A Moment for the Boys

We spend a lot of time talking about the lady-goats on our farm, so I (Katie – FTF herd manager) would like to take a moment to talk about the boys.

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Thunder, looking majestic

Hailing from Mamm-Key Alpines in Silt, Colorado, Thunder is our senior herdsire.  His mother, Needles, gave over 4400 pounds of milk last year- that’s more than 500 gallons of milk!   That’s about twice our herd average, so we’re hoping that Thunder’s kids will help bump up our numbers.  Not only is he a handsome devil, he’s sweet as pie and very easy to handle.

Lance Bruno and his mini-clone Tonka Shane

Lance Bruno and his mini-clone Tonka Shane

Our junior herdsire traveled even further to arrive at our farm.  Lance Bruno is from Redwood Hill Dairy in Sebastopol, California.  They are a huge producer of yogurt and cheese, none of which seems to make it to the East Coast.  They are also a huge producer of champion dairy goats with high production.  We’re hoping that Lance will bring us some production as well as good body structure in our goats.

Obie catches some rays

Obie catches some rays

Obie came to us as a bit of an experiment.  His mother was an Oberhasli, which is a smaller dairy breed notable for their brown coloration with black stripes.  His father was a top Alpine buck.  We’ll be milking a few of his daughters next spring.

Tonka is the class clown of the buck pen.  He doesn't know he's smaller than the other guys.

Tonka is the class clown of the buck pen. He doesn’t know he’s smaller than the other guys.

After a very difficult kidding season for first-time goat moms in 2011, we decided to see if crossing our full-size Alpines with a Nigerian dwarf goat like Tonka, above,  would decrease kid size.  It worked- Tonka’s offspring weigh about three pounds less on average and none of the moms needed assistance.  The cuteness and personality awards go to his tiny kids.

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