| 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
Our kidding season for 2019 is done with some very nice kids to show for it. The cows are calving and this has already been an exciting calving season. The yearlings will be AI'd to a Jersey bull with sexed semen for heifer calves in 2020.
It is with much sadness that we lost our beloved Bess during calving on Feb. 6, 2018. Both she and the heifer calf didn't make it. We are very grateful to have 1 of her daughters (Elsa) & grand daughter (Bonnie) to carry on her bloodline. She is sadly missed.
***There is a new bull in the tank for AI'ing. He's a mini Hereford, named "Willy" who is Polled.
We have decided to add some Kunekune pigs to the farm for pork in the freezer. Our first is Yoda, a 7 week old barrow(neutered male). The two gilts(girls) will be here this weekend. Carmel and Pokadot with join him with an other young boar. I will update pictures when they get here. The Kunekune breed of pig is from New Zealand and in the 1990's were almost extinct. Some pig breeders from the USA and Great Britain imported some from New Zealand in the late 1990's and they have been taken off the endangered list now. Much smaller than the standard pig breeds, they will grow from 250-300lbs. By 10-11 months old they can be butchered. Make great pets also. Ours will be for producing food for us.
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 16 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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