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It has been a fantastic year for our does! Lots of Grand Champion, Best of Breed & Best Udder of Breed wins throughout the show season. This photo was taken at the Nebraska State Fair and shows the first place milkers of each class competing for Senior Grand Champion. We were so very proud to have 1st place yearling milker (Khaotic), 1st place 2-year-old (Scandulous Secret), 1st place 3-year-old (Shasta) and 1st place 4-yr-old (Ginny) in the lineup. Secret won GCH and Best of Breed, with Ginny taking Res. GCH and Best Udder of Breed against strong competition in the Nubian show.
It has certainly been a challenge rebuilding our herd after dispersing everything in the Spring of 2011. Our original herd was started in September 1982 as a 4-H project for our son & daughter. They grew up and we simply continued the herd. There are several people who helped us get a new herd started – Mojave Dunes, Jowanda Nubians and Sagebrush Nubians. Without these three herds we would not have the quality we have today. In the last one to two years we have been fortunate to add some Lakeshore, War Cry & M*L Legacy does to our herd.
There is hardly a day that goes by that I do not thank God for the beautiful Nubian herd he has blessed us with. I do not think it was something I could have done on my own but feel very strongly that His hand was in all of this. I know that the time is short for the length of time we are going to be able to care for this herd so I am going to enjoy the time we do have. The key will be to keep the herd fairly small making it easier to manage.
One of the most enjoyable parts in attending shows is the many friends we have made over the years and the new ones we make. It is also a good feeling to be able to help and answer questions from new breeders. I tell them it is a continuous learning process, that there will always be things to learn and share with fellow breeders. My sister Nancy is a tremendous help at shows and even before the shows in helping me get everybody clipped and ready. She also is the one who sets the does up so that I can get some nice pictures for our website. Nancy has even had to be out in the show ring all season because of my wrist issues. I have to admit I have rather enjoyed watching from the sidelines our does being shown. I see a lot of things good and bad about our does and I am more easily able to compare them with other herds.
All of our does and bucks have been CAE negative as well as free of abscesses. Our kids are taken from their dams at birth and raised on heat treated colostrum and pasteurized milk even though we have a negative CAE herd. Kids are normally weaned at around three months of age and the use of Baycox (toltrazuril) is used in the prevention of coccidiosis. We find it is one of the easiest methods to use, but perhaps not the least expensive way to go once they get some size on them. The kids are also vaccinated for tetanus and enterotoxemia, dewormed at one to two months of age, and our mature animals vaccinated annually for tetanus and enterotoxemia. We also vaccinate our dry yearlings and mature does with Lysigin and J-Vac to help in controlling mastitis.
TERMS OF SALE: If a kid is reserved prior to birth, the price is as stated on the “Kidding Schedule” page. However, we do reserve the right to modify pricing once the kids are born if they are not preordered prior to birth. We would appreciate a $100 deposit for bucklings and a $50 deposit for doelings ordered. Balance due on kids must be paid in full before shipped or picked up. We prefer to place kids in their new homes by 4-6 weeks of age, but are willing to make arrangements to hold a kid longer if necessary. Orders are accepted on a first requested basis. We would suggest a 1st and 2nd choice for better assurance of getting that kid you want. There will be no refunds on cancelled orders. However, if we cannot fill your order or the kid does not meet our specifications, your deposit will be refunded or held until next year, whichever you choose. All health papers and shipping expenses are the responsibility of the buyer. We do reserve the right to retain any animal on our sales list.
Thanks to all of you in the past who have purchased animals from us. We hope that they have become an important part of your herd. We look forward to seeing all of our friends at the shows in 2016.
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