Meet Cora Belle, an adorable new caprine sponsor, and her baby granddaughter. Look at those beautiful spots and blue eyes! Only in Nigerian Dwarfs!
GCH Herron Hill CJ Cora Belle
A new baby!
Cora Belle and her granddaughter live on Minter Bay Farm with their owner Wendy. Wendy says: “I have a small farm in Western Washington where we raise Nigerian Dwarf Goats. We participate in ADGA shows and DHIA milk testing and Cora Belle is milking some very impressive numbers. We would love to go to the Nationals but I promised Cora Belle at a show that if she won I wouldn’t drag her to another show again. She hates leaving the farm and Colorado is too far and I must stick to my end of the bargain since she did her part We breed for conformation and milk, but also feel like color is important in this colorful breed, so why not try for all three? And who doesn’t like blue eyes?“
Too true! These goats are adorable.
For more pictures visit Wendy’s blog: http://lifebeyondthesidewalks.blogspot.com/ or her website: http://www.minterbaydairygoats.com/
My final stop in Colorado was the Stutz Family in LaPorte, Colorado. Here are some of my favorite pics of the Nigerians, just after they were bottle-fed.
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Nigerian Dwarfs are one of two new breeds recently recognized by ADGA. Since their acceptance, they have risen to be the 2nd most popular breed in ADGA.
Nigerians are the smallest dairy breed and must be 22″ at the withers or shorter. They are the only miniature breed of goat recognized by ADGA.
Some Nigerian’s have blue eyes, a trait that is unique to their breed. Nigerian’s can come in any color known to goats and are frequently spotted
Nigerian Dwarfs originate in West Africa, where they are called “West African Dwarfs”
Because of their size, color patterns and demeanor, Nigerian Dwarfs are very popular as 4-H and FFA animals, as well as family pets
Thank you to the Stutz Family for sharing your goats with us! You can find more information about Nigerian Dwarfs by visiting the American Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Association’s website
6 year old SGCH Algedi Farm DJ Honey Dew 1*M EEEE91, 5x BIS
Proudly owned by youth exhibitor, Siena Rasmussen of Alethia Homestead.
“We are a small family homestead interested in growing organic produce, organic egg production and raising quality Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goats for show, milk and the overall preservation and improvement of the breed. We participate in ADGA shows, milk test (only one day tests when possible at this time) and have found the Linear Appraisal Program to be a valuable tool in accessing the progress of our breeding program. We have very high standards, strict culling practices due to our limited space restrictions and only keep a small, select herd of goats. We are still in the process of building our foundation herd, based on the body style and incredible udder consistency of stock from Algedi and Rosasharn Farms, with our added focus on dairyness and structural correctness (we’re feet and leg fanatics… can’t help it!) We seasonally have a limited number of kids available and occasionally adult animals for sale to the right homes. We have VERY strict bio-security practices, have a closed, disease free herd, with the whole herd testing negative through WADDL for CAE, CL, Johnes and Q-fever in March 2012, therefore we offer no outside buck service. We love to talk “goat” and all things “anima’ related” so feel free to message us here on Facebook or email us and we’ll keep you posted about when we’ll have our website up and running!”
Thank you Siena, Dana and Honey Dew!
Editor’s note: Like Siena, with a donation to our film, you too can feature one of your favorite goats on our website! After you have made a donation, simply email me a picture (goatshowdoc [at] gmail [dot] com), your goat’s name, and any information you would like to include. Thank you so much for your continued support! Keep checking the website for more caprine sponsors!
Hey Friends, Family and Followers!
I’m touring Colorado for the next two days visiting a variety of goat owners to see their newborn baby kids! My first stop was Libby George of Monument, CO and her herd of Oberhasli’s. Oberhasli’s are less-common, but Libby’s goats sure are exemplary of the breed. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day. Stay tuned this coming week for videos of her goats!
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Like many dairy goat breeds, including the Saanen, Alpine and Toggenburg, the Oberhasli originated in Switzerland
Until the 1980′s, Oberhasli’s were considered part of the Alpine breed
The reddish-brown Oberhasli color is called “chamoisee.”
Oberhasli’s are known for their quiet, calm demeanor
Oberhasli’s are generally shorter than most of the dairy breeds (excluding Nigerian Dwarf’s, of course)
The Oberhasli coat color is a dominant trait. Breed an Oberhasli to another goat and you will have an Oberhasli-colored baby
Oberhasli milk is not very high in butterfat but has a sweet, fine-flavored taste
You can find more information about Oberhasli’s at the Oberhasli Breeders of America website: http://oberhasli.net/
Thank you Libby for letting us visit your herd!