Sunday, May 23, 2010

If we don't have what you are looking for....

I'd love to be able to sell every one who calls or emails the exact goat they want. Unfortunately, I don't always have what you are looking for. These are the farms/herd names you will see on our registration papers; you may want to check them out. It's interesting to look them up. It's surprising where some of the genetics come from! Whenever possible, I put a link to their websites. If I don't have the website, I can give you contact info if you email me at swgoats@yahoo.com (except for the list at the bottom - I don't personally know those folks).

Nigerian Dwarfs -
Duck Haven Farm, located in NE Texas
Sweetheart Miniatures, located in Texas
Dean's Funny Farm, located in NE Texas
Texas T9C, located in Texas
Piddlin Acres, located in Texas
TX Twin Creeks Farm, located in Texas
Flat Rock Farm, located in Texas

Mini-Nubians -
Eddys Goat Place of North East Texas
Ordered Steps, located in NE Texas
Hickory Leaf, located in Montana

Nubians and Nigerian Dwarfs-
Checkerboard Creek Farm (CBC Farms), located in Oklahoma

Nubians -
Rio Leche Farm, located in Deep South Texas

Here are more AGS herd names I haven't tracked down yet:
Creek Road - to the best of my knowledge this herd name is no longer in use
Dalkini Acres
Chisholm Trail
Owl's Roost
Green Gate
JVJ

Monday, May 17, 2010

More Praise for the Henry Milker

I posted awhile back about the Henry Milker that I bought to train my miniature goats to stand for milking. http://redfencefarm.com/

At the time I really liked the design, but I did find it rather hard work to pump it up. Well, the short of it is I had a defective pump! When it finally broke on me, and I reported it to Mr. Henry, he was good enough to send me another, and this pump is a dream!! It really does work just as he says - a few pumps and the milk flows and you sit there and watch the jar fill! I find it empties the udder very efficiently. I do give it a few bumps at the end and strip it out by hand into the teat cup. I'm very impressed with this product and give it a big thumbs up. Customer service is impeccable too.

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On a more personal note, I'm down to milking 2 goats once a day. I hate knowing I'm loosing some of their milk supply, but I just couldn't keep it up! I don't know where the spring has gone! I'm seriously contemplating how I am going to do breeding and kidding next year. I need to streamline things a little better.

Cranberry has a beautiful little udder for a first freshener. I actually gush each time I milk her, because even hand milking her is easy peasy. I hope her full sister born this year turns out to be just a good. It gives me a real sense of satisfaction to see that I have improved my goats through my planned breeding - that Cranberry is better than her mother. I hope some day I'll have all the doe kids that people want and not too many buck kids. (Still got bucks for sale - make me an offer people!!) :-)

We got several baby chicks brooding right now. I'll have to get pictures of them up soon.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Circle of Life

Sad news, one of the little doelings I held in my hands as she took her first breath a month ago took her last breath in my hands yesterday morning. Little black and white Princess Jasmine died of heart failure - I suspect due to white muscle disease, a condition caused by selenium and/or vit E deficiency. Snow White, her sister, is our little floppy invalid is still improving. We gave her a round of Selenium and vitamin E injections (BoSe), and she's much stronger. She still has a ways to go though before she'll be able to get out of her box and be a goat. I believe both these goats suffered from Selenium and Copper deficiency. I increased the mineral consumption of the entire herd by topdressing with Manna Pro goat minerals, and leaving out large amounts of feed store goat minerals. The animals have been packing away the minerals. The doelings' mother Princess Di is looking much better - her normal color is returning. I am considering whether or not I will breed her this fall. I may hold off and breed her for a summer kidding. In fact, I may hold all the NDs off to kid in summer. This was not a great year for me and the NDs...