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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
What a wonderful breeding season for the Mini-Alpine's. Kids will be born the last week of December. Heza Hunk has bred a couple of the girls and it's his first breeding season with not one repeat. Deuce has had his last breeding season here & is heading to OK to Linda Sennott at Loma Verde for his new herd.
***We have added 3 French standard Alpine doelings to the herd. It was time to add new bloodlines to the kids so I called Lynne Fancher(Dreamfire) in Cresson, TX. Sure enough, she had the boodlines I was wanting. So, Junebug and Java were added to the herd. Some pictures are on the 1st generation doe page. Then I found a French, Cou Blanc doeling and Jingle is now with us as well. By the looks of it, 2 more French girls may be joining the herd in a few months.
***In cow news: Rain had her first calf, an adorable heifer that was named Ava(sold). Bess had a bull calf named Norman(retaining for breeding) and Elsa had a heifer named Bonnie(retaining), Annie has a flashy heifer named Candy & Delta had a belted heifer as well named Dawn(retaining). Noir had an adorable heifer that is Hot Rod's first calf. She has a nice wide belt and a big white spot on her head. She is named Emma. Rita had a black baldy bull calf named Hugo but he'll be banded and raised for beef. Ever faithful Mahogany had another bull calf but this time it's a Mico Mini named Mickey. There are also some Holsteins that are bred to Hot Rod produced some very interesting calves. There's a curly haired bull calf that is a black baldy, Flora is a very nice heifer that is nursing Annie, a small bull calf called Spot, another bull calf that matches Flora & 2 years ago there was a heifer at the dairy that gave birth a month early. We didn't think she was going to make it but she pulled through and we still can't believe she gave us twin heifer calves, Ivy & Heidi. There will be more calves in late fall and during the winter.
***There is a new bull in the tank for AI'ing. He's a mini Hereford. SS Mr. Kirk & so far there are 7 heifers bred to him. There are also 2 Belgian Blue cows that were AI'd to Kung Fu Panda, a rather interesting cross. We are starting to test for A2A2 Beta Casein. The first one tested is 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.
***PLEASE at this time, my belted cattle are not for sale. The little boy below is Hot Rod at a day old. He is now our herd sire. Updated photo below.
He's now 2 years old and his second breeding season is finished. The next calves from him are all due in March of 2018.
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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