You’ve found the page for our dairy goats! Here we want to introduce you the the members of our caprine herd! (Caprine sounds like capricious, very fitting I think!)
Capricious (adj) – (1) characterized by or subject to whim, (2) impulsive and unpredictable
Synonyms include: whimsical, wayward, fickle, erratic, fanciful, flighty.
If that doesn’t describe the personality of a goat, I don’t know what does!
Our dairy goats are mostly of Nubian stock, but also with Alpine and Oberhasli mixed in. Each of these breeds have wonderful characteristics that we appreciate, and I feel the Alpine and Oberhasli mixes are hardier than purebred Nubians.
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First we invite you to meet the girls – Amelia (Ear-hart), Melody, and Miss Sassafras (Sassy)
This is Sassy, soon after making her debut on the homestead. She’s about a week old here, and just about the prettiest little girl I’ve ever seen! (You don’t think I could be prejudiced, do you?) Soon after she was born, I was stroking the velvety-soft fur and falling in love with this lovely little girl. She was raised completely by her mother (Amelia) and not bottle-fed at all, but she is just as tame as the others, if not more so. Lots of attention while growing up has made her a rather spoiled little girl.
She is 3/4 Nubian, and 1/8 each Alpine and Oberhalsi. Her father was our purebred Nubian buck (Frodo), and her mother (Amelia) was sired by a Nubian out of an Alpine/Oberhasli doe.
Sassy is a very strong, healthy individual. She grew phenomenally well, surprising people who came to visit (I was often asked, “Is that the same little goat I saw last month?”). She outpaced Melody by the time she was 4 months old (and Melody is a year older, though undersized). Raised during a severe drought, she was at least fortunate never to have to deal with worms as a kid.
Her personality is just as strong as her body. She’s a sweetheart, but she has a mind of her own as well! She has every chance of becoming herd queen someday (and maybe someday soon, as she may just displace her mother), but she’s a lot less pushy (in the mean way of many goats) than strong-willed goats often are.
She was bred accidentally (that darn buck!) at too young an age, but she had grown so well, she really wasn’t undersized to breed. As of this writing, I am sitting up (it’s almost 2am) because soon I’m going to check her again … she’s due to kid any day, and I’m always worried about my “babies”.
I’m hoping within a day or so I can be posting pics of her with a strong, healthy kid, and all will go well with the delivery!
(Updated March 1, 2012)
Meet the boys – Mr. Frodo and Ricochet (the goat formerly known as Bar-B-Q!)
Babies coming soon, I hope!!!
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