Farm Blissfully Retired (or MIA)
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her page; click on the thumbnail photo to see a larger version
12/29/99 -- 10/12/14
I was very happy to
be able to purchase Stella in the fall of 2005--thanks to Kim Steele
Ballew and to Sunni Florence of Flat
Rock Farms for making it possible! In 2006, while feeding her
single buckling, she was giving me almost 5 pounds per day at one
point--and then this doe just did not want to stop milking. At 4
months fresh with once per day milking she gave a steady 2 pounds
per day. I don't know what she would have done if I had not skipped
milking her for 2 weeks before that, thinking she would dry off.
In 2007, on her first official test day, Stella milked 7.7 pounds.
My tester said that if she was not there to see it, she would not
have believed it. Her
rear and lateral attachments seem better than ever, perhaps because
of improved mineral supplementation here--I spend a lot of time
contemplating those attachments as I chase Stella around the paddock
in our daily pre-milking aerobic ceremony. For more pictures and information, click here to go to her page.
record: 4 x GCH, 4 x RGCh, 4 x Best Udder
am a tremendous admirer of Polly's late sire, Lucky. Due to injuries
sustained early in her life, she is not really a show doe, but
has proven to be a terrific producer of nice kids. Polly has an
extremely soft, pliable udder, with some of the best teats in
the herd. She
nursed a single kid during her first lactation at her previous
home, leaving her udder seriously lopsided. With nothing to lose,
we experimented with evening it out, with pretty good success,
and we've learned some interesting things about the differential
effects of dam-raising versus hand-milking on an udder.
click here to go to her page.
3/26/01 -- 1/2/16
by Lisa O'Connor) Calli, who thought of herself as a person, came
from a long line of strong characters. I loved her for her grace
and presence. Her 2003 daughter, Dragonfly
M Kestrel, won her junior leg at just under 6 months, her 2005
daughter Thalia won junior
legs at both AGS and ADGA shows as a yearling, and her 2006 daughter Atalanta won her junior leg
at less than 3 months of age. As a second
freshener, Calli milked 4.9 pounds with 5.2% butterfat at 39 days
fresh on one day milk test, earning her *D, fourth place in the
breed for total pounds of milk, and fifth place for total score
Her udder just kept improving, and her barn records peaked at nearly
6 pounds per day on her third lactation (2005). We just can't figure
out where she put it all. She sustained a lactation well; she won two of her three legs at nearly 6 months fresh. Always the last
to be dried off for the year, she was so nice to milk that I didn't
mind the frosty mornings that would otherwise have discouraged me. For
more pictures and information, click here to go to her page.
record: 3 x GCH, 2 x BOB, 2 x Best Udder, 3 x RGChJr, many x 1st
place (I lost count), 3 x 1st place Dam and Daughter (2 x with Kestrel
and 1 x with Atalanta)
to Margiana Petersen-Rockney for helping me get these pictures!
This lovely doe is a perfect example of the value of a great brood
doe. Although she has faults that keep her from being a top show
doe, she produces kids that are so consistently better than herself
that she is beyond price. On top of that, she is sweet, affectionate,
and calm, the perfect goat personality. I just love her and I
am so glad to have been able to buy her back--she will never leave
here again. For more pictures and information, click here to go to her page.
record: 1 x 1st
4/10/03 -- 9/1/14
Kestrel was the unfortunate and untimely victim of caretaker error, or an example of too much love being fatal, I suppose. She WOULD insist on squeezing into the buck pen when the hay in the doe pen ran out, even though there was pasture aplenty. Less woirk, I suppose. At any rate, it is sometimes hard when leaving the farm to tell the person left in charge not only all the things TO do, but also all the things NOT to do ("Do NOT move the clips on this gate or Kestrel will worm her way into the pen!") I wasn't there to save her this time. When I found her she was crippled from all the running and male attention--for those who propose to run healthy virile bucks with their does, here is a reason not to do so.
When she was a yearling,
one judge informed me she was taking her home in her suitcase, and
a long time breeder whom I greatly respect said to me "It's not
very often that a doe takes my breath away, but that doe did it."
She is also the only goat we've had who figured out how to climb
onto the roof of the run-in shed to sunbathe. Kestrel's value lies
in her ability to produce kids with her stunning general appearance
that are more beautiful in the mammary department than herself.
