|Bred to: DOUG|
|Due: 13 March 2014|
|PIERRE DES CHAMPS DINA|
|1/2 SANNEN 1/2 LAMANCHA|
Dina is my daughter's goat. She is the last daughter of Verena, a goat that came from my friend Dawn's band. Dina is a very active and into everything girl. Her personality has earned her the adoration of my husband who now proclaims her his favorite goat on the farm. She is a large, solid built doe and is the largest doe we have ever had here on the farm. Being half Sannen, I expect she will be one of the heaviest milkers we have ever had. As a 2 year old first time freshener, she was making 18 lbs (2 gallons) of milk last year for the first 5 months, and was still producing 9 lbs of milk as late as October. I am still amazed! It almost frightens me to contemplate how much milk she will make this year.
|Bred to: DOUG|
|Due: 7 march 2014|
|THE PIERREDESCHAMPS SERNDIPITY|
|GRADE LAMANCHA DOE (KILL PEN RESCUE)|
|ADGA # GL1475171|
|DOB: 12/01/2006 (ESTIMATE BY YEARLING TEETH)|
Serendipity continues to live up to her name with the best dairy temperament and a wonderfully long lactation. She is about as sweet a doe as I have ever met, allows anyone to milk her, is an excellent mother, and has never given us problems. She is 8 years old this year (2014) and I anticipate retiring her in the near future. She is so healthy, strong, and vibrant that I am planning to breed her for a final time this year. As a general rule, I retire them after 8 years of age, but she was bred every other year and this seems to have made a great difference in her physical health as she ages.
|EXPERIMENTAL DOE 75% LAMANCHA 25% SANNEN|
Alianora can be a handful, but she always manages to be forgiven as she is the comic relief here on the farm. She is one of the very first milking does I had (I had 3 milking does the first year-Pocahontas, Gracie Allen, and Alianora), and one of the goats I learned to milk with. If she isn't tossing her food around while she eats, she is wearing a bucket on her head, or "doing her nails" on the milk stand. I go from furious because she just dragged me to the Bucks when she was supposed to be getting on the milk stand, to doubled over laughing in an instant when she does airs above ground on her way back to where she belongs. She is three quarters LaMancha and one quarter Sannen so she is registered as experimental. She is wonderfully tall with a lovely solid build and she is a fabulous mother who takes caring for three babies all in stride. She has even helped out taking care of other kids and abandoned kids! She is non-aggressive with the other does but doesn't stand for being picked on either. It is almost as if she has stepped aside and refuses to partake in the whole "pecking order" business. She was milked for 2 years and was giving me 6-7 lbs a day until January 1st when I stopped milking her. Alianora was one of my best milkers-she is now retired.
Ariella has come home! Areilla is the doe that my daughter learned to milk on the first year she milked. She is as sweet as Serendipity and has taught many a child to milk. The first year I had milking does, I started out buying one Nubian milking doe (Pocahontas), two Nubian doelings (Morwen & Cimmorene), and a yearling LaMancha doe (Ariella). I had not intended to buy the yearling, but she followed me around when I was there to see the other goats, making eyes at me the entire time. After deciding on the kids we were going to buy I said "Oh very well, I'll take her too!" I am so glad that I did!!! She was my first LaMancha doe. A couple of months later, I bought Gracie Allen (Nubian) and Alianora (LaMancha) who were both in milk. Thus I had 3 milking does, one yearling, and 2 kids my first year. Pocahontas and Gracie have passed on, but Alianora is still with me and now Ariella too. Three years ago I sold Ariella and I never recovered from doing so. Had we not been in dire need of funding to fix our septic system, I would not have sold her. But I did, and when Deb told me she was selling her goats and no longer going to have dairy animals my first question was "Do you still have Ariella?" She has come home to a well earned retirement-I am so glad that she gets to spend her final years with me.