Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What a month!! May has been awesome!

Wow!  We have hit two shows this month and have brought home the awards.  What a blessing and I am so proud of our little gals!  Milk is a flowing and happy girls produce wonderful milk!

We have been attending dual sanctioned ADGA/AGS shows to pick up both legs in one shot. I love the ADGA and AGS and want to have my goats receive awards in both associations.  We are located in the middle of no where.  So to go to shows in GA or LA are close to the same distance.  Go west this year is our plan.  At least we do not have to go through the Atlanta traffic which is the worst in the country!  Hate Atlanta!  Once came through at midnight and took 2 hours to get through due to some folks screwing around with the road and one lane open.  My legs were cramping from the stop and go and when we finally got up to the work area, the guys were doing nothing!  I would have fired them all if they had worked for me... Have not gone through Atlanta since...

Our last show was in Baton Rouge, LA.  Delta Dairy Goat Association.  Excellent show and lots of room at the building.  We ate some fine sea food with a bit of heat.  Highly recommend the show!

Our winnings are as follows:

Ring one:  SGCH NC Promiesedland Rain-Beau needed one more leg for her ARMCH in AGS and she won Grand Champion SR Doe and Best Udder.  Since no Champion Challenge Class we pulled her from the show so others could win.

Oldesouth SD Rain Deesse won Grand Champion JR Doe in ring one.  She was pulled from the show and had her restricted leg.

Both Rain-Beau and her daughter Deesse were finished at this show and could relax.

Ring two:  Oldesouth Blue Amber 2*M, 2*D, 2+DAR won her second leg and Best Udder for her GCH in ADGA and 1st leg in AGS.

Ring Three:  SGCH (pending) NC Promiseland SIA Sunra won her last leg for her AGS, MCH award and Best Udder.  We pulled her from the show at this point.
Ring Four:  Oldesouth Blue Amber 2*M, 2*D, 2+DAR won her last leg of her ADGA championship and her 2nd leg of her AGS championship.

***Then Oldesouth Blue Blanc Sabr won his second ADGA and AGS legs with Grand Champion Sr Buck.  He also went on to win Best Buck in Show!.

What a weekend!  The weather was not to hot, had a full moon to drive home in, could not have been a better weekend.  We arrived safely back at 1 am Monday and had the day to recoup before going back to work.

We won 6 Grands and a BIS out of the 4 shows attended.  What a weekend....

***We have decided to not participate in ADGA Linear Appraisals this year due to them being scheduled in July.  We have participated in 2011 and 2012.  July is hell is Alabama and most of our girls freshen in Jan, Feb, through April.  We do not think a good evaluation in 125 degree heat index and 100% humidity will be an option.  I think the poor Appraiser will fall out with heat stroke, especially if they are not accustomed to the Alabama heat.  We have decided to LA every other year and will do the 2014 LAs.  If the time frame schedule does not suit us, we will conduct a special session as we did in 2012.  If we do a special session, we will open our farm to a few select farms, so stay tuned for 2014.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

May is here already!

Wow, what a year!  We have been to Florida and Tenn.  Our weather has been crazy and we have been wearing winter wools and shorts, all in the same week.

Our show at the Forever Goats Show the beginning of April was great.  We finished Sunra's Championship.  She freshened as a 5 year old with triplets.  Waiting for the perfect udder to come in and BOOM, it was there!  Love this doe, have been milking her for 3 years, waiting for the High and Tight udder to show me what she really has.  Sunra has a beautiful udder, but always needed more of it.  With triplets, it was there and wow!

While in Florida, I got a phone call Rain-Beau had kidded and two weeks later Blue Amber had kidded.  SGCH NC Promisedland Rain-Beau 3*M AR, 2*D AR is a once in a life time doe.  She is the sweetest doe on the planet, behind Sunra, who is the absolute sweetest doe, and she demands special attention.  Rain-Beau had a buck and doe kids, both retained, by my buck *B Farm Oldesouth Cherokee Paint *S, *DS.  Cherokee is a small buck, his dam has an excellent udder and he is long, sired by *B Lost Valley PG Superb *S.  Milk production on both sides, conformation and a bit of decrease in size for the kids.

In Florida, we received many firsts and other placings, the Grand Champion is what is important, followed by the Reserve Grand Champion and Best of Breed.. Etc.  Sunra won one Reserve and Two Grands, finishing her ADGA championship.  She also received two legs for AGS.  Upon closer examination, Sunra is one leg from AGS, her first leg was not dual sanctioned.  Oldesouth Sunshine won a Reserve Championship due to her lovely udder as a second freshener.

Our Buck Farm Oldesouth Blue Blanc Sabr, Sunshine's Brother won Grand Champion and two reserves.  This is his first leg toward his championship as a two year old.

Then we went to Tenn to a show in Lebanon, Music City Classic.  Excellent show, even though it was cold and rained the whole time.  Had to bundle up goats to keep them warm and comfortable.  Oldesouth Blue Amber 2*M, 2*D, 2+DAR won first place as a 3 year old and Farm Oldesouth Sunshine won her 2 year old class.  They did not make the Grand or Reserve, then Rain-Beau entered the ring as the Champion Challenge.  She won Best of Breed in both rings.

We brought the milking machine and milked Rain-Beau out, ready for the Best in Show.  We had to wait while a gal was milking, by hand one of the larger goats.  Rain-Beau strutted her stuff and was given Best in Show in both rings!!!  Wow, what a day.  Both judges told me to take her to nationals.  Nationals are in Minnesota...  Are you crazy!!!  Put in for the time off and we will see what happens.  This story may be short or perhaps will be history in the making....

I had a copy of the 2010 Nationals and actually watched it on video... Yeah...  Rain-Beau was there, over conditioned, but beautiful as a four year old.  She placed 5th out of 20,  a diamond in the rough.  We will see what plan faith has for us and go with the flow....