Well, our first Nigerian Dwarf kidding season has ended; and the girls had one doeling and seven bucklings collectively. Seven is a few more bucklings than I’d ever imagined having in our first season, and the five latest to arrive need homes. They come from very good bloodlines and would make good herd sires or, they can be wethered and would make wonderful pets or 4H projects.
Their parents are all ADGA/AGS registered, and come from herds that have been tested to ensure that they’re disease free. The five bucklings still for sale all have the same sire, he’s Old Mountain Farm Palindrome, and he’s [...]
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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 [...]
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Bramblestone OB Expresso and Bramblestone OB Storm are the first Nigerian Dwarf kids born here on the farm, and we’re really enjoying them. They’re doing great, and I’m not sure there’s anything more adorable and cuddly than bouncing baby goats (and we finally have goat milk!). But, since they’re both bucklings, they’re for sale.
The pedigree for these kids can be viewed by clicking here - their ancestors include many National Champions and Top Ten Milkers from lines Rosasharn, PromisedLand, Caesar’s Villa, Wood Bridge, Sugar Creek, and Twin Creeks. The kids sire, Obama, has a particularly outstanding pedigree (ARMCH/GCH Caesar’s Villa Breezy 2*D [...]
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Springtime was cold and late in Northeast Ohio, so the goats didn’t get their coats trimmed until this week – their first trims as yearlings. After giving them their haircuts, we went to the American Goat Society (AGS) 2011 National Show (as spectators only).
The show was a real learning experience; we saw many beautiful Nigerian Dwarf goats and met some very dedicated breeders. I was happy that although our girls wouldn’t take first place at the Nationals, I don’t believe they’d be last either (although their haircuts need to be much neater).
Anyway, the show encouraged me to start seriously trying to photograph the girls so I’d learn their [...]
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I’ve been trying to decode Bit ‘O’ Honey and Tinker Bell’s pedigrees for several weeks now; it turns out a goat pedigree can be complex. I think I’ve finally succeeded so here’s the link to Bit ‘O’ Honey and Tinker Bell‘s pedigrees. Actually explaining them is hard; but here goes.
In their pedigrees, the sires are listed on the top and the dams on the bottom; and the goats name is in normal case black lettering. The goat’s name is actually composed of the farm that bred the goat, may include the initials of the goat’s sire, and finally the goat’s actual name. So, for Wild Wind Farm R Bit [...]
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