Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Update on the Goats

We are going up this weekend to look at in person:

Bonnie Blue Farm Malachi, 2 years old

Millcreek Farm Kendra, 5 years old, as well as her 4mo old daughter, Abigail

And First Light Nicoles Rachel, a 1 year old

I don't know much as far as pedigrees and bloodlines, Linear Appraisals, Line Breeding, etc. But I'm about to learn. You just can't be blessed with a find like these great goats and then turn them into 'trailer trash' by not following through and keeping them pure. Their history of heavy milk producers is outstanding.

My original plan was just to get more goats for our own milk needs and supplies...soaps, cheeses, drinking milk...just stocking the homestead. But with these ladies, and gent, as well as our own 2 we bought from Linda in April, I will have to start learning the ins and outs of genetics and proper breeding. With 5 ladies on the homestead, milk won't be in short supply for all those projects, that's for sure, but still...there's more to it than that. We will have an excellent potential of having a quality dairy herd starting. I can get by with just Malachi for the breeding for at least 2 seasons, even into 3 really. Surely there will be another great buck in the ranks by then.

Ok. folks, goaters and anyone else with knowledge....I need to start a course in Dairy Goat Pedigree :o) Any ideas where to start?

1 comment:

LizBeth said...

I'm wondering when you get any rest.


Jeremiah 6:16
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.

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