| 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 2018 breeding season for the goats and cattle has begun. Some new bucks and bulls are being used for next years kids and calves. I'll update as we know who is pregnant.
***The Cows: Breeding season is just about over and in this heat I do believe there will be repeat breedings. As of now there are 3 Panda calves(2 bulls/1 heifer), 5 mini Hereford heifers, a solid black heifer, 3 solid red heifers, a red belted bull, a black belted bull and a black baldie bull. There will be a few calves through the year born at the dairy.
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 2 of her daughters that are full sisters(Elsa & Bella). Last year Elsa gave us Bonnie & now Queen in March 2018, so Bess' bloodline is not gone. 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. SS Mr. Kirk has 3 heifers on the ground and they are wonderful. There are also 2 Belgian Blue cows that were AI'd to Kung Fu Panda, a rather interesting cross, and both calved with Panda marked calves, a heifer(Katie, on the left) and a bull(Bubba, on the right). Bubba has the Belgian Blue muscles and Katie is rather stocky herself.
We are starting to test for A2A2 Beta Casein. The first one tested was 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.
The little boy below is Hot Rod at a day old. He is now our herd sire. Updated photo below.
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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