Category: Does

J&J Livestock EST Spring

J&J Livestock EST Spring

Spring
J&J Livestock EST Spring

SSS:  *B Lakeshore DL Perfect Storm 90 VEE
SS: CH +*B Lakeshore Perfect Roo Dandy 91 EEE
SSD:  SGCH Lakeshore-Farms Dandy Tangaroo 4*M 90 VVEE
S:  *B CH Lakeshore High Esteem
SDS:  SG *B J&R Spirit's Dakota Playboy 90 EEV
SD:  SGCH Lakeshore Mira's Easter Lily 6*M 91 EEEE
SDD:  Lakeshore SH Mira Vista 91 EEEE

DSS:  Kastdemur's Voodoo
DS:  *B Acorn-Acres Storm Warning
DSD:  GCH Acorn-Acres Nymphe 91 EEVE
D:  J&J Livestock Foxy Lady
DDS: CH Cream-of-Kansas' Legend Romeo
DD:  J&J Livestock Dilly Dally
DDD:  Ranschau Acres Annabelle

Born April 21, 2017

N1866633

Spring rear
Spring and Herb

With Spring we get to incorporate some outcross genetics from our friends James and Jamie McDaniel of J&J Livestock.  As an April baby she joined our herd at a month younger than our own youngest kids, and quickly stepped into the role of adored little sister and favorite of all visitors.  She has an easy self-confidence and is strongly bonded to her goat and human family.

Spring carries milky genetics behind her, most especially on her sire's side, and we are looking forward to watching her grow!

Foxy rear udder
Dam Foxy rear udder
Foxy side udder
Dam Foxy side udder
Jasper Farm Buddha’s Angel (polled)

Jasper Farm Buddha’s Angel (polled)

Jasper Farm Buddha's Angel
Jasper Farm Buddha's Angel

SSS: Oznayim Adonis’ Dave
SS: Oznayim Mitch
SSD: Oznayim WSB Julia
S: Jasper Farm OM Buddha
SDS: Oznayim WSB Baba LA 85 VV+
SD: SG Jasper Farm Baba's Aylie
SDD: 2*M SG Bryson Branch BH Lucky Dollar LA 88 VVEV

SSS: Maple View Fawn’s Adonis
SS: Oznayim Adonis’ Dave
SSD: Oznayim WSB Julia
D:  Oznayim Lizzy
DDS: Oznayim Ksshadow of the Valley
DD:  Oznayim Lilly Tomlyn
DDD: Oznayim Horizon’s Sydney

Born February 5, 2017

Registration pending

G6S normal by parentage

 

 

 

 

 

Lizzy and Angel
Lizzy and Angel

How I love this doeling, my Angel!  She has been so strong since the day she was born, and continues to grow with such a deep body and sturdy bones, broad forehead and wide rump.  And she is polled!  I will be breeding her for 2018 as a yearling first freshener to Bo.

Jasper Farm OH Gwenda

Jasper Farm OH Gwenda

Gwenda
Jasper Farm OH Gwenda

Born 3-15-2017

Registration pending

G6S Normal by parentage

SSS: Butterfield Acres Sandi’s Mac
SS: Butterfield Acres Stacy’s Gold
SSD: Butterfield Acres Sandi Stacy
S:  Oznayim Herb Basil
SDS: Oznayim Dabob’s Robert
SD:  Oznayim Gail
SDD: SG 7*M Musk*Rose SS Lucille

DSS: Oznayim WSB Baba LA 85 VV+
DS:  Jasper Farm Baba’s Kijana
DSD: Rosethyme Flash Cinnamon
D:  SG Jasper Farm Kijana's Naomi 2*M
DDS:  Royal-Blue Double Trouble
DD: SG 1*M Oznayim Breve’s Kaitlyn LA 87 VE+V
DDD: Royal Blue DT I’m No Joke

Jasper Farm OH Gwenda
Jasper Farm OH Gwenda One month
Jasper Farm OH Bayla (polled)

Jasper Farm OH Bayla (polled)

Bayla
Jasper Farm OH Bayla (polled)

Born 3-15-2017

Registration pending

G6S Normal by parentage

SSS: Butterfield Acres Sandi’s Mac
SS: Butterfield Acres Stacy’s Gold
SSD: Butterfield Acres Sandi Stacy
S:  Oznayim Herb Basil
SDS: Oznayim Dabob’s Robert
SD:  Oznayim Gail
SDD: SG 7*M Musk*Rose SS Lucille

DSS: Oznayim WSB Baba LA 85 VV+
DS:  Jasper Farm Baba’s Kijana
DSD: Rosethyme Flash Cinnamon
D:  SG Jasper Farm Kijana's Naomi 2*M
DDS:  Royal-Blue Double Trouble
DD: SG 1*M Oznayim Breve’s Kaitlyn LA 87 VE+V
DDD: Royal Blue DT I’m No Joke

I have to say I feel a tad bit guilty keeping this girl as her markings are SO beautiful!  I try hard not to let coat color be a factor in my decision, but when this lovely polled girl came out as the first of Naomi's triplets this year, I knew I had to keep her.  I am eager to see her grow and am hoping to see a bit more width develop with maturity.

