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Monday, July 1, 2013

Home from the shows! What a whirlwind year this has been. 14 doelings and 14 bucklings! Far cry better odds than last year. Of course the nigies in the bunch continue to produce a better average!

At the MDGA sanctioned show in Monroe, Soaring Heart's Farm did very well indeed. Mikey swept the mini Nubian rings and finished his championship including Best in Show in one ring. He adds this to a Virtual picture show champion leg and a reserve champion spot at show in Stanwood 2012.
Chantilly Lace finished her GCH in Monroe and we are very proud of her. Lovely soft easy to milk udder, and this year she finally figured out how to behave on milk stand!
Rose Bonaparte also finished GCH (and a Best in Show) and is a strong first freshener. Nice udder, beautiful doe. Her buckling was my favorite overall of the year.
Hyacinth had two Resrve champion placings in Monroe, but this just wasn't her year. She is the farm #1 favorite goat especially on the milk stand. She has a wonderful texture to udder and empties out in 2!
Gracie also took a reserve placing in Kennewick this year and continues to be a milking powerhouse. She finally gave up a couple doelings and her beautiful daughter Masquerade will be staying her to carry forth this power.
Masquerade took her own dry champion leg in Monroe so she stayed home from Kennewick to give other girls a shot.
Vision took her up on it and earned two dry legs (unfortunate that the show format did not allow us to pull her after the first one)
Bravo took a couple reserve champion legs adding to a collection. After his jr leg in Boise as a baby he just hasn't caught the judges eye to see what we all see in this guy. His kids are gorgeous, his daughter our favorite milker. Maybe next year!
Marvin Gaye is our new Jr Champion and will be taking over for Mikey later next year.
And last but not least Sugar Pie gave us a surprising reserve championship and this wild child strutted her stuff and has decided she likes living with humans after all!

I hope I didn't miss anyone, but you can see that the breeding program here is gaining recognition and respect.

OH I should probalby also share that Lucky DISE's Cinnamon one of Bravo's daughters out of our dear Jelly (who lives next door as the 4H project for Emma) ALSO took a Jr champion leg in Monroe.

Alright now out to take care of all these goats. Please visit the sale page as there are a few special goats who still need to find their new home. And a few new doe offerings as well.
7:36 pm pdt 

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Winter Wonderland!
The snow has been falling steadily for the past few days. What that means on the farm is more indoor time for all of the farm animals EXCEPT the Dogs! They love the snow.
 Goats aren't fond of, but do fine in the snow as long as they have a place to escape wind and wet, but they do still need good ventilation.At this time of year I actually let stall bedding build up a bit as the manure and urine help create some heat. However, amonia fumes can cause respiratory problems. Several things I have learned over the years include placing bedding pellets in the base of the stall and regularly top dress with wasted hay (they do this for me!), and straw. I also keep the doors to the stall open since most of the areas are draft free and this helps with air circulation. Also, If I can smell it, they are breathing it...this is my clue that it is time to add bedding, or clean it out.
The second thing to be concerned about is fresh water that is not frozen. This is true for all of the farm animals. Over the years I have carried many buckets of warm water and broken ice on stock tanks. Last year, I purchased a heated water bucket and stock tank de-icer. Of course with goats extra care to keep them from access to chew the cords is important...but I want to tell you how nice it is to only carry two small buckets for one distant goat shelter and the poultry.
For pregnant does, excersize is really important. Whenever the weather lets up a bit I am outside encouraging movement and play, sometimes even walking a doe around the house. Enter content here




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