Fun Baby goats!

Galaxy has been sold and will be leaving next month to start running his new Herem.

Regal is still available! LOVE his ears, and he has a great rump, very long, flat, smooth, level, also boasts great width and length. He’s a tad timid, but we are working with him on that.

Charlotte has 2 beautiful 3rd gen boys available, 1 is brown with blue eyes and the other is black with tan markings.

 

Our girl Holly kidded memorial day (yesterday) 2 stunning bucklings as well, will get pictures in the next few days to add to the website!

Kidding Season Spotlight: Charlotte

Breezee Creek’s Charlotte is really just a stunning doe! She can’t help but stand out, being that she’s bright white and has the palest blue eyes you ever saw!

This year was her 2nd kidding. And I must say her udder is HUGELY improved this year! Her dam had had a very slight shelf in the foreudder, and lacked a defined medial (midline) altogether. However, this year, Charlottes udder has really BLOSSOMED! Its incredible, and we are beyond excited at just how stunning it is!

Charlotte boasts STRONG lateral attachments and a high rounded escutcheon, which gives her rear udder that high rounded look with a wide area of attachment. She still needs a bit more midline separation, but is improved over her dam in that respect as well. Her teats again are a bit widely spaced, would like to see them close together, but they are better size than last year. She boasted good udder texture last year, so we look forward to milking her again and trying her on One Day Milk Test this summer.

What are we really thrilled about concerning her udder though? Her FOREUDDER! Its utterly seamless! blends smoothly into her belly and just keeps on going! Everything about her udder is SOCKED ON TIGHT, she will not have to worry about her udder breaking down and loosing those wonderful attachments, cause she has so much attachment all around there’s no stress one just 1 area!

She kidded 2 bucklings, 1 is brown with her pale blue eyes, the other is beautiful sandgau (black with tan eye stripes and legs) and little bit of roaning. Both are available to be herdsires, as they are beyond excellent quality!

If you want color, long pendulous ears, roman noses, length of body, correct rumps, and udder attachments to withstand the test of time, THESE are the boys you NEED for your breeding program!

Charlotte is another we need to get updated photos of this summer so we can enter her in the Vshow, and we are SO excited to do so! Here are this years pre-kidding udder photos though, and you can get more info on Charlotte on her page, Here.

Please check out her boys on the “For Sale” page and comment or use the form on the “Contact Us” page to get more info!

 

Kidding Season Spotlight: FF Becky

BCF Legacy’s To The Moon and Back, or “Becky” as we call her, comes from exceptionally heavy milk lines. Her dam peaked at 1 1/2 GALLONS of milk in 24 hours as a 4th freshener.

Becky freshened with an udder that is super soft and silky smooth. She milks out like a dream, just like her dam! She’s giving us sweet, creamy milk every morning, and has been very cooperative on the milking stand.

Her udder is snuggly attached on all sides, with a smooth udder floor, and nice rounded escutcheon. Her foreudder is HUGELY improved over her dams who had the start or a shelf and a pocket, Becky’s udder is seemlessly blended into her stomache, with no shelf or pocket whatsoever!

We’d like to see her teats closer together, but they are a nice size for hand milking, and have very open orifices so she empties pretty quickly. Would also like to see a tighter midline down the back of her udder, as you want to be able to see a line dividing the 2 halves of the udder. But she does have excellent lateral attachments, which tells me this udder will be holding up well in future.

We are very happy with this girl and plan to keep her here a few years more as we thoroughly enjoy her sweet personality, easy milking udder, and her spots are just so fun to see!

You can see more on Becky and her pedigree on her page Here.

She kidded 1 buck and 1 doe for us this year, her doeling is already sold, but her little moonspotted buckling is available and would make a great herdsire! Need smoother foreudders or better udder texture, he’s your guy! Comment below or use the form on the “Contact Us” page to get more info about “Breezee Creek’s Galaxy” (Becky’s buckling), and check out our “For Sale” page to see his pictures!

Got Kids? We Do!

At Breezee Creek Farm we maintain very high standards for all our stock. We are always looking to improve on our current livestock, and evaluating each doe with each kidding with more and more scrutiny.

