THE GOAT HERD

 

 

 

MY GOAT STORY

Fall of 2018 brought the newest addition to Pine Ranch.  12 mini-Nubian goats found their way to the Ranch in search of a new beginning.  Why you ask?  Grab a cup of coffee and your favorite chair…have I got a story for you!

Back in 1997 I lived in Fort Collins, Colorado on a five-acre piece of property with a tiny barn.  Back in those days, that area didn’t have covenants for the types of animals that could or could not reside on your property because the property was located outside city limits. I had a horse on the property who was feeling lonely.  some wise person told me that goats make tremendous companions for lonely horses, so I purchased two goats from the local sale barn.  This decision made perfect sense to me.  Smaller animal means less feed and the horse has some friends.  Mind you that I was a true to fashion city girl of a ripe age of 27.  I really knew nothing about farm animals or their endearing habits.  I however did not feel the need to research goats; a mistake that proved expensive and stressful.  I brought my two new family members home and promptly deposited them both in the three-strand barbed wire pasture with the horse.
All three pasture mates froze and started at each other with a mix of bewilderment and curiosity.  I hung around long enough to witness the horse sniff noses with each of the goats and with a huge grunt of distrainment, turn around and flounce away leaving the goats to immediately begin eating grass.  The next morning found everyone happily eating breakfast hay in the barn so without a second thought, I went to work.

The end of the day took its sweet time getting around.  I only wanted to go home and be with my new captives.  I was greeted eagerly by the horse when I got home but the goats were nowhere to be seen.  Investigation of the barn and property failed to reveal the new goats.  Giving up, I went to the house to change clothes to begin the search for my goats.  Taped to my front door with bright red duct tape was a hand penned letter from my neighbor directly behind me.  The letter was brief and not exactly friendly. Your goats have been visiting my place all day while I was at work.  They have completely eaten seven of my newly planted trees that I had hauled in from the western slope.  Damage has been done to several other trees, but I think those will survive.  What would you like to do about the $1750 I will need to replace my trees?

I went to the neighbors to retrieve my two goats.  I hurriedly loaded them into my trailer and returned them after hours, back to the sale barn from whence they came.  I hated goats ever since.  Until…

21 years later

I have decided to get one goat for training my border collie.  I put out the word to the locals that I am looking for a goat for such purposes.  I purchase a little black and white Nigerian dwarf goat and put it in an old, 30 x40 chain link dog kennel.  She stays put to my amazement.  Fast forward a few months and a student admires my goat, tells me all about the breed and invites me to her grandmother’s house to see their goats.  I accept the invite and make an appointment.  /Afterall, who can resist seeing animals??

I show up at the Grandmother’s house and am met in the barn by quite possibly, the cutest animals I have ever seen.  baby Nubian goats that are only a week old and bottle fed are extremely excited to see humans. Long ears, beautiful roman noses, the tiniest little noises and bleating I have ever heard.  I was in love!!

That day led to hours of research.  The hours of research led me directly to Mini-Nubian goats.  I was attracted to the smaller animal needing less feed but producing similar amounts of milk.  within two weeks of meeting my neighbor’s Nubians, I became the proud owner of 12 additional goats.  Almost all were registered mini-Nubians.

Since then, I have searched the country, looking for Nubian genetics to add to mini-Nubian genetics to “invent” my own line of mini-Nubian dairy goats.  I think that our mini-Nubians should look like a Nubian, milk like a Nubian and be hardy and parasite resistant.

What you see on this page witness as time passes will represent my effort in bettering the mini-Nubian breed.  I hope to be able to leave my tiny, little mark on this outstanding breed of goats.

Find out more about mini-Nubian goats here.

Admittedly, I have not been very diligent about taking photos of my girls.  With our concentration on showing and milking this year, I will take photos and update this page as I am able.  Please be patient with me.  This part of my goat adventure (the website part) is a work in progress.

 

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Jade’s Leia

Generation 2 Reg. #XN09707  DOB:5-4-2019

Sire: Soaring Hearts Mal Maison            Dam: Nomad Zsa Zsa

Leia was one of our first kids born here at Pine Ranch.  She and her siblings were born on May the fourth so it only made sense for her to be named with a Star Wars name.

Leia is an incredible milking machine with easily a gallon a day milk production.  She is a fantastic mother and is so easy to milk.  Her udder is butter soft and milks down nicely.  Leia is leash broke and one of our hiking goats.  Her manners are impeccable and she is a clint favorite to learn to milk on.

Leia is my first successful home
AI.  She is bred to kid 4-25-2022 She is bred to the wonderful, 1997 Nubian buck H-Homestead Friendly Persuasion Reg. #N1076101 for a first generation mini-nubian litter of my own design and making.  Her 2022 kids will be the beginning of my own line of min-Nubians.  1 doe reservation available and one buck reservation available.

