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

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!