Sunday, June 24, 2018

INTRODUCING GREEN GABLES MOONSTONE (aka Sunny)
(3rd gen.)

Green Gables Moonstone
     Sire: Echo Hill's DO Goldstone 
          SS:  Echo Hill's Dominator (5th gen 55/45)
          SD:  Echo Hill's Black Opal *2P (4th gen 56/44)
     Dam:  Green Gables MB Lovely Luna (2nd gen 62.5/37.5)
          DS:  VMCH Green Gables SS Moonbeam (4th gen 50/50)
          DD:  Green Gables CB Lucinda 1*P (1st gen 75/25)

I'm still working on adding pics, so check in for updates.  Also, go to North Forest Farm on Facebook to see more.  Sunny has been long awaited!  We're so happy to finally have him here on our farm.  He is sure to add great things to the milk production, udder conformation and ears of our kids to come.  We hope that by late fall, he will be ready to breed a few of our girls.  It's going to be a long wait for spring next year, let me tell you!

Also introducing North Forest Farm Odin
(2nd gen 50/50)

North Forest Farm Odin (2nd gen 50/50)
     Sire:  North Forest Farm Mr. Tumnus (1st gen 50/50)
          SS:  North Forest Farm TR Aspen (Nigerian Dwarf)
          SD:  French's Dream Girls Latte (Nubian)
     Dam:  North Forest Farm Enchanted April (1st gen 50/50)
          DS:  North Forest Farm MX Shamrock (Nigerian Dwarf)
          DD:  French's Dream Girls Twisted Sister (Nubian)
          
Still working on pics for this guy, too.  Again, check Facebook for pics.  He was such a delightful surprise for us!  We haven't had this color combination yet, and his breed character is the best we've gotten as well.  He was the largest kid born on our farm as well, weighing in at 7.5 pounds.  He's so sweet and fun!  We're enjoying him as much as we can while he's small...and clean. :)  We plan to breed him to Freyja this late fall/winter.  They have the same base coloring, which is my favorite; sundgau or black and tan,  Odin's base color is so broken by the white that it's hard to realize it's there.  He's such a flashy little guy.  I hope we get some more kids with his and Freyja's coloing.  I guess I'd better hope for the good conformation to pass along over the coloring though! :)




Friday, March 16, 2018

Breeding Plan Update

Hey all,

We have a busy year this year, and some changes to the does we currently own.  This has lead to our choice to breed only two does to kid this season.  Moon is due mid May and April is due mid June.  Moon is showing evidence of having a belly full of kids already.  April not so much, but I'm hoping. :)  These kids will be F2 Experimental and 50/50.  Please feel free to contact us if you're interested in purchasing a kid from us this season, and we'll keep you posted as to the progress of our does and the kids they have.

I finally got all of my registrations completed, and all papers sent off to new owners of our 2017 kids, and that feels pretty great too.  Now all of our mininubians are registered with the Miniature Dairy Goat Association (MDGA).  It's great to see a little herd of mininubians developing under our patient and thoughtful care.

We have a deposit on a Green Gables Mininubian buckling this year, so we should be able to update on who we get sometime this summer.  It's very exciting!  I've been looking at the Green Gables herd for years, and I'm like a kid at Christmas waiting to see him myself.  If all goes well, we should have four does ready to be bred to kid for Spring 2019, at least two of them sired by our new buck.  Some of the resulting kids next season will be F3, and should be American.  I expect some really nice breed character with them.  Some of the kids will be F2, but if their dams are bred to the new buck, I believe we should have improved breed character with more roman noses and longer, less controlled ears.  It's all so exciting to think about!