For those that wanted a family tree of my goats, I don’t think that’s possible. It would look like a knotted ball of yarn, but I can give you some about the different lines I have here.
I often refer to my original five Saanen girls. They along with a mini-Nubian cross named Mabel were my first girls that I bred. I still have two of them, but none of them are having babies anymore. Two years after their arrival, I expanded by buying three adorable Boer doelings. All of my girls since have come from these girls (with the exception of Coffee who moved here several years ago). With buying Sam and losing Coffee, I’ve been thinking about who to keep and who to breed to whom, and I really want to make sure I keep all of those lines going forward.
I reviewed my records and I found that some lines I have several branches, while some are really pretty sparse. You can sort of keep track of family lines by the last name. All of them with the last name of van de Yell come from Boeris.
Mabel: Mabel had Lily, whom I have but she’s retired. I also kept Lily’s daughter, Dolly. Dolly is in my group of four girls that are the oldest I bred this year. She looks good and raises big beautiful kids, and she should have Fionn babies in March.
I kept her daughters, Pistol and Vinnie. Of course Pistol just had my oopsie babies at the end of January.
I have kept daughters from Pistol and Vinnie, but they have horrible feet. I won’t continue that forward, so I can’t keep any of their kids. That means, I need to make sure I keep a girl from Dolly, Pistol or Vinnie to continue this line.
Mabel also gave me my dear Flower Bud.
Millie: I’ve kept three of Millie’s daughters. Pebbles gave me Penny, Sugar, and Cinnamon.
They are all three still here and having kids. As of yet, I haven’t kept any of their kids. Joe was Millie’s next girl I kept. Joe was the sweetest girl, but her feet were horrible. Even though I’ve kept her girl, Joani, I don’t want to continue those bad feet (which is also how Pistol and Vinnie’s kids got bad feet).
Finally, I kept Bambi. She is a higher percentage dairy, so I want to put her with Sam to get a sweet dairy doe. That will have to wait until next year when Sam is a bit more mature.
And then there’s Millie’s boy, Myson.
Minnie: Minnie is our herd queen.
I’ve only ever kept one girl from her, Betty Lou. Betty Lou retired two years ago.
That means, Helen is the only girl I kept from Betty Lou. This summer I weaned Helen’s two girls fairly early because her hips were bothering her. I won’t breed her again. That means I have to keep either Hilda or Hazel to continue this line.
Maddie: She was a miracle baby. I don’t know how she lived as sick as she was when she came to live with us, but she did. I actually kept her boy, Goliath, who is Marley’s dad, Fionn’s grandpa, and Xerxes’s great-grandpa.
Each year, we have a lot of her descendents born on the farm, but in the goat world, it’s all about those mother-daughter lines, so that doesn’t count. I did, however, keep her last twins, Stormy and Litha.
From them, I’ve kept Litha’s girl Reva and Stormy’s girls Haley and Harley. At some point, I will keep a girl from one of them.
Cutie: Cutie is no longer on the farm either. I kept her girl, Pam. Pam died from complications of kidding, but I had already kept a girl from her, Maisie. Maisie’s only kid that I’ve kept is Moose, and he’s not going to continue any line.
I also kept Vixen from Cutie. This winter, I put her with Sam to try to get an adorable little girl to keep. Hopefully, she’ll be sweet too.
Meg: Meg is still here, but she retired.
I kept Jilly, but she died trying to have a huge Boeris baby. I also have Meg’s daughter, Muffin, who will turn ten in June. She’s retired, but her last year kidding, Muffin gave me exactly what I asked for, a beautiful Wanda. Even though Wanda is almost all boer, I put her with Sam, and I will consider keeping her kid if she has a girl.
Scarlet: Scarlet is another one that I kept a buck from (Marley), so we’ll always have her descendants here. I also have two of her daughters, Maggie and Cookie. Maggie didn’t have kids last year, but I put her with Fionn for June. Cookie is due to kid in March. I also have Cookie’s triplet brother, Casey.
Grace: Grace was the goat that convinced me I never want to have February babies. Her girls were born when it was horrible cold, and I could never get her filled up and had to give her girls bottles, and Grace never recovered. I kept her doe, Kizzy.
Kizzy gives me those most gorgeous painted girls. I’ve kept Bonnie, Blaze and Mary from her.
Last year, I kept Blaze’s girl Gidget. I’m guessing, I’ll end up falling in love with more of her grandkids too.
Annie: Annie gave me Fionn, my current main breeding buck. The only girl I kept from her is Sallie.
Of course, Sallie has the adorable Annie who gets to stay on the farm.
It’s amazing how much each line is unique and interconnected and so very special. And that is all forty-five big goats on the farm.
I do hope you’ll come back on Friday to join me for Friday’s Hunt. The items for this week are at the top of my sidebar.
I’m sharing with Warm Heart Wednesday.