2017 was an interesting year for the BHaven goat herd.
I upgraded my buck - much better genetics. His ABGA number is 10757375 and his name is Crossfire.
I also purchased 4 new high end does with nice genetics. They are Sunray (1075638), Gertrude (10762813), Gretchen (10768039), and Oreo (10737791). Gretchen is Gertrude's daughter.
I obtained Oreo when she was 10 days old as an orphan. So I bottle raised her. She is very friendly and has a great personality.
Melody gave birth to a nice doe this year, so I kept her. Her name is Melody One (very original).
Crossfire is NOT the sire to any of my breeding does.
To check out the pedigrees of any of my goats, go to ABGA
I also added a new goat nursery - 5 stalls. So that I can segregate does and new kids for 3 - 5 days. Gives them a chance to get on thier feet without pressure from the herd.
Here to for, my goat feeding program has consisted of Alfalfa Hay and Alfalfa Pellets. And the goats have full access to a 7 acre native pasture. I have not been happy with the Alfalfa Hay. It is expensive and wastage is high. So I decided to plant some alfalfa. I carved out and fenced a 1.5 acre pasture, mowed, drilled, and seeded it. The plan is to let it bolt before I let the goats into it. This way the goats and the honey bees can enjoy it. Hopefully that will happen some time in the Spring.
In addition, I have added a good quality feed - Jacoby to the feeding problem.
My next Goat Blog will be on the 2017 Birthing Season.