This year, we are VERY happy with what we are seeing in our herd! 3 of our 4 does have kidded so far, and are either showing hugely improved udders over their dams, or better breed character, overall structure, or production!

We’ve already sold our doeling, but have several HIGH quality bucklings available that would make INCREDIBLE herdsires!

Check out our For Sale page to see theh thoroughly gorgeous kids we have available and either comment or email us with the “contact us” form to find out more about these wonderful kids!

Breezee Creek’s *P!

Breezee Creek Farm has been breeding for great conformation, excellent breed character, health and good temperament. But, on top of our list of things to breed for, we also breed for heavy milk production.

We keep very accurate barn records for all our milkers, so we can show buyers what our girls can do without having to guess off the top of our head what each doe really produces.

To prove our stock, we decided to add three of our Does to DHIA Milk Test for 2015. If we did a limited number of Does this year and felt it was beneficial to our herd, we could do the rest of our milkers the next year.

First Doe we signed up for Milk Test was our best producer, Durango’s Little Red. Red is a registered Grade Doe out of an unknown Sire, but we keep her because of her exceptional milk yield and quality form. She has the BEST udder and rump I’ve seen yet!

First Day on test, Red tested out! She gave 7.9lbs of milk at 3.35% Butterfat, 3.5% Protein and SCC of 8! Red, at only about 6 weeks fresh, earned her milk star on One Day Milk test!

Breezee Creek’s Princess and Cap N Bell’s Maizie, both first fresheners, will be on 305 Day Milk test this year as well. We’re very excited to see what these girls will accomplish for us. As an FF, Princess has been giving 1/2 gallon a day at 2 weeks fresh! All these girls have very nicely attached udders that we feel very proud of, and we are ecstatic to see what they’ll produce for us on official milk test!

Here are some photos of Red’s *P udder:
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Breezee Creek Sista

Red’s kids having a “Field Day”

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Red’s kids having a “Field Day,” literally!

These kids are our first for 2015, and our boy Royal’s first kids to hit the ground.
Doeling, named “Romy,” is buckskin and retained for our herd. Buck boy, buckskin with white, is sold. More kids to come mid April!

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Breezee Creek Sista

 

Kidding Preparations

Our first doe is due February 28th, and since she is the first one scheduled for kidding, we have been working to prepare for the soon to come kids.

Durango’s Little Red has been prepping herself the last 3 weeks, getting a noticeable udder 1 1/2 months before her due date, and getting a huge belly.

We went through our birthing kit and did a quick inventory, finding that we’re pretty much good to go. We have iodine, umbilical cutters, floss, rubber gloves (both small and long), Cayenne Pepper Tincture, B vitamins and BoSe, lots of towels… only lacking in emergency electrolytes and ProBios (we always give a couple doses of each to our Does after kidding). So the shopping list is pretty short this year, yay!

We took a look at the birthing stall, which has been serving as a hay storage room. The excess hay was moved to our official storage room, the stall was cleaned thoroughly and we sprinkled Diatomaceous Earth (DE) around all the edges before covering the ground with a thick layer of good hay. The DE will kill any bugs hiding in the corners or crawling through any bits of hay.

The mineral feeders were cleaned out and ready for fresh mineral, the hay feeder was cleared up, and our separator (we made one for separating kids at night, or for separating mothers in the stall with their kids) was cleaned up and moved to a more out of the way location.

Shopping list was put together, the kidding stall cleaned and prepped… what’s left to get prepared?

We re-worked our feeding rations and budget to allow for new kids and increase in the appetite of expectant mothers. We upped Red’s alfalfa pellet rations from 3/4 lb/day to 2lbs/day, which she is very happy about.

Only things left to do: Make sure all goats are up on their copper (due next week), get things on our shopping list, and give Red a dairy trim end of next week.

NOTE: for those who don’t know, a dairy trim is a simple hair cut only trimming the fur on the tail, udder and legs. We won’t be doing a full body trim on any of our does till summer time, when its warmer. Why are we bothering to give this doe a trim when she’s due end of February then? Because a simple dairy trim will allow any mess from giving birth to be cleaned up a  lot faster and with less discomfort to the doe. If we didn’t give her a dairy trim, she’d end up with goopy stuff sticking to the fur on her behind that would stay there and dry, looking nasty and feeling quite uncomfortable to the doe.

