I've been thinking a lot about how to ensure that my kids are easy to sell for good prices. My main reason for selling them at good prices is that they are more likely to go to good homes if someone is looking for quality stock. My goats are raised primarily for milk so I breed for good milk production first and show lines second. There is a saying in the goat world, "your buck is 1/2 the herd". So recently I started looking at farms not too far away (Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina as well as my state of North Carolina). I wanted to find a buck or buckling I could breed UP my herd with --one that would have great champion parents and grandparents and from excellent milking lines. My two bucks now are good, but not superior in that regard.
So yesterday I found him! He is almost 5 months old and I purchased him from Fields of Grace farm -- I had been lusting after her goats for a couple of years. She's in Sevierville TN. This boy not only has great genetics (champion parents and grandparents, plus his 1/2 sister is a top producer in milk. Then to top it all off, he is POLLED (naturally hornless) and has moonspots! My first goat with moonspots! He's adorable and will be a beautiful herd sire!
Fields of Grace FL Zeus
Sire: J-Nels GP Freelance
SS: J-Nels SQ Gray Poupon *S
(Rosasharn SS Sequoia *B x CH/MCH J-Nels ER Dumplin 1*M -LA 2011 EEEV 90, 2012 VEEE 90)
SD: CH Steele Ballew Lantanna *D
(MCH Steele Ballew Blue Bayou x MCH/PGCH Half Pint Flora)
Dam: Little Tots Estate Cleome
DD: PGCH Woodhaven Farms Cowgirl 1*M
(Woodhaven Farms Texas Twister x MCH/PGCH Flat Rocks Opal *D)
DS: GCH SM3Pines PT Tsaber +B
(Little Tots Estate Pseudotsuga x ARMCH Gay-Mor Berry’s Jurassic 1*M
His Dam’s daughter (his 1/2 sister) Little Tots Estate ST Nahar milked over 1000 lbs in the last 2 years and was both 2013 AGS National Top 10 305 day test and Top 10 1 day test winning and 2013 Sue Rucker Silver JUJU Award!
I love to tell the story of how I came to have these wonderful goats. I have dreamed for many years of growing my own food and being self-sufficient so when I bought my property I set out right away putting in gardens and an aquaponics system. Fast forward 2 years, my neighbor went on a special diet and couldn't have any dairy so she offered me her fresh raw goats milk she had purchased at the farmer's market. Well, I just fell in love with it! I quickly realized I couldn't afford to buy this wonderful milk but then I had a thought... I could get my OWN goats and have milk and cheese right here! Little did I know I would fall so in love with the goats!