Her daughter by Funny Cide, First
Flight, earned her GCH Jr leg as a yearling and promptly freshened
with a very nice udder--she was unbeaten in her class in 8 straight
shows as a yearling first freshener. We lost Flight to an untimely
death, but we are happy to have had her sister Declare returned home, where she produced Best Junior Doe in Show winner, Peregrine. Kestrel's daughter
by Halifax, Vesta, was also a
Best Junior Doe in Show winner, and both Vesta and Peregrine have
freshened with very nice udders. For more pictures and information,
click here to go to Kestrel's
I have always
particularly liked this doe's dam, Treasure , (here's
another udder shot) who was RGCH on 5 occasions, and twice
GCH. Sadly Treasure was lost to cancer recently. Andi is an absolute
love, and a beauty as well. With that mark on her muzzle, she looks
like she belongs in a "Got milk?" ad. That's appropriate,
as she is a pleasure to milk with terrific teats.Thanks again, Kellye! For more pictures and information,
including udder shots,
click here to go to her page.
by Declan) This doe was very quiet and unassuming,
until it came time to make her way to the milk stand--then watch
out; shewais unstoppable. Obviously a dairy goat in her soul!
For more photos and information, including udder shots, click here to go to her page. Beautiful Shaise had a very luxurious retirement with my friend Andrew, and died peacefully at the ripe old age of 13.
For her cheerful
and sunny personality, this doe is one of my favorites. She is so
much fun to interact with and to milk that she ended up not getting
bred for the show season in 2007, because her heats are very subtle
unless she is penned near the bucks. The winter days just kept going
by and I didn't want to stop milking her and move her to where she
would show that she was in season--before I knew it, it was spring and she had stopped cycling. Fortunately Rio caught her on
one of his clean-up visits this summer, and she kidded with beautiful
buck doe twins in December. Lately she has been subject to the curse of single bucks, which I have high hopes she will avoid at last this time around. For more
photos and information, including udder shots, click here to go to her page.
record: 2 x 1st
2007 VEVV 88--2008
VVEV 89--2011 VEEV 89
I hope whoever took Skylark is totally ashamed...and
I hope she is safe somewhere waiting to be found...
Typical electric personality
from the Meg line.This doe in my favorite bright chamoisee is easily
the loudest forlorn maiden during her heat cycle that I have ever
heard...and like her mother before her, nothing can stop her from
making her way to the buck pen, either. Well, she knows where it
is, and never wanders anywhere else, so we let her have her way,
but it can be hard to wait until November to get her bred!
At 6 her udder is still high and widely attached, and she
is milking better than ever this year. For more photos and
information, including udder shots, click here
to go to her page.
Show record: 8 x 1st,
3 x GCH Sr. doe (2 ADGA legs--Ed Cavanaugh and Partricia Ricotta,
SMDGA Spring shows, May, 2010), 2 x RGCH Sr. doe (received a leg
2006 ANDDA All-American
Milking doe 2 years to under 3 (tied with Party)
(This terrific picture
by Kieran Dean.) When
asked recently which living goat I would take home if I could have
absolutely anyone, I chose Pacifica's dam, Nonpareil. It is obvious
that this line is incredibly prepotent for the look and quality
that Nonpareil represents--I think that Pacifica is very nearly
the spitting image of her dam, although she is not quite as capacious.
And now I am so happy to have Pacifica's lookalike daughter, Sweetwater,
back--3 generations of gorgeous girls indeed. For more photos
and information, including udder shots, click here
to go to her page.
Show record: 2 x 1st,
1 x RGCH
2006 ANDDA All-American
Milking doe 2 years to under 3
This very striking
doe, almost the image of her dam plus some white overlay. This is
an absolutely incredible pedigree: the best of Gay-Mor crossed with
2 of Twin Creeks' finest sons. Sweetwater was returned to us this
year in time to be bred to freshen for the first time as a 3 year
old. It was worth the wait; this is one of the best first udders
we have ever had. For
more photos and information, including udder photos, click here to go to her page.
Show Record : 1 x
(Photos by Lorene Toth) This is one that hit the ground and said
"Tah-dah!" as Kellye Bussey has been known to say. She was one of those kids that looks nice all the time
running around the pasture, and one of the first into your lap
if you should happen to sit down out there. The day she finally
caught the judges' eyes as a junior doe, they couldn't take them
off her. Not a bad pedigree, either. Declan's pick for 2006. A
good case study of Hunk's ability to improve an udder. For more
photos and information, click here to go to her page.
record: 5 x 1st, 1 x GCH Jr, 3 x BOB Jr.
by Declan Dean) A daughter of one
of our best young does, sired by our most beautiful buck. Morrigan
was originally sold but the sale fell through, and I get the feeling
it was meant to be. She is wild and crazy, but still a beautiful
sight, with some very spiffy moonspots to boot. Named for a Celtic
goddess of fresh water who is often associated with ravens and crows.
Well, with this pedigree I sure hate to say it, but if Morrigan doesn't settle this year, she is headed for a pet home....here's hoping...nope.