Jasper Farm OM Faithful

Jasper Farm OM Faithful

Jasper Farm OM Faithful
Jasper Farm OM Faithful as yearling first freshener spring 2017

Born 2-11-2016
N1839165
G6S Normal by parentage

SSS: Maple View Fawn’s Adonis (polled)
SS: Oznayim Adonis’ Dave (polled)
SSD: Oznayim WSB Julia
S: Oznayim Mitch (polled)
SDS: *B Wynneshire Starbuck’s Breve
SD: Oznayim O.Man Penny
SDD: Oznayim WSB Julia

DSS:  *B Haf-Hidden-Acres Thaddeus
DS:  *B Haf-Hidden-Acres Bryson’s Hero
DSD:  GCH 2*M Haf-Hidden-Acres Bloomsage
D:  2*M SG Bryson Branch BH Lucky Dollar LA 88 VVEV
DDS:  *B Longman’s HM Macho Man
DD:  1*M Bryson Branch Grace Rose LA 91 EEEE
DDD:  Poverty Knob Nettie Rose

Yearling first freshening udder Jasper Farm OM Faithful
Yearling first freshening udder Jasper Farm OM Faithful

ADGA Genetics

I'll come right out and say it - yes, you do see horns in that picture.  Faith was born my first year with polled genetics and I made the wrong call on her.  I had not planned to keep her for long, expecting to send her on to a farm where there were other horned goats, but for many reasons she is still here!  Hence when I finally decided to go ahead and register her, I used the name I had been calling her, Faith, which fits her sweet faithful personality and I think reflects her circumstances well.

I was disappointed to not have a doeling from her first freshening, but I am really pleased with her beautiful udder (the best I've had born here) and her production.  Also her behavior on the milking stand is impeccable, after our first few days of confusion, wrestling her on to the stand.  I'm glad we hung in there!

I don't like her bite (another reason I stayed a bit lax about her horns when I discovered she was not actually polled) and I'm looking forward to getting some input on that in this year's Linear Appraisal session.  In 13 years of breeding I've never had a bite that wasn't good, so I think she just drew a random short straw on that one - her polled bucklings have beautiful bites.  My plan at this point is to keep her!  I will be repeating the Dolly/Mitch breeding this fall.

Tail Ligaments

Tail Ligaments

Will She Kid Tomorrow?
or…
How to Check Tail Ligaments

pictured above is Maggie (Jasper Farm FG’s La Gazzaladra) moments before kidding, 2016

In watching for kiddings,  I have certainly spent my fair share of time running back and forth to the barn, and on pins and needles every time I have to leave the house.  Early on, my sweet non-complaining does (hmmm…) have spent days and even a couple weeks in their kidding stall prior to kidding because I just wanted to be on the safe side.  This is even when I had a firm breeding date – somehow I always seem to be expecting them a few days ahead.  With the exception of 2014, when the babies all surprised me one breeding cycle earlier…and in that case, only the first set of twins surprised me as after that I knew it was time to start checking tail ligaments!

I can’t say enough how much smoother kidding season is for us now that I check tail ligaments on a regular basis.  It is useful if you have a firm breeding date, but it is also useful if you just have a vague idea of the breeding date.  I don’t know why I felt that this skill was beyond me in our first couple years with goats, but I’m glad I moved past that silliness and figured it out!

Checking the tail ligaments has allowed me to consistently predict when kidding is imminent, within the next 24 hours.  Unless for some reason I am going to be gone overnight, I don’t even move my does into their maternity stalls until we are in that 24-hr time period, which allows them to stay with the herd and feel relaxed until just before kidding (at which point, they are pretty distracted by the whole process and I think they like having their own “room” then!)

Next time you go out to the pasture, go ahead and check some tail ligaments, even on the boys, it doesn’t matter, just so you can find them and see what they feel like when they are nowhere near kidding (with the boys, seriously nowhere near kidding!).  I like to start checking them daily at least 2 weeks out from the expected kidding date, and I usually feel subtle changes in the softening and widening out of the ligaments at various points throughout that period of time.  When the doe is pretty close, the softening becomes more noticeable, and then when the doe is really close, there is a dramatic opening up of that whole area and I either can’t find the ligaments at all, or they are so very soft that they have almost disappeared completely.