Inspiration Flute

Generation 7 Registration #MN12469 DOB:8/15/2020

Sire: SASH’s Gunpowder and Lead (3rd pic)                      Dam:GTO Ranch Emily (2nd pic)

Flute is one of my first creations here at the Ranch in my journey toward my own line of minis.  I’m excited to see how she does this year as a first freshener in my herd.  She was hand bred to my very dairy, Nubian buck Sweet-B’s Memphis. ADGA Reg. #N2128810 on 12/8/2021 and is due to kid 5/2/2022 for a litter of F1 Inspiration kids.  I am hoping that by breeding her to Memphis, he will lengthen ears, neck and overall length.  He has tremendous udders behind him and I hope he passes the milkyness on to his kids. I am hoping that Flute will bring her beautiful moonspots to the table for this breeding.  One buckling will be available for reservation.

Flute will be for sale after kidding.

Abundairy Basil

ADGA Reg.# AN2215279 DOB:3/17/2021

Sire: Sweet-B’s Memphis                       Dam: Mega Milkers DT Golden Victory

I have been so very excited about Miss Basil since she was born.  She is a daughter of the Great Vici who was my very best milker.  Vici was the area Showmanship Champion for years and she will be terribly missed.  Basil is left to carry on her legacy.

Basil has been exposed to the amazing, double registered mini-Nubian buck, Blackberry’s RBI Hocus Pocus who currently hold two Grand Championships toward being a finished Grand Champion.  MDGA Reg.#AMN09212 and TMGR Reg.# BN000302011359AM   I am looking forward to the result of this pairing for F1 mini-Nubian kids.  I have high hopes for future show kids with their grandmother’s tremendous milk ability.  Hocus Pocus brings fantastic udders and lots of milk to the table to add to Basil’s extreme dairy structure. 1 buckling reservation available.

Basil is expected to kid 5/27/2022 if she settled.

 

 

Mega-Milkers DT Moonika

ADGA Reg.# AN2017772   DOB;4/3/2019  G6S NEGATIVE by testing

Sire: Mega-Milkers Moonover Downtown  Dam: GCH Mega-Milkers Moonpie                Moonika’s pedigree

Moonie came to me as a bottle baby.  She has been a favorite for petting zoo situations, goat hiking and goat snuggles.  She developed well as a first freshener last year so I am even more excited for this year.  I did a repeat breeding to Sweet B’s Memphis because her first doeling exceeded my expectations developmentally.  Moonie’s first doeling went to the Philippines fall of 2021 to help build a dairy program there. Moonie is due 5/11/2022 and there is one buckling reservation and one doeling reservation available.

 

 

Mega-Milkers DT Effie

ADGA Reg.#N002022319 DOB: 4/25/2019

Sire:  Mega-Milkers Moonover Downtown  Dam: Whimsical Kids Lady Cinna

Effie’s pedigree

photo credit to Mega-Milkers

Effie is a beautiful doe who earned her milk star as a first freshener in 2021 under the care of Karen Butler at Mega-Milkers.  Effie won her class at the Wyoming State Fair with Primrose right behind her. Effie has been paired with Crowncreek ICS Centurion Victor ADGA Reg.# PN2194193 for 5/9/2022 kids.  I am very excited about the balance of strength and dairy that this cross will provide.

Mega-Milkers DT Primrose

ADGA Reg.#N002022320 DOB: 4/25/2019

Sire:  Mega-Milkers Moonover Downtown  Dam: Whimsical Kids Lady Cinna

Prim’s pedigree

photo credit to Mega-Milkers

Prim is such an elegant doe and yes, is twin siter to Effie.  We paired Prim with Sweet B’s Memphis Reg.# N2128810 for 5/25/2022 kids.  I am curious to see how this cross produces for me.

Fayelynn’s Simone

Generation 1 MDGA Reg. #XN12025    TMGR Reg. #DN000302013341          DOB: 2/16/2020   G6S normal

Sire: SizeMatters’ Ajax                                    Dam: Riverstone Moonbeam

Simone is a new addition to my herd this year.  I purchased her because she was already bred to Hocus Pocus.  During her first lactation, she produced 1/2 a gallon a day.  She took 2nd and 3rd in her show classes in June 2021.  She was paired with the amazing, double registered mini-Nubian buck, Blackberry’s RBI Hocus Pocus who currently hold two Grand Championships toward being a finished Grand Champion.  MDGA Reg.#AMN09212 and TMGR Reg.# BN000302011359AM for 2/27/2022 kids. Hocus Pocus is G6S normal.  Photo credit for Hocus Pocus goes to sizemattersmicroranch.com

There will be one doeling reservation and one buckling reservation available from this pairing.

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Inspiration Paisley

Generation 4 MDGA Reg. #AMN10998          DOB: 2/17/2020

Sire: Soaring Hearts’ Mal Maison *B                                   Dam: Carpenter Ranch Emma

Paisley is one of the most colorful goats I have ever seen.  She has moonspots in excess.  She is an excellent mother and produces over 1/2 a gallon of milk a day whil feeding her kids.  Paisley is bred to the amazing, double registered mini-Nubian buck, Blackberry’s RBI Hocus Pocus who currently hold two Grand Championships toward being a finished Grand Champion.  MDGA Reg.#AMN09212 and TMGR Reg.# BN000302011359AM for 4/28/2022 kids. Hocus Pocus is G6S normal. Photo credit for Hocus Pocus goes to sizemattersmicroranch.com

There will be one doeling reservation and one buckling reservation available from this pairing.

Paisley will be available for sale in milk after freshening.