We’re feeling pretty good about this coming year, very satisfied with the bucks we chose with our does, and very happy with how healthy the whole herd has been.

We’ve already added a new page for our “New Arrivals 2015” we’re SO excited! We can hardly wait to get pictures of new kids when they arrive to share with everyone!

God bless, and Happy kidding!

Breeding Season Almost Over… 2014-2015

The Season began earlier than anticipated on Breezee Creek Farm.

For the 2013-2014 Season, we had “staggered” our breeding’s so we could have fresh milk year ’round, but it ended up not working very well for us. So, we decided for this next season we’d start breeding Does around Thanksgiving, and get them all bred as close together as possible so we could have kids born end of April-early May and just get it all done with at once.

But of course, SOMEBODY had to change the plans!

019 post Our Buck, WRRanch Sir Alfred, came into full rut in JULY! Which of course got our other buck, W4’s Sir Royal Roan, very bucky (“Oooh, competition???”). We had a couple times the bucks found ways of getting out of their pen, fortunately the times they BOTH got out no one was in heat. But, the bucks being in rut of course ’caused our does to start cycling early this year.

Last year, our Doe Durango’s Little Red (a grade, but with superior form and milking capabilities), was taken to our friends at Daystar’s Farm for breeding with one of their bucks. Not once, but TWICE. And Guess what? With those two trips, she still didn’t take! So she was dry this last year.

_MG_9514 But, one day in September (two MONTHS before we planned to start breeding), Sir Royal Roan got out of his pen, and went spooning with Little red out in the pasture. And she just happened to be in heat! She took, first breeding this year, with a buck we didn’t plan on using her with! But its not a bad buck for her to be with, he’ll correct things we wanted changed for her kids.

So, we have a doe due February 28, 2015.

November came, and we got Cap N Bells Black Maizie and her cousin Breezee creek’s Prettie’s Princess both bred to Sir Royal Roan. They took first breeding, yay!

053 1 We were on the fence a bit about breeding our girl, Breezee Creek’s Miracle of Miracles (MiMi), simply because she didn’t seem quite as wide as the other does. So we chose to wait a bit.

We talked more about who else to breed or hold over for the year, and decided to go ahead and breed Cap N Bells Black Ravon to Daystar’s Prince of Egypt for blue eyed, June kids. So basically we decided to go ahead and try staggering breeding’s again. Ravon was bred to Prince’s Sire, Daystar’s Sir Festus, last year and had 2 beautiful blue eyed kids! But Prince has better breed character than his Sire, so we opted to try him this year and see what we get (not to mention, Prince has very unique coloring, check him out by clicking here!).

And then, we kept watching MiMi, and finally decided to breed her as she had gotten more wide and stocky.

So, summary is, we’ll have 1 doe due end of February, 2 does due Mid April, and 2 Does due early-mid of June. So, every 2 months we’ll have a batch of kids!

We have things we LOVE about each doe and buck, and have been very careful in our pairings this year. Red was our TOP milking doe as a First Freshener in 2013, with a high & wide, tightly attached udder; Ravon is an endurance milker with lovely breed character and the sweetest temperament; Maizie has lots of width, depth, and length of barrel, very stocky (and a daughter of Ravon); Princess has amazing breed character, length of body and ears, and a very quiet, friendly personality; MiMi is quiet, but very curious, she loves new people and food, she has lovely breed character and comes from very nice lines including Saada (Saada El-Levitica show up in her dams pedigree, check out THAT udder!).

In the next few weeks we’ll know for sure if Ravon and MiMi have “taken.”

We won’t be using our boy WRRanch Sir Alfred because he makes very large kids and most our does this year are first fresheners, but he’ll be back in the breeding program for next year to continue his work of bringing quality into our farm!

Shipping Sickness And Glutton Gut (Bloat)

After preparing our farm, we were blessed with a lovely little herd family from Kennewick, Washington. As anyone from the Great Northwest knows, Kennewick is hot and dry in the summer and winters are very cold with lots of snow. Both seasons are extreme.In Kennewick, summertime offers in places where there isn’t regular irrigation, very little foraging in grasses and lush greenery from an abundant variety of trees and shrubs.

