Category: Does

J&J Livestock EST Spring

J&J Livestock EST Spring

J&J Livestock EST Spring 2 yrs first freshening J&J Livestock EST Spring 2 yrs first freshening 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's first freshening udder Spring 2 yrs first freshening Spring 2 yrs first freshening Spring first freshening Spring and Herb Herb and Spring

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.  As a first freshener…oh my, she is eager to get on the milking stand and apparently forever concerned that I will forget her, as she communicates with me regularly!

Spring carries milky genetics behind her, and we are looking forward to seeing how this proves out with regular DHI records.  41 days into her first lactation, being milked once a day, she is averaging 6.5% butterfat and 3.6% protein.

Kidding History

2019: 1 doeling, 1 buckling

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: 3* M 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

N1882186

G6S normal by parentage

Angel as a dry yearling beautiful head purebred Nubian doe Angel first freshening udder

How I love this doe, 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!

Now as a 2 yr old first freshener I am pleased with her milk production, and how good she is on the stand and how patiently, but alertly, she awaits her turn!  Her butterfat this season has averaged 5.4% and protein 4.0% and of course we’ll be watching that throughout her lactation.  This year I am milking her just once a day but I see a lot more room in her udder so I need to open up my schedule for more milking next year!

Lizzy and Angel Lizzy and Angel

Kidding History

2019 – 2 bucklings

Jasper Farm OH Gwenda

Jasper Farm OH Gwenda

Jasper Farm OH Gwenda Jasper Farm OH Gwenda

Born 3-15-2017

PN1882191

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 Gwenda's ff udder Gwenda’s ff udder

Gwenda and her polled sister Bayla were my first does out of Oznayim Herb Basil, and I retained both to be able to better assess what Herb may be passing along, knowing that after freshening I would need to sell one of them.  I am very happy with both of their freshenings and it’s been a tough decision to decide who to retain.  I’ve opted to keep polled Bayla, tho Gwenda is currently averaging 5.7% butterfat and 4.3% protein 63 days into her first lactation, with once a day milkings.  She had a smooth kidding with two bucklings.  If I were able to keep her here, I would focus on breeding her to bucks who would add to rump width for more even carrying of the udder, without taking away from milkiness or her long, tall body.

Kidding History

2019 – 2 bucklings

Jasper Farm OH Bayla (polled)

Jasper Farm OH Bayla (polled)

Jasper Farm OH Bayla 2 yrs Jasper Farm OH Bayla 2 yrs

Born 3-15-2017

N1882190

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 Bayla first freshening Jasper Farm OH Bayla first freshening Jasper Farm OH Bayla ff udder

I have to say I felt 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 in 2017, I knew I had to keep her.

But that said – I am very happy with her first freshening, she is delivering strong production on the milking stand with just once-a-day milkings.  Her production is the highest of the 4 first fresheners this year tho her butterfat and protein is a bit lower than theirs.  Over two milk tests so far, Bayla’s milk is averaging 4.9% butterfat and 4.0 % protein at 61 days in milk.  She is a very good girl on the milking stand, no kicking and very patient.  When she first freshened, she would gently rest her back left foot on my arm as I milked, it was so sweet, I kind of miss that now that she doesn’t do that anymore!

Kidding History

2019: 1 doeling, 1 buckling

Oznayim Gail 6 yrs Oznayim Gail 6 yrs Oznayim Gail 6 yrs Oznayim Gail 6 yrs Butterfield Acres Stacy's Gold Butterfield Acres Stacy’s Gold SG 7*M Musk*Rose SS Lucille LA: 06-04 89 EEEV PTI: +99 -7 PTAM +95 INBA Bronze Winner for Protein 2004, 2005, 2006 USDA Elite Doe SG 7*M Musk*Rose SS Lucille LA: 06-04 89 EEEV PTI: +99 -7 PTAM +95 INBA Bronze Winner for Protein 2004, 2005, 2006 USDA Elite Doe
Jasper Farm OM Faithful 3*M

Jasper Farm OM Faithful 3*M

Faith, 2 yrs old 2nd freshening Faith, 2 yrs old 2nd freshening 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

Born 2-11-2016
N1839165
G6S Normal by parentage

78 (A+AA) @ 02-04

Faith, 2 yrs old 2nd freshening

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 love her beautiful udder and her production. Also her behavior on the milking stand is impeccable.  She has just this summer started showing an assertive streak within the herd…which I’m not happy to see with her horns.  I am really glad she gave me a polled doeling this year as if I find that Faith’s horns become a problem for our other goats, I will need to re-home her to a herd with horned goats.

