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!

~Sarah~
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!

Concerning the Shipping of Kids

Note: To those following our farm and desiring kids from us in the next year. We do NOT ship our goats. If you’re out of state and would really like a buck or doe from our herd you may need to plan a “Road-Trip” to come and get them. If you’re in Idaho, Oregon or Eastern WA i its possible we can meet you with the goats you desired at a “Midpoint” location. But more than that we cannot guarantee.

We do not send our animals out of state via airlines.

Kids will be available to good homes in June and July, if you’re local we can deliver to you, or if you’re somewhat distant you can either come pick up the goats yourself or we can meet at a halfway point. If you’re quite distant but really want a kid from our herd, you will need to plan a road trip or make arrangements through someone local to get them.

Also, concerning the use of “Transporters.” We’re very cooperative with small time transporters, but do not wish to be sending goats on long trips with larger transporters. If your transporter is gonna be using a small truck or van to transport animals, that’s just fine with us. but, if they require a large trailer, with individual containers in it, housing many different animals from various locations, with limited visibility and personal care… sorry, but no. We will not cooperate with large transporters.

We love those people like Linda Stone who come up in their mini van to transport goat kids to their new homes. But, we draw the line at folks who ship more than 12 animals larger than a rabbit in one trip.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience, but this is what we are comfortable with at present to insure the safety and health of our animals when they go to new homes.

Thank you very much for your time.
~The Sillimans~
Breezee Creek Farm

Shipping Sickness and Glutton Gut (Bloat) part II

In my previous article “shipping sickness and glutton gut ( bloat)”  I shared with my readers the personal experiences we have had with each of these issues. I also shared a recipe “RUMI-CHAI TUMMY TEA” and treatment protocol for these particular illnesses and indicated that they are great for virtually any digestive related ailment your animal may be suffering from. Today I would like to discuss the unfortunate reality of bloat, the different kinds and what you can do if it is severe enough that even the above protocol does not bring about improvement.

As I stated in my previous article, we had some pretty serious bloat  several months ago. We treated it with our extremely effective “RUMI-CHAI TUMMY TEA” which I provided a recipe for you to make yourself in my previous article along with baking soda and probiotics. But what if this isn’t quite enough?

There are various types of bloat from a very minor, tummy ache and feeling a little grumpy to noticeably very ill, lethargic, tooth grinding due to severe pain, foaming, severe diarrhea, unusual swelling of the abdomen, lying down, stomping of feet, pacing, and generally giving up.

Our girls experienced a variety of symptoms including some or all of the above depending upon the severity of their suffering and how much excess of grain they had actually consumed.

First, soft poo of any kind for any reason is generally not good for a goat. Their feces ought to look like small or large (depending on the size and breed of goat) dry, round berries and there really should be very little odor. A short stint of softer clumpier waste is acceptable  for a few days after birth and after a change in feed or temperatures. as long as it only lasts for a couple of days and begins to dry up and change from there on it’s own, this is considered healthy and reasonable, but sometimes, goats can get too much rich wet grasses, or too large a volume of grain, or bad hay or others stresses that it overwhelms the gut and throws the PH out of balance. This then starts the cycle of a sluggish Rumin, the build-up of  trapped gasses, and a very uncomfortable goat indeed.

In the case of very severe bloat that is not improving with the tea, and probiotics alone, I would then increase the probiotics, and give baking soda free choice to help break down any foaming of the gut to release gasses.

You may also irrigate the gut with oil. Olive, or organic Peanut oil or Coconut oil is best. This acts in such a way as to break the surface of the gas bubbles in the gut and allow the goat to belch which is very important for the goat. Mineral oil is not generally recommended for use as it is tasteless and increases the risk of asperation into the lungs which could cause another severe complication.

If you are concerned about poisoning via moldy hay, or the consumption of toxic plants or mushrooms, you may also use a drench of 10 ccs of activated charcoal powder mixed with water to make a liquidy paste, but this is only recommended in the severest of circumstances and when definitely dealing with some form of poisoning.

Lastly, if what you are dealing with is severe bloating and your goat is not improving and get larger and larger in the abdomonal area, you may have to consider tubing your goat with a skinny tube ( Not a water hose as it is too wide and can tear the esophogus and thereby kill your goat). The tube must be at leat 3 feet long and you must use something that is hard to place between the teeth to allow the tube to pass through without the goat biting through it. This can be as simple as a three inch square piece of wood with a hole the size of the tubing drilled through it to pass the tube through, or you can use a piece of pvc piping. This tube would be passed through the mouth, down the throat and into the rumin( the goat usually will readily allow the tube to pass down the throat once you get it into her mouth and into the back of the throat) and simply allow the gasses to purge through this tube. If it doesn’t happen immediately, you can gently move around the tube so that it moves around in the Rumin until it finds the gas pocket. Once gasses have been released, gently and smoothly pull out the tube in one movement from the goats body.

In the severest of cases when death may very well be imminent you may have to make the choice to attempt to save your goats life by making a hole in the side of your goat either via incision, or with a 16 gauge needle. The needle is used by sticking the needle in the largest part of the rumin on the left side of the goat, between the last rib and just before the hip. this will remain in place as you allow the gasses to be released. In the case of incision, you would make the incision deep enough to open the rumin about 3 inches behind the last rib, but you must be prepared to repair the wound immediately after the releasing of gas. This procedure can also increase the risk of peritonitis and therefore I would be hesitant to recommend this without the aid of a qualified veterinarian.

Generally with Bloat,diarrhea is better than nothing passing at all. If your goat has diarrhea, please be sure to give them the RUMI-CHAI TUMMY TEA and probiotics!!!I cannot recommend these two supplements enough! Please note that the diarrhea will slowly get better over several days and may take to or more weeks to completely clear up and return to normal.

Well there you have it. Everything you could almost ever know about Shipping Sickness, and Glutton Gut or “Bloat” as it is often called. My next article will be about coccidiosis, a common ailment and chronic scourge of particularly the wetter climates such as here in the Pacific Northwest and if you hadn’t guessed already, YES! It will include the recommendation of “RUMI-CHAI TUMMY TEA” as the top of the list treatment for this illness as well.

Peace to you and much blessing everybody.

Lorinda ( Breezee Creek Mama)

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!