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                    Miniature Alpine Dairy Goats                 
              Miniature Dairy Cattle
                              Stephenville, TX
                                                                                                                                        Fawna 7-28-15

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.”

Updated 11/30/15
Now, the animals

Elise has freshened for her second time with another doeling, Lil' Jess. Photo of them on the "Kidding Schedule" page. Legacy had a doeling and Boots a buck and doeling, Nova has twin doelings as did Silly, we are at 1 buckling and 7 doelings, hehehehehe

Bess has gone to the dairy but will be back in December. It's odd not milking anyone but that will change, it always does. We do have some new NEWS as well. The mini Jersey bull calf is here & his mom came with him. Daisy is bred to Red Bull & due Aug 10th of 2016. There are also 2 new members to the cow family. Minnow and Willow were born too early but with some TLC, have made it so far. Their pics are on the Mini Cattle page. They are full Holsteins and Minnow is a rare dwarf from both parents being standards.

Contact info: milkmaid@embarqmail.com

Our breeding season for the goats started on 6/21/15 and lasted 5 days. I decided to see if putting the girls with their prospective bucks would make them cycle sooner than the end of July & they did. This will brings kids the last week of November and I like that better than December ones. There will be 5 doe's in Nov. and 2 due in Feb......... We have also changed the cattle part of our operation so look below for what's new. 

As for the Irish Dexter's, Red Bull has bred Mahogany for a Feb 22, 2016 calf. He also bred Bess, the Jersey, and she had a heifer on 5/9/15 named Elsa who will be retained for breeding. Bess is bred back to him as well and due March 15, 2016.  There is a new Red, Polled, Dexter heifer with Elsa, 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 cause we have some nice dairy crosses and one is from a Dutch Belted cow. We also bought some Dexter semen and it is being used on the dairy cows for calves next summer. The bull used is RED, Polled and all his calves will be Polled. 

    Sarabi and her last kid 1/2008 at 13 years old.

The herd as of 11/14/15: left to right, Addy, her daughter, Rose, Lily, Memphis Belle(front), Aruba's Legacy(big white band), Chevy Nova behind Legacy(also Nova is Legacy's daughter), Montego Bay(Memphis Bell's mom), Elise with her hind end facing us, Silly, how is the mother to Elise and Boots with her hind facing us as well. Great Pyrenees are from left to right: Snow sleeping, Polar Bear scratching, & Kubby. The White Tailed deer is Fawna who nursed Boots last year. 
   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!
                                                         Everyone look this way. NOW that I have your attention. WHO WANTS TO PLAY?

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