2018 Tested Negative - Johnes, CL, Brucellosis & CAE (A Closed Herd)
This adorable little blue-eyed buckling was the first of 2 buckling's born to our doe, Rosie and our beautiful polled buck Bramblestone SL Gold Dust, AKA Dusty . This little fella's mommy, Rosie, did a fantastic job as a first freshener. This little guy has a very friendly, outgoing nature and is full of energy - Possibly polled.
This is little Gus's brother, Buckley. Buckley is chamois patterned with frosted ears and muzzle, a white-tipped tail and a moon-spot. Buckley's a flashy little fella just like his older brother!
Rosie has been a wonderful mommy so far - she is very attentive to both of her kids. The sire is Bramblestone SL Gold Dust (Dusty) our polled buck from Sire Old Mountain Farm's Springloaded & Dam Bramblestone Amethyst 3M* - We have great expectations with these sweet little fellas!
Clayton is a buckskin with moon spots, white poll, frosted ears and facial stripes.
Clayton is a sweet little fella.
Our Sire, Bramblestone Spiced Tea's strong champion lines and strong milking genetics bring high expectations for our herd.
Spice Tea's genetics include Bramblestone's Celtic Quinn CH B*, Old Mountain Farm's Quentin Quinn B * CH, Buttin' Heads Calligraphy *D 3M and Bramblestone's Sun Tea 4D* line into our herd.
With the sire's genes being responsible for 85% of the
genetic lines, we are excited to see how our herd develops with such strong genetics for milk and confirmation.
In this photo, Clayton is just 17 days old - Quite a handsome fella!
Born May 12th, 2019 - Triplets - All Bucklings
Dundee is a solid brown with black facial stripes, moon spots, with a faint black line down his back.
Emmett is white with gold and black spotting, black facial stripes, white poll and frosted ears.
Mitten Acres CQ Faithorn (Faith) is a sweet little doeling with face stripes, white poll, and moon spots, her herd mate Mitten Acres CQ Grant is a handsome, flashy looking little buckskin buckling just like his daddy. Grant has a white poll and moon spots. Mitten Acres CQ Holly is a beautiful little light buckskin doeling with face stripes. moon spot & white poll. We have high expectations for these little kids!
Again we chose Bramblestone CQ Spiced Tea*B, our herd sire to pair with Kahlua - with a strong genetic line between both parents with the Old Mountain Farm (OMF) "Quinn" genetics which include Bramblestone Celtic Quinn, OMF Quentin Quinn, Kid Dreamin Harlow Quinn, OMF Magillian, OMF Taryn Quinn mixed with the strong milking genetics of OMF Hot Tea 3*M, Bramblestone Sun Tea 4*M and even Buttin' Heads Calligraphy 3*M, the combination will improve our herd and result in healthy, sound, strong dairy goats that meet and exceed the ND breed standards.
Mitten Acres CQ Grant
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Keeping the herd healthy requires managing their vaccinations. We give annual CD & T every year about 4 weeks from the kidding date of the does. In doing so, this helps to "super charge" the does colostrum for the kids.
BOSE is a selenium and vitamin e injectable that is a prescription medication. BOSE is given to the does just prior to kidding and helps not only to "super charge" the colostrum, it also helps provide kids with a boost.
Once we have given the does their annual boosters, we trim their hooves while we have them on the stand.
We check their FAMACHA score just because they are on the stand. We do not worm any of the does prior to kidding.
About 120 days before the does are to start kidding is when we begin preparing for the upcoming kidding season.
We begin with a though cleaning of the barn from top to bottom. We disinfect and sanitize the floors, walls, and all of the equipment.
We start checking the supplies and supplements to ensure all is in stock, fresh products (check expiration dates) and everything is well stocked. Completing an inventory well in advance helps spread the costs over a few months as well.
We make sure everything has fresh batteries, works when it is plugged in or will work when needed. We check stock on everything from disinfectant to towels - everything is checked well in advance. You can download our list here for kidding to see what we stock.
Both Dusty and Tea have been readying themselves for their big "dates" with their selected does for the kidding season.
The pungent aroma of bucks in rut while intriguing to the does, is quite stinky to people.
The does cycle about every 21 days. Our does make it easy to tell if they are in heat as they all bellow and call at the fence to the bucks.
This years breeding, we chose the pairing by reading a lot about genetics, their body conformation & studying the pedigrees of our goats.
We breed in mid to late December to avoid kidding during extreme weather.
As the does came into heat, we chose to put the buck and doe into a neutral pen for supervised breeding. We hoped to limit any injury to either the buck or doe and to have a better gauge on their due dates.
We will be scheduling the veterinarian to ultrasound each doe in about 60 days. At that time, we should be able to know how many kids we can expect this year.
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