Our goats took a several hour road trip to our place in Southwestern Washington from Kennewick. In contrast to Kennewick and the rest of Eastern Washington, La Center(where our farm is located) is very green and VERY wet. Though we have a ton of rain, typically raining 10 months out of the year, the weather is generally mild. We have little to no snow, pretty consistent temperatures with only a few days throughout the winter that fall down to freezing. We also have fresh,very rich green food stuff IN ABUNDANCE all year round.

The Trouble Begins….

We received our goats with great joy and anticipation. We had carefully prepared our land with appropriate fencing, bought the alfalfa hay we needed, was sure to have grain for those in milk, and did so much research on raising dairy goats that my head was spinning with all the information. Within days after welcoming our little goat family, we quickly came to realize that one of our dear ladies was not faring too well. She was perfectly healthy when we received her initially. Her eyes were bright, her coat shiny, and she was full of personality.  Overnight, it seemed, she went downhill quickly and we felt completely overwhelmed with worry that we must have done something wrong or endangered her in some way. This is where our trusted goat mentors came in.

 Ask For Help…

When starting something new, it is wise to have a mentor.Always glean everything that you can and become a willing disciple, if you will, to someone who has tread the path you are about to travel and has done it successfully. With our home dairy journey, we chose well to listen to the knowledgeable advice of the precious folk at Daystar’s Farm in Woodland Washington, about 15 minutes north of us. They have been long time friends for 17+ years and have successfully raised goats for at least as long.

Ravon’s Diagnosis…

Daystar’s mama came over with her brood and examined our sickly goat.

Her milk supply had greatly decreased, her eyes dull, her tail down and wet with yuck, she had a low-grade fever and very loose stool. While everyone else seemed fine, she had no appetite and was very, very tired. The other goats stools had soften a little as well,but were already returning back to the healthy goat berry consistency you would expect. We considered the possibility of coccidiosis but they were regularly maintained against parasites. The diagnosis of our sick little goat mama was “Shipping Sickness”.  Ravon was a healthy strong goat, but the stress of changing from one type of environment to a completely different one and the resulting change in diet was too much. We soon realized our rich, wet grasses and herbs were a bit of a shock for her and she needed help adjusting.

Shipping Sickness

What I found with study  is that “Shipping Sickness” often causes great suffering and ultimately the demise of livestock that have been affected by it.So many do not survive, that it has become a sort of worrisome fear of those that need to travel with their goats for various reasons. It is not contagious, though if you have several goats that were shipped from one place to another involving some sort of stress to the digestive tract, many may be at risk. It is basically caused by CHANGE. Sudden change in temperatures, humidity, shelter, and or diet may send your goats entire body into shock causing the Rumin to stop working. As any goat owner knows, goats do not like change.

Without the Rumin working effectively, bacteria develops quickly in the gut and an inflammatory response kicks in, causing diarrhea, fever, lethargy, dehydration, and ultimately, death.

The Treatment…

I’m not really sure where the original recipe came from, but My friendly goat mentor shared a recipe with me that has become a fail safe remedy for virtually anything that involves the gut health of my goats and proved to work EXCEPTIONALLY on our Ravon girl and her “Shipping Sickness”. I was so happy with this recipe and how quickly it worked for her, I want to share it here so others may be spared the trauma of watching one of your own goats suffer as Ravon did.She was fortunate. We watched her closely and treated her quickly. She healed well with no ill side affects. I am praying that by sharing this healing protocol with you, you can potentially save the life of your goat and do it NATURALLY.

Treatment was as follows:

2 times daily, I gave Ravon 10cc’s orally of what we here at Breezee Creek Farm like to call “RUMI-CHAI TUMMY TEA”. We did this faithfully, morning and evening. Having her head placed in the stanchion, I would have one of my boys straddle her waist and hold her mouth open while we talk sweet nothings to her.  As we talk peacefully but work quickly, I then place the syringe filled with 10 cc’s of chai tea mixture through the side of her mouth and as far back as possible , squirting it into the back of the mouth. She WILL fight you as you attempt this, but once she tastes it, she’ll soon discover her fight was unnecessary as ALL of our goats enjoy this tea immensely.

