| Miniature Alpine Dairy Goats
Miniature Beef & Dairy Cattle
God is to come first in all we do so He has His place here.
Being I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses, I have put a couple of my favorite Scriptures on as we are to take care of His animals.
Proverbs 27:27 And there is a sufficiency of goats’ milk for your food, for the food of your household, and the means of life for your girls.
Revelation 21:4 And He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
Now, the animals
Kidding season started with a bang. 9 doelings and 4 bucks. All the first week of January. Silhouette had twin doe's again on March 22, 2017.
***In cow news: Rain had her first calf, an adorable heifer that was named Ava. Bess had a bull calf named Norman and Elsa had a heifer named Bonnie, Annie has a flashy heifer named Candy & Delta had a belted heifer as well named Dawn. Rita is next in first part of May with Hot Rod's calf and then in June, Noir and Mahogany will have his calves.
***There is a new bull in the tank for AI'ing. He's a mini Hereford. We are starting to test for A2A2 Beta Casein. The first one tested is Bess and she is A2A2. As each cow & bull is tested it will be posted by their name. All goats are A2A2. This means the milk is in the easiest form to digest naturally from the cow, comes out homogenized. We will be striving for an entire herd of A2 cattle.
***8 new heifer calves last year and one is out of a Dutch Belted. There are 3 new bull calves that are being kept as bulls. One is Winchester, a son of Red Bull and a Jersey/Holstein cow. He's brindle and polled. The other is a Lineback bull that is a standard. His daughters will be used in the breeding program and a Belgian Blue bull as well. They are on the Mini Cattle page. Some very interesting calves will be in the works.
We've decided to buy some Panda semen and AI a few heifers. It will be an exciting time watching calves be born from those that are AI'ed.
***PLEASE at this time, my belted cattle are not for sale. There will be some bull calves for sale in the fall of 2017. The little boy below is Hot Rod at a day old. He is now our herd sire.
Sarabi(middle) and her last kid 1/2008 at 13 years old.
Here in Stephenville, TX we are joining other breeders across the country to develop the Miniature Alpine dairy goat. This is done by breeding a standard size Alpine doe (Purebred or American) to a Nigerian Dwarf buck. Our herd has been being developed for over 14 years now & we've seen many changes. In my opinion, the 1st and 2nd generations are the best.
For us it happened with a few "OOPS" in the herd. I had bought some Nigerian Dwarf doe's and a buck in 2002 and they were in a pasture by themselves. When weaning time came for the Alpine kids I didn't have a small pasture to put them in as the Niger's were in it. I figured they'd get along and put the kids in with them. NEVER did I think the Alpine doelings would cycle along with the Nigerian doe's. This was when our "OOPS" happened. I noticed 2 of the Alpine doelings were developing udders when they were 7 months old. I just thought they were getting good feed. But 2 weeks later I changed my thinking. Both doelings had twins & that was the beginning of our Mini-Alpine herd. Goes to show that some of the things we don't plan are the best.
I do like natural photo's of animals, out doing what they do, not when they are in my garden though. So some pictures of them are out in the pasture. My herd is CAE, CL, & Johnnies free. I can't say this enough, I DO NOT SELL MILK, OR MILK PRODUCTS!
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