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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
***As of 7/24/16, we have decided to buy a Polled Nigerian Dwarf buck from Flat Rock Farm in Azle, Texas. He's only 10 weeks old and a buckskin, Polled, and has good milking bloodlines. Some of the Mini-Alpine girls are too tall so their offspring needs to come down in height. My original M-Alp's were sired by a buck from Flat Rock Farm so I decided to go back to Sunni for another buck. He'll be home on Wednesday afternoon. Pics will be up by the weekend. Not named yet.
***Bess was palpated and she is bred to Dash for a Feb. 2017 calf. The other heifers are also bred to him. Delta has been AI bred to a Panda bull and Rita will be also.
***Only 3 heifers so far and 17 bulls with 2 cows to go. As of the 8th of June, there is a new standard Jersey heifer in the barnyard. Annie is a very dark chocolate. Dash will be the sire to her first calf next year. Look for her on the Mini Cattle page.
We've decided to buy some Panda semen and AI a few of the girls this summer. It will be an exciting time watching calves be born from those that are AI'ed. This will give us belted calves sooner. Hot Rod won't start breeding till next spring.
***PLEASE at this time, my belted cattle are not for sale. There will be some in 2017 though.
After many years of wanting an English Shepherd to help me around the farm, our new puppy came home 3/31/16. Sax is a Sable and will be trained to do many chores around the farm as well as help me with my balance. He's an amazing puppy and a joy to train although, he's a natural at most everything.
Red Bull has been sold & left us for his new herd. We wish him all the best with many new calves to his credit. As for his calves at Milk Maid Ranch, a Dexter bull calf was born on 3/3 and on 3/6 his first daughter of the year was born on the dairy. I've decided to name them in alphabetical order so her name is Abby & polled. Heifer #2 out of Bess and is also polled, Bella. Heifer #3 is from the dairy, horned, Carly. Photo's on the Miniature Cattle page.
Photo above taken 3/14/16
Sarabi 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 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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