HOMEGROWN Life: Geeking Out on Goats


| 7/22/2013 2:52:00 PM


Tags: breeding goats, FarmAid and Homegrown.org, California,

white goatI wasn’t going to raise goats seriously. I mean, I was going to be serious about their care and keeping them healthy, but I wasn’t planning on being a goat farmer. I wasn’t that interested in joining any goat organization or even registering my goats. For me, it was a minor hobby, I suppose. Of course, that was back when I just had the pygmy goats, which aren’t even close to being breed standard.

Even when Lynda gave us Sedona, I wasn’t yet all that keen on filling out the paperwork to have her kids registered. We were just going to keep the kids and leave it at that.

Something changed, though, when it was time to breed Sedona again and Bailey was old enough to breed. The plan is to breed Sedona and then, if a doeling results from that breeding, it will go back to Lynda. It’s a way for Lynda to get new blood into her herd and, hopefully, to help improve it.

So I started stalking the Castle Rock Farm website, which raises Nigerian Dwarf Goats, looking at photos of udders, pedigrees, linear appraisal scores, and DHIA (Dairy Herd Improvement Association) totals. Before I knew it, I was filling out an application to not only join the American Dairy Goat Association but also to file a herd name. I finally got around to filing the transfer of Sedona and the service memo for her last breeding. Next on the list is to finally register Bailey. If you don’t know about Castle Rock Farm, you really need to go check them out. We even did an interview with them. They have some fantastic dairy lines, and it’s where CRF Sedona came from and also Bailey’s sire, CRF Gobi.

We also want to breed Bella and Daisy. While they are scrub goats, we love their milk and want to improve on their overall dairy production and confirmation. We will keep their daughters and sell the mothers. Why sell them? Because they need to live with other goats that have horns. Since they’re our only goats with horns, they are dangerous to the others and stress them out too much. Bella is constantly chasing everyone, trying to gore them, and I’m tired of trying to keep everyone separate or trying to keep tennis balls duct taped to her horns.

So, we’re looking at breeding goats — four, total — and I started obsessing over which buck I should choose. CRF Castle Rock Guy Noir is an amazing buck out of Cloverdale YJ Blue Raven. His daughters win shows left and right. He regularly wins Best Get of Sire. His daughters are really known to put it in the bucket. Sedona’s half sister, GCH CRF Roxanne, was sired by Guy and has one of the most incredible udders I’ve ever seen. As a third freshener, she was giving nearly 4 pounds of milk a day. Unfortunately, though, Guy isn’t available for outside breeding. CRF Castle Rock Harvest Moon is up on the list of favorites, as well. One of his daughters, Helen of Troy, has the most incredible udder. As a first freshener, this little goat was giving 3.6 pounds of milk per day. And then there’s Harvey, a handsome red and white buck with blue eyes. With his sire being Bailey’s grandsire, however, it may be a bit too close in relation.spotted goat




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