We continue this procedure till we see her brightening up and her stool firming up  a bit. At this point, we then get our trusty syringe out two more times a day and mix 2 tsp of Sodium Bicarbonate ( Baking Soda) in enough water to make a liquidy paste. I then use the syringe and suck up the paste into the tube and use the same technique as I did to get the chai tea down her throat to get the baking soda down. She won’t appreciate this as well, but after a few days of just the tea, she will be generally more willing to taste what is in the “treat tube”. This Baking Soda is to help get her Rumin reactivated, balancing the Ph level of the gut. The first day adding the Baking soda, I do two doses, but after this I only do one a day and continue till your goats stool is completely normal. This may take up to two weeks, though your goat may be acting  much healthier within only a few short days. After a few days of this, and her gut seems to be receiving treatment satisfactorily, I then add one dose of probiotics daily. You may give this in the form of “Probios” made for livestock and used as prescribed on the back of the oversized oral syringe. If you do not have that on hand, you can use Human probiotics either in the form of high quality greek yogurt in a syringe ( not easy to get out of syringe and into throat) or bolus two pills of probiotic combination into throat, or break open and mix with water and place into another 10 cc syringe and squirt down her throat.

This may seem complicated, but it really isn’t. I make the tea in large batches and keep in a jar in the fridge for safe keeping. Baking soda, if left out as free choice in a container along side kelp and minerals, she MAY eat it as she needs it, but not all will. Administering via syringe orally, is something that gets easier the more you do it. Remember that what you are doing is potentially saving your goats life which is not only a fun pet to have around and a loving companion, but most often a huge monetary investment as well as a great investment of time. If we take care of our girls, they will take care of us by providing their company and their yummy milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, some times meat, more babies to sell or breed, and don’t forget the luxury of goats milk soap!

The Recipe…

RUMI-CHAI TUMMY TEA

Add

1 tsp. slippery elm powder.
1tsp. ground Ginger.
1 tsp. ground cloves.
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon.
to 1 cup boiling water.

6 cc’s for babies, 10cc’s adults, 2x daily.

Other Uses…..

We have found the above healing protocol to also be useful for other forms of gut distress.

One day, after buying a shipment of grain, we had emptied a full 25# bag of barley into its own garbage can. We typically have in the milk parlor, a can of barley, a can of oats, a can of alfalfa pellets and other treats such as organic Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, etc as they are available to feed our girls as we milk them on the stanchion.  One evening we went out as a family to a special event after the last milking for the evening. All the girls down at the barn were safely tucked in for the night and we left fully knowing our girls were contentedly resting for the evening.

Unbeknownst to us,”Prettie” (an exceptionally smart and persistent mama goat) figured out how to open up the lock on the outside of the milking parlor. what we came down to the barn to find the next morning was horrific! Every goat, all 11, had HUGE guts. They were moaning in pain and their stool wasn’t soft , but more like MUD PUDDLE fountains pouring out of them. their eyes were dull and they were unable to move. Some were worse than others. It was obvious that some must have eaten more than the rest.What we found was the milk parlor unlocked and opened, and the barley can tipped over with over 20 POUNDS of grain MISSING!! No wonder they were sick.

We knew we had little time before we would need to consider involving a vet which we really felt like we could not afford to treat EVERY goat we own all at once. We got out our RUMI-CHAI TUMMY TEA and dosed All of them. I gave them also, each a dose of Baking soda and put a generous amount down at the barn for free choice eating. We continued to prayerfully treat our girls with our chai tea mixture and began adding probiotics. As many farmers know, we were at risk of losing many of our girls due to bloat, or what we call “Glutton Gut”.

All I can tell you is that this stuff WORKS! Our goat girls were cured and feeling much relieved very quickly! They still had loose stool for almost two weeks, but had firmed up considerably within only a couple of days. We had to continuously clean out the barn as the acrid smell of their sickened feces was overwhelming, but the girls got WELL!! We are SOOO grateful!

Needless to say, to add another lock to the milk parlor door was at the top of the list. We actually set up Prettie. We soon caught her red-handed with our very own eyes, unlocking the latch with her lips only three days after this horrible incident. we now have a half-door with a lock on both the inside and outside of the door.

So try  RUMI-CHAI TUMMY TEA out. We think you’ll be pleased.

Happy dairy goat gut health every one!