Monthly Archives: March 2016

A Different Kind Of Breeding Schedule

So it is very apparent that everyone wants to breed does each year to acquire that wonderful fresh goats milk each spring. This is the way that most people want to breed because this is what everyone does. I am going to experiment this next few years with a different kind of breeding program idea, breeding every other year and milking through. My plan is to milk a couple through the winter without breeding them and to dry them us as we are weaning there babies at 5 months old. So they would milk until about July of the next year. This will give them about 7 to 8 months off every other year from milking, with 2 to 3 months of that being free of milking AND pregnancy. This is all going to be very dependent of how the doe is milking when breeding season arrives and if I think she will stay in milk through winter. If she is drying up by October then I will breed ber. I have noticed this season to be the determining factor, if they can milk through breeding season fine they will probably milk through all winter fine as well. This kind of breeding schedule is supposed to increase their length of life and quality of health. I will keep this post updated over the next few years to let you know if it works here or not and how the does perform for better or for worse.

Update: I have done this a few years now and love it. Not all my does will do it, but some will. They do not make as much during the winter but we have at least a little fresh milk daily and I am very pleased to have it.

Reference Goats

Apache was an awesome Oberhasli buck.  He was tall, long, and wide and deep.  I sold him when I switched to Alpines.  He is the sire of Clover and Marigold.  He had a son with Ginger named Hickory.  Hickory was used to breed Hazel and is the sire of Willow and Cherry.

Apache

Apache

Apache with son Hickory.   Hickory was Ginger’s son and he is half french alpine half Oberhasli.

apache with hickory

Apache and Hickory

This is Daisy, she is Jasmine’s dam.  We no longer have Daisy but really did like her a lot.  Daisy had good attachments and shined like a diamond.  Very easy to milk with a very elastic soft…

Source: Reference Goats

Proven Alpine Bloodlines

Quality Alpine Bloodlines: Be aware these are certainly not the only nice herds to choise from, these are the ones with easy to find wwbsites. Keep in mind I have only researched most of these farms and not been there personally, so I do not know if all of their stock is of equal value, but they at least have some stock that looks very ideal, having traits that I would like to see in my herd. Some of these herds are no longer active.

Amy’s Pride

Angel –Prairie

Artesian Valley

Bearly

Black Wing

Bluff-Top

Brankton

Buffalo Trace

Cat Walk

Chateau Briant’s

Cherein

Cherry Glen

Cherry Hill

Citheria

Cob Cottage

Colquitt’s

Dixie Does

Fox-Trot

Golden Rule

Harmody

Heavenly Hooves

Hill N Holler

Hoach’s

Hoanbu

Hollow Point

Hull’s

Hurricane-PM

Iron Rod

Jordan Valley

Kara Kahl

Kickapoo Valley

La Paysanne

Land O’ I AM

Mamm-Key

Maple Wind

Maple-Glen

Missdee’s

Montage

Moore’s Pond Farm

Mountain Star

Muchin-Hill

Muscadine-Hills

Nixon’s

Noble-Springs

Nodaway

Nut-N-Honey

Olentangy

P J Bailey’s

Parge-A-Rosa

Patteran

Pleasant Grove

Rainbow Colors

Redwood Hills

Regal Katahn

Roeburn

Sand Dance

Serendipity

Shahena’ko

Shining Moon

Sodium Oaks

Soldier Mountian

Spinning Spider

Split Creek

Strawberry-Fields

Sun Rising

Sunshine

Sutton

Sycamore Acres

Tempo Aquila

Terra Dell

Tideland

Tonka Trails

Udder Way

Van Vyk Acres

Walnut Fork

Windrush Farms

Xtraordindairy

Goat milk compared to Cows Milk

So, if you have visited my farm you know how much we all LOVE the goats milk.  It is sweeter, easy on your stomach, and much easier to extract for the milker (me), yeah.  I am not going to type out all of the benefits but instead add links that say it much better than me that have scientific facts to help you understand as well.  I have read a lot about it and believe that goat milk is better for easier digestion.  When I was young I remember milk would make my stomach very upset so I did not drink it for a very long period of my life.  Of course, it was not fresh, that stuff they sell with the red lid on it at the store I have come to realize is not really milk, at least not the kind I would willingly drink on purpose.  I started milking the goats for my children to have milk and strong bones, but I quickly realized that this new milk did not hurt my stomach and was really kind of sweet and yummy and made me want more, I was impressed.  I have a good friend that I was milking her Jersey cow and wanted to do a side by side blind taste test.  We were having a meeting and three women all did the test.  Even my friend whom drinks her cows milk daily guessed the wrong one.  So if you will notice goats milk simply taste like milk.  I always want guest to taste the goats milk so that they too see that it is good and no reason to shy from this awesome product.   People have a funny hesitant fetish about trying it sometimes, I don’t understand.  I especially don’t understand if we have just visited the goats and you see how clean they are and there is no large poop stain of their side or big pile of manure between their hoof claws, goats are soooo!!! clean compared to cows.  Now, I am sure if they saw the confinement dairies that the cows milk from the store comes from they may just change their mind, I hope anyway.  I have a cow that I started milking when the goats milk was done for the winter and it took a little adjustment to get used to as I do not like the taste as much, and I can not drink as much without feeling too full.  But it is still not a painful experience, like the milk from the carton is.  I wanted the cow for butter and that is the big purpose of me  milking cows, I love know where my butter comes from.  I do understand that people do not like the goat milk or products from the store, they are just as different as night and day to the fresh milk and milk products from a home dairy.  Also if you leave your buck with your does your milk will likely taste like BUCK, you do not want this.  Put old stinky out back and not with your does if you want your milk for good drinking.

Ok, now onto some links:

Goat milk benefits

milk differences

goat, sheep, and cow milk comparison that is just funny

milk comparison

Of course their is much more information out there, but experiencing it for yourself is so much better.  I did meet a goat meat breeder and brought a sample of our milk for him to sample and he said he was highly allergic to milk.  But he was curious if he could handle goats milk as one of his relatives had previously told him to try it before.  So he took the jar and turned away from us before he tried it, he said it would make him projectile vomit immediately.  So I stepped back and wandered if it would affect him in such a way.  About 30 seconds or less later he turned back to us ecstatic and thrilled and was so happy that he could indeed tolerate this milk, and said he was going to have his wife make ice cream with it.  He loved ice cream and had not been able to eat it for a long time.  I was pleased, to say the least.