Today continues the blog posts featuring the Nigerian Dwarf goats at Bramblestone Farm, and it’s all about Bramblestone Pal Pearl Tea today (her page is here). She’s the 2nd doe born here at the farm that we’ve retained, and so far she’s getting very good reviews all around.
Her dam is 3*M Old Mountain Farm Hot Tea 3*D (her page is here), who has very good dairy conformation (she recently scored an 86 in linear appraisal), and is a 3rd generation AR star milker. Her sire is Old Mountain Farm Palindrome (his page is here), who also has very good dairy conformation, and who was the AGS National Reserve Grand Champion in 2011. There are also many other outstanding Nigerian Dwarves in her pedigree (you can see it here), so she’s certainly got the genetic potential to be a very nice doe.
We took her to our first show (hers too), the Northeast Ohio Dairy Goat Association show this spring, and she was Grand Champion Junior (GCH) doe in all three rings. That was fun and exciting for everyone. We also just completed linear appraisal, and she was Very Good in all categories and received an overall rating of Very Good. Everyone likes her femininity, dairy character, longer body length, and extremely correct legs.
It’s impossible to get the whole picture on the quality of a doe until they’ve freshened a couple of times so you can see what the mammary system looks like. However, Pearl Tea certainly seems to have it all together now, and if she inherits a great mammary system too (there are lots of them in her pedigree), I think she’s going to be one really nice doe.
That’s the frustrating and exciting thing about breeding these little goats, you have to wait for them to grow up! She’s certainly cemented her dams place as a senior brood doe on the farm for now – if Hot Tea is going to produce gorgeous doelings like Pearl, she’s staying.