I’m astonished that she did not score higher at her Linear Appraisal session this year but as I’ve noticed many of our scores seem to go up year to year, I’m looking forward to seeing how that progresses with Faith as well.

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

Kidding History

2018 – 1 doeling, 1 buckling
2017 – 2 bucklings
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.

Jasper Farm FG’s La Gazzaladra

Jasper Farm FG’s La Gazzaladra

Maggie at 3 years
Jasper Farm FG’s La Gazzaladra, “Maggie”

SSS:  *B Wynneshire Starbuck’s Breve
SS: Oznayim WSB Baba LA 85 VV+
SSD:  Rosethyme Flash Cinnamon
S:  Jasper Farm Babas Forrest Gump
SDS:  *B Wynneshire Starbuck’s Breve
SD:  SG 1*M Oznayim Breve’s Kaitlyn LA 87 VE+V
SDD:  Royal Blue DT I’m No Joke

SSS:  *B Wynneshire Starbuck’s Breve
SS: Oznayim WSB Baba LA 85 VV+
SSD:  Rosethyme Flash Cinnamon
D:  SG Jasper Farm Baba’s Aylie 3*M
DDS:  *B Haf-Hidden-Acres Bryson’s Hero
DD:  2*M SG Bryson Branch BH Lucky Dollar LA 88 VVEV
DDD:  1*M Bryson Branch Grace Rose  LA 91 EEEE

Born February 22, 2014 PN1670433
G6S Normal by parentage

2-01 223 629 Fat 4.0% 25 Protein 4.0% 25

82 (VVEA) @ 04-04
71 (+A+F) @ 02-05

 

 

 

 

Maggie udder

ADGA Genetics

La Gazzaladra = The Thieving Magpie = Maggie

As Maggie has matured she seems poised to follow in her grand-dam Dolly’s footsteps as herd queen – when you visit the herd, be assured that Maggie will stay right by you to be sure you are behaving!  And she keeps the younger does in line as well…whether they need it or not.  🙂

She has an outstandingly beautiful head with strong breed character in her nose and ears.  I suspect that the white sprinkles around her eyes are really diamond-stars that she stole on her flight down to earth.  She is a powerful doe who we would like to see standing a bit taller but she still has room to grow so we’ll see.

Her mother and daughter are very milky but Maggie herself is not a high producer. She is drop-dead gorgeous tho, and brings strength of bone and breed character in spades. Wide, level rump, good rear leg angle, strong medial suspensory ligament, exceptionally easy keeper; she benefits from breeding to tall bucks who have potential to pass on a rounder udder. We are retaining kids from Maggie as we hope we can improve on her rump width, udder texture, and get some longer legs going in future generations, while retaining her width and depth of body, breed character, and “easy-keeper” constitution.

Testing Status

CAE: negative 20162015

Kidding History

2018 – 2 doelings
2017 – 2 bucklings
2016 – 1 buckling, 1 doeling

Oznayim Lizzy

Oznayim Lizzy

Oznayim Lizzy

Born February 8, 2015 PN1742014
79 (V+VA) @ 03-04
73 (AAA+) @ 01-05

SSS: The Mike-Mar Pippen
SS: Maple View Fawn’s Adonis (polled)
SSD: Bar-Crest Fawn
S: Oznayim Adonis’ Dave (polled)
SDS: *B Wynneshire Starbuck’s Breve
SD: Oznayim WSB Julia
SDD: Apple-Valley Isadora DSS: Apple Valley Kariff
DS: Oznayim Ksshadow of the Valley
DSD: Oznayim WSB Sara
D: Oznayim Lilly Tomlyn
DDS: Apple Valley Horizon
DD: Oznayim Horizon’s Sydney
DDD: Apple-Valley Isadora 4th freshening udder 4th freshening udder Lizzy and Angel Lizzy and Angel Lizzy with 2019 kids Lizzy with 2019 kids Lizzy 4yrs old 4th freshening Lizzy 4yrs old 4th freshening

