These are a few of the does I’ve owned who I feel had a big impact on the genetics in my herd. They have been retired, sold, or deceased.
SAWDUST TRAIL SG SANDY MAE
NDGA. 10/21/2007. Retired.
Sandy’s sire is Pride of Texas Speedy Gonzales 2x RsGCH buck, and his sire was MCH/PGCH Woodhaven Farms Pepe Le Pew. Sandy’s dam is Brownie, my first doe, and their line is extremely parasite resistant and hardy. Sandy has a wonderfully soft, easy to milk udder with a nice medial, but I would have liked to see more capacity. However, I am phasing out my NDGA registered herd, so this line is being integrated into my MiniMancha breeding program instead. Sandy will be retired after 2018 kidding. Sandy’s kids are named after hurricanes.
Retained in Herd: Tiramar DD Opal
Lazy Q Bodacious Chocolate Brownie
NDGA registered. Born 2/13/2006. Retired.
Brownie was my first doe, and while she was far from perfect, she taught me so much. The one thing I admire about Brownie and her kids the most is how hardy and naturally parasite resistant they are. I have had trouble with the dreaded barberpole worm with some of my goats, and what I have found is that the ones who are prone to infestation will continue to become infested over and over until it starts to weaken their immune system. Not Brownie. This girl hardly ever needs to be dewormed, has never been sick, never had trouble kidding — she was resilient from the word go.
Structurally she is built like a tank, albeit a slightly more refined tank. That said, she could use more femininity and dairy character. Another thing I love about this girl, though, is that her kids were always better than she was. Unfortunately she liked to give me bucks — a total of 7 bucks and only 3 does in her lifetime — so I only kept one daughter, but Lordy, I love my old “Brown Cow.” The thing I liked least about her was milking her, as she had small orifices. I can’t stand small orifices. Luckily, her daughter improved on that as well.
Retained in Herd: Sawdust Trail SG Sandy Mae (to be retired in 2018 as well).
Caprakoza SG Joy to the World
Pedigree Born 12/27/2010. Deceased.
Joy was a true “joy” to own for the few years I had her. She was one to always be underfoot. She has wonderful conformation and a well attached udder, but her teats were too far to the outside. Unfortunately Joy also had an autoimmune disorder (confirmed through the vet) that attacked her hair follicles and caused her to bald each year in the summer. I think this also impacted other aspects of her immunity as well.
Joy’s dam is Rosasharn SP Jump for Joy 6*D 6*M. Her full littermate sister, CapraKoza SG Silent Night 7*M AR 7*D, earned her stars and was #2 on the 2012 AGS Top Ten 1 Day Milk Test for both butterfat and protein as a first freshener. Then in 2013, Silent Night made the list again as Breed Leader with 6% protein and tied for 2nd with 9.9% butterfat. She milked 3.5# on test day, and was in milk for a total of 504 days. In addition, Joy has 5 does in her four generation pedigree that have made it onto the Top Ten Breed List for milk production.
Retained in Herd: Tiramar DD Summer Noel
Wonderland Clara’s Coraline
Pedigree not available as Coraline was AGS registered. Born 10/29/2010. Deceased.
Coraline was one of my most favorite does. She was the daughter of Goodwood KW Clara Bow and granddaughter of Goodwood RA Kingwood ++*S and MCH Goodwood Calliope. One her sire’s side she was the granddaughter of ARMCH Twin Creeks Baywatch ++*S E, sire to nine Master Champions, including MCH Twin Creeks BW Fantasea 3*D *M E. Coraline had my favorite body type: Long, deep, and wide yet still graceful and dairy. Her rump could have been more level and her blending at the withers smoother, but overall I really loved this doe. Her udder was buttery soft and well attached and capacious; teat size could see improvement. Unfortunately I was never able to milk her as she passed away just a week after kidding due to a horribly aggressive gangrene mastitis that became septic. Her loss was one of the hardest I have experienced.
Retained in Herd: Tiramar BZ Mattie Ross
CHW CJS Heart of the Ocean
Pedigree not available as she was AGS registered. 8/31/2008. Deceased.
Ariel was arguably one of the most structurally correct does I have owned. I have always regretted that I waited so long to breed her (she freshened for the first time as an 8 year old), but frankly when I bought her I was young, dumb, and trying to split my time between college and homesteading. My buck when I first bought her was polled, and I was afraid to breed polled to polled, then later I took a couple of years break finishing up college. I sometimes regret doing college at all, because the farm is where I belong, truly, but hindsight is 20/20. Ariel was full of personality, long, wide, strong, super smooth topline, level rump. Her udder was soft and capacious with great production (the best in the herd at that time — wish I’d been on DHI!), the only real complaints I had about her udder were that I’d have liked it up a bit higher and better teat placement. Teat size and orifice size were very nice. So glad to have a daughter of hers.
Retained in Herd: Tiramar DD Calypso