Thursday, October 3, 2013

October 1, 2013

Our website is finally updated!!   You must bear with me as my son has always maintained this large website for me but due to his ALS diagnosis, he is no longer able to do it. 

It has been a tremendous learning experience for me as I am not the most computer literate person.  You will have to be patient with small errors as I find my way!  Most noticably is the fact that I have not learned how to change the Doe/Buck listings on the left side of the breed pages.  Please just click on the breed or the picture of the breed to find info on animals.

We have some exciting breedings planned but as we all know  Artificial Insemination does not always work but we are going to try several of our does .  We have been extremely pleased with our Rendezvous progeny.   He is very consistent in what he produces!  His 2 year old daughter Lesniak-Hill Ria just went BOB at the Big E show in West Springfield, MA!

I wish everyone a good breeding season and may all your breeding plans fall into place.

Monday, September 2, 2013

September 1.2013

Well it certainly has been a while since we have updated our blog.   It has been a difficult year in many ways.  Cutting back has been difficult as these goats are really our babies!  We have had family health problems that has also made us realize that we needed to cut back.  Our son was recently diagnosed with ALS ( Lou Gehrig's disease) for which there is no cure. 

We had a bad kidding season battling some type of enterotoxemia and lost several of our nice Toggenburg kids including our Spotlight Sale Nomination.   Fine at last check at night and gone in the morning !  Really devastating.  Thinking of what we can do different to prevent this for next year.  Most of the kids that were affected were born in May so we have decided not to breed after November this year,  Seems the kids do much better who were born early.

We have a few Alpines left.  SGCH Waiilatpu Gabe's Cherubim left us after kidding this year.  She was a lovely old doe  and is missed.  We did breed one of Christel's Alpines,  Lainey to Zeus before he left and have two little does.   They are staying as Glen does like his Alpine babies.  

The last of our Lamanchas left us today and crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.  CH Welbian Farm's Sweetie Pie.  Our  Lamancha herd has come to an end.   I know we will miss them.

We are very pleased with our young Toggenburg herd.  They mostly come from our Madison line.  Madison is still going strong and will be 14 in March!  Her daughter Maddie will be bred to Rendezvous .  We hope to do some AI breedings this year including Whinchezter, Walker Farm Honor System, and perhaps Stonybrook Cavalier.  These past few years have been a rebuilding time for us and we really like our Rendezvous daughters.   He is throwing such consistency and lovely mammaries.

We were thrilled when our Oberhasli buck Udderly Crazy Holy Roller LA 92 EEE!  He has produced some lovely kids for us.  His 2 year old daughters from his breeding to CH Welbian Farm's Hot to Trot have done very well this year as 1st freshening two year olds.  Both have earned championship legs.  Our Oberhasli herd is small and stem mostly from Hot to Trot and CH Sparkling Acres Dixie Sunshine.  We used Devonshire Finite Moment this year are very pleased with the kids from his breedings.  All have lovely general appearance.   Thank you to Dave and Sally Graybill for letting him come for a visit!  We sadly lost Sir Echo Bricker's Ritz to some type of anaphylactic shock .  We are fortunate to have one yearling daughter from him that is lovely.  Thank you Sandy for sending him to us.

Our last breed is the Saanens.  I have really come to like these animals.  They are just awesome!  Lotus LA 92, Serenity LA 91, Lucy LA 91 , and Sarah LA90. Tranquility (RG) LA 90.Ad Lib LA87 (1st Freshening 2 year old), Iris LA 86 (yearling) and Harmony (RG)LA 85 (yearling).  Macabee has given us some lovely daughters.   Our new Junior Herdsire Loughlin;s Duncan was used only a few times but we do like what he has produced.  I never thought I would see so many white does in the barn!!

We will only be breeding between 20 and 25 does this year.   All 11  doe kids that we are keeping will be kept as dry yearlings .    We are presently milking 15 does and enjoying the lesser work load.
Now the fun begins to work out our breedings plans.   We have not been to very many shows this year but do hope to make the National Show next year in Kentucky.

