Miniature Alpine Dairy Goats
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 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
Well, our kidding season is about over, Montego Bay did it again on her due date Feb 16th, with an adorable doeling that is sired by Memphis. Memphis Belle is already sold. I'm very happy with the Dec kid crop. All the kids are sold or deposits down. ***NEWS*** We are once again adding new bloodlines. We have a new standard Alpine doe, Climbing-Oaks Happy, her barn name will be Lilly though. She is bred to Flying J's Handsome Hank for Feb 21st kids. I bought her from Lynne Fancher at Dream Fire Farm in Cresson, TX. Lynne and I have bought and sold from each other for a few years now and I've always been happy with the girls I've had from her. When she says she knows of a doe that would be good for my program, I listen to her. Photo's will be on the 1st gen Doe's page in a few days, one is on now.
If a breeder of Mini-Alpine's or standard Alpine's has doe's for sale, I'm happy to post them on this site. E-mail me for info, it is free. NO Standard bucks please, only doe's.
***NEWS*** MilkMaidRanch is now making goat milk lotion. The girls I milk will have their faces on the label. For now only the 4oz jars will be available. In a few weeks I'll have the scents and prices up with pictures.
As for the Irish Dexter's, Red Bull did his job when he was 10 months old and bred Mahogany. She is due March 26th with her next calf. He also bred Bess, the Jersey heifer and she is due April 22nd with her first calf. On September 1st he went 2 miles down the road to visit 10 heifers at the dairy. He's now home and another heifer on the dairy has been picked for him to breed when she comes of age, she is 50% Holstein/50% Belgian Blue. Bred to Red Bull, what an interesting cross this calf will make. Hummm, maybe a new breed of milk/beef cow in the works.
Look down below for links for other M-Alpine breeders. At the bottom of this page you'll find Loma Verde in Oklahoma & Cherry Butte in Idaho. Also, the link to the MDGA(Miniature Dairy Goat Registry) & the Mini-Alpine group on Yahoo. If you have questions about joining MDGA, ask me, I'm on the BOD's and the Members Manager.
Sarabi and her last kid 1/2008 at 13 years old.
The Calico's are the only kind of cat I will have. Big Callie was dumped off across the road in the woods with her family. She is the only one that made it. Little Callie was at the Humane Society one day and as I foster for the HS, I could not help but take her home to foster. Like she was ever going to have another home!
Big Callie at 6 weeks
Big Callie and Little Callie
Main Coon and Domestic Short Hair
5 months 4 weeks
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 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.
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.
The doe in the center photo at the top of this page is Sarabi, an Alpine/Nubian doe that was my first goat. She was born to Bea Wells in Lincoln, Calif. I got her as a weanling from Dana Hixon, who taught me how to raise goats. Sarabi was born in Feb, 1995 and on April 9, 2010 she died of old age. She will forever be in my heart and she taught me so many things. I was sitting with her as she took her last breath. I am giving her a place on the site with pictures throughout her life. Whenever I wanted to know what direction to head in to see where the herd was on our 40 acres, all I had to do was call her and she'd answer me which told me what direction to head in. She also was an adoptive mom to many a baby deer and countless kids that needed an extra boost in life. She took each kid and fawn with grace as if they were born to her. She is missed with many tears.
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!
Everyone look this way. NOW that I have your attention. WHO WANTS TO PLAY?
Click to join MiniAlpine_Dairy_Goats