On Monday (4/23), the second of our Nigerian Dwarf does due to freshen (Jewel Box) kidded, and we now have three more bucklings. It was an experience for everyone – Jewel started labor around 7:30 Sunday evening and didn’t kid until around 3:30 in the morning (by then I was concerned). We believe it took so long because the first (and largest) kid was born breech – the next two practically fell out after him. The good news is that everyone is doing well, the bad news is that there are no does.
I’m very pleased with the way Jewel Box carried the kids, made it through a breech birth, and the way her udder is looking for a first freshener. Jewel seemed to easily carry three kids – she didn’t look huge and remained very agile right until she started labor (Randy was sure she was only carrying one). The first kid was not small at 2.8 lbs. – so she’s a tough little goat to be able to deliver him breech. And, her udder looks very balanced with good teat placement and attachment. I’m already looking forward to does from Jewel next year. In the meantime, I’d committed to not keeping any bucks (that may have been a bad move considering these latest arrivals) – at least not for a while, so these three are for sale. I’ll be listing them on the “For Sale“ page on the Bramblestone Farm website with better pictures shortly.
These bucklings have the genetics to be superior herdsires - their sire (Old Mountain Farm Palindrome), is the 2011 AGS National RGCH buck; and he exemplifies dairy conformation and character. Both sire and dam come from excellent bloodlines (Buttin’ Heads, Old Mountain Farm, Sugarcreek, Rosasharn) that have produced numerous national champions both in the show ring and milk pail. The pedigree and more information on Jewel Box can be found here and on Palindrome here. I’m still struggling with not keeping one of these guys ………………. Bit ‘O’ Honey is our last doe due to kid this year, I sure hope she has some does or one may stay!