Wednesday, December 16, 2015

2015 has been a Great Year!

We are so Thankful for the wonderful year 2015 we have had.  Our small herd of Nigerian Dwarf Goats improves each year.  Our milking does and new milking yearlings improve a bit in production each year as well.  Our DHIR records, LA scores and Show Wins tells us we are moving in the right direction.

 Looking back we finished Championships on  two does, SGCH Farm Oldesouth SR Cuppuccino 3*M, 3*D and SGCH Farm Oldesouth Diva Diamond 4*M, 5*D.  We also finished our first home grown buck, CH Farm Oldesouth Blue Blanc Sabr.  We also put two Grand Champion Legs of three on two other does and two other bucks.  Our SG Farm Oldesouth Sunshine 2*M, 2*D and  Oldesouth Galloway 2*M, *D are each one Championship leg away from their Championship titles.  Our show season was very busy and rewarding.

SGCH Farm Oldesouth SR Cuppuccino 3*M, 3*D
SGCH Farm Oldesouth Diva Diamond 4*M, 5*D

CH Farm Oldesouth Blue Blanc Sabr

We did Linear Appraisals again this year and were very pleased with the scores we received.  Our Grand Dam, Oldesouth Blue Alexa , 1*M,*D scored 92 EEEE .  Alexa is the dam of SGCH Oldesouth Blue Amber 2*M, 2*D and grand dam of our SGCH Farm Oldesouth SR Cappuccino 3*m, 3*D.  Our Oldesouth Galloway 2*M,*D scored 91 EEEE.  We were very pleased with two more does receiving scores of 90 VEEE.  Our lovely SGCH Farm Oldesouth SR Cuppuccino 3*M,3*D and SG Farm Oldesouth Sunshine 2*M, 2*D.  

Our girls have been milking along with their beauty shows.  We still have a test or two to go in order to get our final 305 numbers.  As of our November testing,  SGCH Farm Oldesouth Diva Diamond 4*M,5*D had cranked out 1460 pounds of Milk, 103 pounds of Butter Fat (7%) and  58 pounds of Protein (4%).  I hope she will break the 1500 pound mark.  Diva is ahead of her dam SGCH Rosasharn GX UDiamond 3*M, 4*D who is at the 1200 pound mark and has one or two more tests to go.  SGCH Farm Oldesouth SR Cuppuccino 3*M,3*D gave us 1320 pounds at 300 days, with only 5 days left in her lactation.  She has 112 pounds of butter fat (8.4%) and 56 pounds of protein (4%).  SG Farm Oldesouth Sunshine 2*M, 2*D at 231 days is milking strong with 1030 pounds of milk.  Sunshine kidded quintuplets and we will milk her to her full 305.  One more stand out this year is our SGCH Oldesouth Blue Amber 2*M, 2*D who had a C-section and I was going to dry off to help her recover.  She wanted to milk and into the parlor she ran and jumped up onto the stand, stitches and all.  Amber made it to 1000 lbs of milk.  She is bred back to kid to Oldesouth SunRay (Repeat of the breeding which produced Cuppuccino) early February and will be dried off shortly.  

We have a few nice yearlings we are still milking and have just dried off Farm Oldesouth Be Bop Sassy who has qualified for her milk stars and AR in both ADGA and AGS.  Her final numbers will arrive this month. Farm Oldesouth Gold Sapphire has made her AR numbers and milking as far as she can go.  Sapphire missed the LA session we had due to GI upset and missed out on the SG (Superior Genetic) evaluations.  I still beat myself up for loosing Sapphire's identical twin sister Topaz, who was killed in an accident July 21 and would have given her mother, half sister and identical twin a run for their money in milk production.

We had 3 does receive their SG (Superior Genetics) awards calculated in late November, two as yearlings and one two year old.  The yearlings are SG Farm Oldesouth VR Aurora and SG Farm Oldesouth Snow Queen, both kidding late and still milking toward their milk stars.  Our lovely SG Farm Oldesouth M Sun Bright 4*M, 5*D has milked 950 pounds of milk as a two year old second freshener with a month or so to hit her 305.  Last year as a First Freshener I was lazy and did not put her on DHIR until she was 120 days in milk which really hurt her in the over all numbers for that lactation.  I let her dam raise two kids before I was able to fit her into the milk string.  This year she was put on test right away and I bottled her two daughters and her milk potential is strong.  Sun Bright also finished the year with a Reserve Champion Doe win at the Alabama National Fair the end of October. 

SG Farm Oldesouth M Sun Bright 4*M,5*D

Our buck Farm Oldesouth SD Crimson Tide *S was doing very well this year, winning two Grand Champion Legs towards his Championship.  His daughters Topaz, Sapphine and Inspirations were milking well.  His daughter out of Diva Diamond was a keeper for next year's baby yearling milkers (Farm Oldesouth CT Elvira).  Unfortunately we lost Crimson Tide to a sudden illness and grateful we have several lovely daughters and frozen semen.
Farm Oldesouth SD Crimson Tide *S

Loosing Crimson Tide was heart breaking.  But we must move on and we pulled *B Farm Oldesouth ZV Marquise *S out of the buck field to clean up. He is the litter brother to SGCH Farm Oldesouth Diva Diamond 4*M,5*D.  Marquise cleaned up surprisingly well and went on to win two Grand Champion legs toward his championship and LAed 90 VEE!

*B Farm Oldesouth ZV Marquise *S

We also brought home my horse Joe who had been sold a couple of years ago.  The young lady who owned him was attending college for Veterinary Medicine and could not find the time for him.  My son and I went to pick him up and brought him back to the farm.  Joe needed an attitude adjustment or two but is back to being the big dog he is.

We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!