Miniature Alpine Dairy Goats
Miniature Dairy Cattle
God is to come first in all we do so He is here.
Being I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses, I have put a couple of my favorite Scriptures here 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 breeding season started on 6/21/15 with Island Girl being bred to Memphis. I've decided to see if putting the girls with their prospective bucks will make them cycle sooner than the end of July & they are. This will bring November kids and I like that better than December ones. There is a change in the cattle part of our operation so look below for that.
As for the Irish Dexter's, Red Bull did his job when he was 10 months old and bred Mahogany and she had a black, horned bull calf, SOLD. He also bred Bess, the Jersey and she had a refined heifer on 5/9/15 named Elsa who will be retained for breeding. As of 6/3/15, there is a new Red, Polled, weanling heifer from Donna Jenkins in Goliad, TX. Rainbow is home and she and Elsa are great together. On September 1, 2014 Red Bull went 2 miles down the road to visit 10 heifers at the dairy. I get any heifer calves and there is one so far. They will be the start of our mini dairy cattle program for homesteaders. Please go to the Mini Cattle page to see what's going on.
NEWS FLASH*** Delta has been born at the dairy. She is half Dexter/Holstein. Photo's on the Mini Cattle page.
***** And we now have Rita***** Go to the Mini Cattle page to see her beautiful self. She is Dexter/Dutch Belted. She's our Double Stuff Oreo heifer.
Sarabi and her last kid 1/2008 at 13 years old.
The Herd as of 10/30/14. From left to right: Boots, Solid Gold, behind SG is his daughter Tequila, Addy(Sarabi's last daughter) is reaching to scratch, Montego Bay, Silly, Elise-walking the beam, Image, (right top)-Island Girl, Monterey-rubbing neck on beam & Aruba's Legacy-scratching her back. The red bull in the back is Red Bull, the Irish Dexter. The Great Pyrenees to the far left above Boots is Roo.
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 11 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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