We are fortunate to still have Michael with us as he is such a helper and loves to go over those pedigrees!!

I am in the process of updating the website and will get the projected breedings on as soon as we make the decisions.

Hope everyone has a wonderful fall !

Donna, Glen , and Michael

Saturday, January 26, 2013

January 26,2013 Welbian Farm Update

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.   It is such a beautiful time of the year and seems to bring out the best in us!  I love Christmas time with all the Christmas music and  decorations and good spirit.

We have been busy here at Welbian Farm since our last visit.   We decided that we needed to cut back on the number of animals as we are not getting any younger!  We reduced our Lamancha herd down to our CH Sweetie Pie and her daughter who will be a dry yearling.  Our Shady Lawn buck  Crusader went to Kathy Gigas in Maine and we hope he gives her some beautiful babies.

We also reduced our Alpines and just kept the Waiilatpu sisters who are now 11 and will stay with us until they die.  We also kept Christal Clum's two does who are 8 and 7.  Most of our does are getting on in age!
We sold our Spotlight Sale buck Kickapoo-Valley Zeus to a nice young man in Canada although against our better judgment (remember we were cutting back) bred him to Cherubim and Lainey!  We also kept Cherubim's twin does from last year.  Glen likes his Alpines and we will be taking back our Cherubim/Sasin son in the spring to linebred on the doe kids.

The Nigerians are all gone . We enjoyed them and so did the grandchildren and  I admire the folks that can show them because I would never be able to straighten up again !!

We will always have Toggenburgs!  We are so pleased with the young stock that are the result of our Spot Light Sale buck Rowe's Falcon  Rendezvous breedings.  He reminds me so much of  Sun-Kissed Whinchezter in that he is throwing consistency and mammaries like Whin did.   We have a son out of Madison and Rendezvous, Mad Max, who will have daughters in milk this spring and we are looking forward to seeing them.   Jeff Klein has his full brother.  Madison will be 13 in March . I don't think she will have kids this year  but time will tell.  We are excited to have one of our Tavoli daughters AI'd to Welbian Farm's Whin's Badger.    We  have kept two  Togg buck from our 2012  kiddings: A Tavoli/Flashpoint son and a Round Robin /Mad Max son.

We have become quite fond of our growing Saanen herd.  I always put my foot in my mouth and remember saying many year ago that I didn't like color breeds as you could never tell them apart.  Now I sit with egg on my face as usual as our 3 main breeds are color breeds!!!  We were blessed to get a wonderful start in Saanens from such breeder as Billy Woodwood, Kristin Loughlin, Joan Zahnizer, and our dear friend, Jean Hurlburt who would have never given up her babies if she didn't have to . CH McQuitty Farm WMV Macabee has produced some beautiful offsprings for us.  He is getting some age on him so we purchased a young buck from Kristen Loughlin this past fall that will line breed well with our lines.   We also added a Hi-Land Lotus son from Jean.  Our Hi-Land  does have had a year to settle in their new home and we are anxious to see them at their best this year.

We cut back quite a bit on our Oberhasli last year as we now have decided what we want in our Obers.  We sent Sparkling Acres Hot Shot to visit with Dave and Sally Graybill, owners of the  Owl-Ridge Oberhasli herd and they in return sent us Devonshire Finite Moment who is the littermate brother to CH Devonshire Finesse who we lost this past year.   He has beautiful general appearance like his sister and has some lovely daughters!  We have also used Heaven Hollow's Abel quite a bit this year .We brought back a Cream of Kansas doe that we had let out for a few years.  Beth Kennelly has a nice daughter out of her down in Florida so we are excited to see what she has.

Now we are preparing for a busy kidding season as we have about 40 does bred and we hand bottle feed all the kids.  (Yes , we really are crazy!!) Last year we kidded out almost 60 does so we are making progress.   We will update our website as kids are born.

Hopefully I can get my son , who has been quite busy, to finish updating the Oberhasli and Togg website.  My goal this year is pictures!!!  Please feel free to also join our page on Facebook.

Hope everyone has a wonderful kidding season .   Donna, Glen , and Mike