An Overview of
Our Kids and Kid
If at all possible - we're present for every birth. Once Mom gets to give a quick lick, the kids are removed, given their mother's colostrum, and from then on hand-raised with raw goat's milk - the same wonderful liquid we like to drink ourselves. They're exposed to grain and hay as well. As soon as the kids are tattooed and disbudded (removing horns), they're able to go to their new homes. This is at 7-10 days of age.
Our kids are handled multiple times a day. With bottle feeding - it's easy to
learn individual personalities. We pride ourselves on raising kids with good
temperaments and winning personalities. We want you to be satisfied with your new kid, so it's important for us to match your herd goals and needs with the right baby goat.
Our herd is tested annually for CAE and Johnes disease to maintain a negative herd. We used to test for CL and have never had an abscess - but after studying the issue, we've decided to vaccinate for CL as a preventative measure. On a rotating basis, and as a cross-check, we test for brucellosis, Q fever, etc. because our herd is managed where these are very low-risk diseases. New animals are tested before arriving. We also vaccinate for CD/T.
Our herd is G6S Normal. We tested our entire herd in 2012 and continue to test new additions if needed. It's a relief to know none of our goats carry this genetic defect. (See more about G6S in our Links section.)
All kids are eligible for ADGA registration and papers are available, either when you pick up your kid or they'll be mailed to you, depending on the timing.
TWIN BUCKLINGS - "Chip" & "Drifter"
SIRE: Old*Glory Atlas
Kecskemet F Cherry 2*M
Birth date: March 26, 2016
My strongest milker Cherry started off our kidding season a day early. She delivered these nice, strong, healthy bucklings and immediately began to produce her normal large volume of milk - over 12 pounds (6 quarts!) a day on test. These sons of Atlas resemble their sire in size and strength.
Cherry's udder April 13, 2016
This was taken just before starting her first milk test of the season. She's carrying over three quarts of milk.
Photo courtesy of my tester - Annette Tait.
TRIPLETS! – One Buckling "Traveler" and Two Doelings
SIRE: Old*Glory Atlas
DAM: Harner Miss Rupee 1*M
Birth date: April 2, 2016
Rupee is a young doe
that’s an absolute delight to hand milk – just like her mother and the grandmothers on
both sides. She has nice-sized teats and a "soft as a glove udder." Rupee is an
easy keeper and both sides of her pedigree have does with long, level
Atlas comes from strong milking lines and gives that strong, long stature and fabulous type. He provides boning and lovely, sharp withers.
Sadly, these three kids were large enough and entangled in such a manner that the two black and white doelings didn't survive.
HARNER TEN DOLLAR BILL aka "TEN"
This photo was taken 18 hours after birth. Doesn't he just scream "buck?" From powerful shoulders and strong neck and front end to straight, correct legs - this guy is ready for business - albeit very quietly.
Born to a 10-year-old doe and weighing 10.5 pounds at birth - he's definitely a TEN!
Though he's only two days old now, he acts like a gentleman. I expect him to be like Paco - quiet and gentle to handle, but a smooth talker to the ladies.
TRIPLETS - 2 Bucklings and a Doeling.(It was a difficult birth and only this buckling survived.)
SIRE: Hidden Meadows Crystal Majesty
DAM: Harner Smilin Star & Stripes
Birthdate: April 19, 2016
This is Star's surviving buckling. A brother and sister completed her litter, but sadly, didn't survive.
I'm working on better photos. He has been banded and sold as a wether. He'll be big with long white socks and very striking, but he's not the best I have. This photo was taken at less than 24 hours of age.
Meet Harner Prairie Coinflower aka Flower.
Born twin to the buckling above, Flower may be the finest doeling ever produced here. She's got an extermely wide head and stance, long ears and strong boning. I'll upload more photos later. She's now in South Dakota along with Desti as a start of a new registered herd.