my animals year by year.
I am striving to produce quality not quantity in my animals. The animals that I produce I want to see as better than their parents and keep improving every year. This did not go quite like I planned. I bought a buck with a pedigree so star studded as to be almost beyond belief. He had the greats in his pedigree. Which had absolutely nothing to do with him. He did not throw anything like himself or any of his ansesters.
Just because the ancestors are great doesn't mean that the buck will throw anything like to close to them. I had Nubians many years ago. I bought a buck kid for $100 that turned out to be super prepotent. His kids were gorgeous all the way around. I line bred on him and got a buck kid that I called Sterling. I had to sell him but people spoke to me about him for many, many years. I also spent a large sum of money for a buck that did nothing. I guess that just because they have this huge price on them it doesn't make them better. Genetics seems to me to be mostly a best guess. Even when on paper it looks infallable, mother nature can throw wrench in the mix when a person is not looking.
My plan of spreading the kidding out worked better than last year when I had them all kidding at the same time. It does make for a long spring though and all the kids at different stages. I see why sheep persons have them all lamb at the same time and get it over with. If I had the ideal situation I think I would do that too.
I hope to have some more changes made next year so that kidding time is easier. A place for the kidding does closer to the house would be my first choice.
Will have to change the hay storage also because I lost half of my Eastern alfalfa hay to powdery mildew. Have to fix the barn so that doesn't happen again. I figured this out with wrapping tarps around the bales.
Have a lot of changes that I want to make to make the whole goatie thing run smoother. Which I will add to my Life's Lane page as I achive them. If it ever quits raining so I don't sink out of sight in the mud.
Here's a very pregnant Cheyenne. She's enjoying a bit of rare sunshine with the kitty. She's bred to my buck Chase. Cheyenne had quads two bucks and two does. One doe was just a pound and a half. She lived in my bathroom for almost a month before she was big enough to go out with the other kids.
American Dairy Goat Association
Member of ADGA all my animals are registered ADGA
CAE/CL/Johne's free herd