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Annual 4-H and FFA Goat, Lamb, & Host Sale No comments yet

We will be selling some goats this April at the following sale. You can visit many of the consignors by clicking on their farm listed under “Goat Breeders” (scroll down and to the right)
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2nd Annual Virginia Kid Goat Sale No comments yet

We will be selling some goats this May at the following sale. You can visit many of the consignors by clicking on their farm listed under “Goat Breeders” (scroll down and to the right).2ndvagoatsale

Goats for Sale, many Fullblood Boers and a few commercial meat goats No comments yet

Just a quick post to list some animals for sale, I’ve decided to sell part of my herd due to lack of time I have available these days. We’re keeping a dozen or so commercial does and 20 or so fullblood does, the rest, we’re putting up for sale.

For Sale: Approximately 12 registered fullblood Boer does, ages 2 – 5 years, all proven breeders and exposed to fullblood buck. Selling one 97% American Purebred doe and a handful of commercial does. $250.00 for fullbloods, $125.00 for commercial does. Will give discount on purchases of 5 or more. Sampling of the does being sold. The does for sale are all traditional in looks, no colored does for sale (as seen in pictures):
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1st Virginia Club Lamb & Kid Goat Auction 3 comments

We will be selling some goats this May at the following sale. You can visit many of the consignors by clicking on their farm listed under “Goat Breeders” (scroll down and to the right).

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Our Newest Addition 1 comment

At the Winner’s Circle Sale, in Murfreesboro, TN on Nov 8th, we purchased a new doe, Beaver Creek T313. Here she is:
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Her sire is Beaver Creek’s Colt 45 **Ennobled**, she recently won her class at the 2008 Southern Indiana Boer Goat Classic Show.  She is confirmed bred to ANR Wide Load, the 2008 ABGA National Chamption Buck.  Kids are due in December.  She will be arriving at the farm tomorrow.

Buck Collection & Artificial Insemination 3 comments

On Monday, October 6th, we had our first buck collection on the farm.  Geoff & Nancy Masterman of Superior Semen Works arrived around 8:30 AM for what turned into a LONG day.  I believe they were up until 2 AM processing semen.  We started the day with five bucks to be collected, then late in the afternoon we had three more bucks arrive, bringing the total to eight.

While Geoff & Nancy were here, I had been planning on Artificially Inseminating (AI’ing) four of my best Boer does and any of our dairy goats who were in heat.  Two weeks prior to their arrival, I started programming the Boer does with Lutalyse.  The does received a 2 ml shot 14 days before the AI date, then a 2nd shot two days before the AI date.  Also, during this 2nd series of shots, the teaser does (used in the buck collection) were give a shot of Lutalyse to bring them into heat.

While the semen we collected was being processed, we checked the Boer does to see if they were ready to be AI’d.  Unfortunately they were not so we decided to wait until the next morning.   On Tuesday morning, we AI’d two of my Boer does to ANR Wide Load, the 2008 ABGA National Grand Champion Buck.  The other two does were not in heat so we decided against AI’ing them.  We also AI’d two of our Oberhasli dairy goats to Devonshire SK Voyager.  I don’t know a lot about this buck, but the Masterman’s thought he’d be a good match up with our does.  We don’t plan on showing dairy goats, but nonetheless, it doesn’t hurt to inject good genetics into the herd.

Since the buck collection, on my own, I have AI’d one additional Oberhasli doe to Voyager and this last weekend, I AI’d the EGGS doe I purchased at this years Showstopper Sale from the Ryals to RRD Gunsmoke P502 *Ennobled*. We’ll know in the next three weeks whether the AI’ing was successful or not.  If not, we’ll try again as I have extra Voyager and Gunsmoke semen.

I’m still deciding what to do with the two Boer does who weren’t in heat.  I have several choices, use one of my bucks, or use one of any number of really nice bucks in the area, or purchase semen and AI them.   Well, I decide on that another day.

2nd Annual Old Dominion Invitational Sale No comments yet

We will be selling some goats this September at the following sale. You can visit many of the consignors by clicking on their farm listed under “Goat Breeders” (scroll down and to the right).

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PMGPA Grand Champion! No comments yet

It’s been a while since I’ve posted…we’ve been busy around the farm as well as fall sports. Baseball is over, soccer is over, swim team and swim lessons have begun. We’ve done the first cutting of hay and been busy with the goats.

This last weekend we went to Gratz, PA for the Pennsylvania Meat Goat Producers Association’s (PMGPA) ABGA Goat Double-Header & Youth Jackpot Market Goat Show.

This has been our best show so far. Our buck BMACK CHIEF walked away with OVERALL GRAND CHAMPION

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We had other animals win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd’s in their respective classes and Greg & Lauren had fun showing too! Below are pictures of Lauren showing her goat “Purpureus” and Greg showing one of his wethers he’s been raising for the Clarke County Fair this summer.

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We’re going to another show this weekend in West Virginia, the Mountain State Boer Goat Show, hopefully we’ll do as well there.

Broken Horn and Bloody Feet 1 comment

It’s been one of those months…washing machine broken, garage door opener broken, and now a broken horn. Over the last few weekends we’ve been working our way through the entire herd worming and trimming feet. Well, Sunday afternoon, I went to catch a yearling doe who turned out to be quite wild. I caught her with my crook, but then grabbed her head to lead her over to the stanchion. I needed one hand free to open the gate so I grabbed onto one of her horns with my other hand to hold her. While holding her she decided to jump and it happened…I could feel the horn weaken and knew it had broke. It was still attached and there was only a little blood so I thought “good, maybe it isn’t as bad as I thought and it’ll be okay.” I locked her in the stanchion and went about working on her feet. When I had finished working one side and was switching to the other, that’s when I noticed it. She must have been struggling and moving her head up and down and loosened it the rest of the way. The horn was flipped over 180 degrees and hanging by a “thread” down the side of her face. I called a friend who said to cut it the rest of the way off and if it didn’t stop bleeding, I would need to cauterize it. Thankfully, blood flow wasn’t bad and it eventually clotted. She doesn’t seem phased by it at all. I’ve put her in a small pen by herself for a few days to let it heal.

Now onto bloody feet. We were finishing up the last few goats this afternoon and as I went to make a cut this doe kicked the leg I was working on just as I was closing the clippers. It was a deep cut and blood was flowing everywhere. It was squirting out the hole and blood stop powder wasn’t doing a thing. We quickly grabbed a rag and some duct tape and went to work. We poured on a bunch of blood stop powder, then cut and placed the rag over the wound. Next we used duct tape to secure the rag tightly to the foot so there would be constant pressure to help stop the bleeding. We finished up, let her down and she started grazing. A little later you could see that she was favoring the foot, but didn’t appear too serious. I will check on her tomorrow.

Goat Share Program No comments yet

It’s official, we have launched a Goat Share Program.  You can read all about it here (or click on the “Goat Share Program” link on the left menu under PAGES).  If you are interested in owning your own share of a dairy goat so you can enjoy some delicious, nutritious, fresh milk, click on the link above, read about the program, then let us know and we’ll get you a copy of the boarding agreement.

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