Here’s what you do:

  •  Hold the fingers of your hand (I use my right hand) in a V shape.  Let’s say that the top (widest part of the V) is North, and the bottom (point) is South.
  •  Place the point of the V over the doe’s tail bone, with the V opening up so that the tail is a bit north of the North end of your V.  (Tail above the wide opening).
  •  Now resting the point (South) of the V on that tail bone, use your V fingers to press along either side of the tail bone, feeling for the tail ligaments.  For me, I usually find them while my fingers are in a fairly normal V-shape, so if you find that you are really stretching them out or making any unusual shapes, get back to the normal V.
  •  Normal tail ligaments will feel much like pencils…as kidding approaches, they soften and finally melt away.

It’s just a great way to take away any guess work and really get in touch with how your doe’s body is really progressing towards the big moment.  It has consistently put me on the 24-hr alert!

A good video:

Signs of Labor in Goats – Tail Ligaments by the Goat Mentor
She doesn’t do the V with her fingers but it’s absolutely a great visual, and the demonstration itself is less than 2 minutes.

SG Bryson Branch BH Lucky Dollar 2*M

SG Bryson Branch BH Lucky Dollar 2*M

SG Bryson Branch BH Lucky Dollar 4*M at 8 years
SG Bryson Branch BH Lucky Dollar 2*M at 8 years FS88 (VVEV) @ 08-04

Born March 12, 2008 N001439487
G6S Normal

7-10 266 1084 Fat 4.6% 50 Protein 4.0% 43

FS88 (VVEV) @ 08-04

 

SSS:  SG ++*B Copper-Hill Breakaway’s Blazer
SS: *B Haf-Hidden-Acres Thaddeus
SSD:  1*M Standard-Way’s Saltwater Taffy
S:  *B Haf-Hidden-Acres Bryson’s Hero
SDS:  *B Haf-Hidden-Acres N. Victor
SD:  GCH 2*M Haf-Hidden-Acres Bloomsage
SDD:  1*M Haf-Hidden-Acres Brittanie

DSS:  ++B Little Bic’s Sheena’s Hero
DS:  *B Longman’s HM Macho Man
DSD:  GCH 7*M Longman’s R. Tina’s Mindy
D:  1*M Bryson Branch Grace Rose  LA 91 EEEE
DDS:  Poverty Knob Spark Chief
DD:  Poverty Knob Nettie Rose
DDD:  Poverty-Knob Sally’s Natalie

SG Bryson Branch BH Lucky Dollar 2*M full udder
SG Bryson Branch BH Lucky Dollar 2*M full udder
SG Bryson Branch BH Lucky Dollar 2*M empty udder
SG Bryson Branch BH Lucky Dollar 2*M empty udder

ADGA Genetics

Dolly came to us in 2010 courtesy of Mary McPherson of the Bryson Branch herd in Ohio.  Dolly was absolutely born for the milking stand with impeccable manners and a well-attached udder that is both productive and extremely easy to milk by hand.  She is not a large doe but still excels in body capacity, with strong feet and legs.

After her first year on milk test, ADGA quickly awarded Dolly with the Superior Genetics recognition, along with her milking star.  As an 8-yr old matriarch, she scored an 88, with Very Good in general appearance, dairy strength, and mammary, and an Excellent in body. She has really proven herself to be a strong, productive doe even into her senior years - we are so happy with her longevity.

Dolly serves as a strong foundation doe in our herd, and has done a great job in passing along her strengths.

Testing Status

CAE:  negative 2016 , 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010
CL: negative 2010
TB: negative 2010

Kidding History

2017 - 2 bucklings
2016 - 1 buckling, 1 doeling
2014 - 1 doeling
2013  - 1 buckling
2012 - 1 buckling, 1 doeling
2011 -  2 doelings
2010 - 1 buckling, 1 doeling
2009 - 1 buckling, 1 doeling

Dolly’s full sister Bryson Branch BH Shining Penny 2*M LA 3-03 90E (EEVE)
Dolly’s full sister Bryson Branch BH Shining Penny 2*M LA 3-03 90E (EEVE)
Dolly’s dam Bryson Branch Grace Rose 1*M LA 7-06 91E (EEEE)
Dolly’s dam Bryson Branch Grace Rose 1*M LA 7-06 91E (EEEE)
Grand-dam GCH 2*M Haf-Hidden-Acres Bloomsage
Grand-dam GCH 2*M Haf-Hidden-Acres Bloomsage