ADGA Genetics

I feel so lucky to have been able to bring home another beautiful doe from Naomi Counides.  Lizzy has it all – from her smooth topline and rear leg angularity, her broad face with strong breed character in her nose and ears, sturdy legs and pasterns.  Combining her strength and the balance of her proportions, she really embodies ADGA’s term “dairy strength.”

As a baby she was a super-sweetie, as a yearling first freshener, she was full of it, she accessed more stuff above my head in the milking house than any other goat has attempted!  Now all grown-up, Lizzy is an excellent mother and a powerhouse (yet well-behaved one) on the milking stand.  I believe this 2019 season she will actually deliver on that in her DHI reports as well.

Lizzy’s first linear appraisal session certainly brought some disappointing scoring, but then she jumped up in her second session and keeps improving with age.  We look forward to her next LA session, hopefully in the 2019 season.

Testing Status

CAE – negative 2016
TB – negative 2015
Brucellosis – negative 2015

Kidding History

2019: 1 doeling, 1 buckling
2018: 1 buckling (retained – Jasper Farm OM Lorenzo)
2017: 1 doeling (retained – Jasper Farm Buddha’s Angel)
First freshening, 2016: 1 doeling Oznayim Adonis' Dave Oznayim Adonis’ Dave (polled) Oznayim Adonis' Dave Oznayim Adonis’ Dave (polled) Oznayim Lizzy Oznayim Lizzy *B Wynneshire Starbuck’s Breve *B Wynneshire Starbuck’s Breve Dam Oznayim Lilly Tomlyn, pictured in extended lactation, 2nd year of milking Dam Oznayim Lilly Tomlyn, pictured in extended lactation, 2nd year of milking Dam Oznayim Lilly Tomlyn, pictured in extended lactation, 2nd year of milking Dam Oznayim Lilly Tomlyn, pictured in extended lactation, 2nd year of milking Oznayim WSB Julia Oznayim WSB Julia Oznayim WSB Sara Oznayim WSB Sara
Jasper Farm OM Mother Caris (polled)

Jasper Farm OM Mother Caris (polled)

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: Oznayim WSB Baba
DS: Jasper Farm Babas Forrest Gump
DSD: SG Oznayim Breve’s Kaitlyn 1*M
D: Jasper Farm FG’s La Gazzaladra
DDS: Oznayim WSB Baba
DD: SG Jasper Farm Baba’s Aylie 3*M
DDD: SG Bryson Branch BH Lucky Dollar 2*M Jasper Farm OM Mother Caris as a doeling Jasper Farm OM Mother Caris as a doeling

Born March 25, 2016

N1790895 (Polled)

G6S Normal by parentage

79 (V+VA) @ 02-03

Jasper Farm OM Mother Caris Jasper Farm OM Mother Caris

 

ADGA Genetics

Meet our first polled doe, Caris.  I was present for her birth (her dam Maggie’s first) on a beautiful day, and Caris and I have been close ever since.  Caris has grown well with her beautiful head and ears, strong bone, and her rump width widening.  I have been disappointed with her udder attachment and general shape, but she is productive and a very good mother.

Spring of 2019 Caris gifted me with a beautiful doeling from an AI breeding with ++*B Brown Sugar’s Tradewind.

Kidding History

2019 – 1 doeling

2018 – 1 buckling

Oznayim Adonis' Dave Oznayim Adonis’ Dave *B Wynneshire Starbuck’s Breve *B Wynneshire Starbuck’s Breve Oznayim WSB Julia Oznayim WSB Julia Oznayim O.Man Penny 6 yrs Oznayim O.Man Penny 6 yrs