Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Welbian Farm Update January 2016

Family and Goat News from Welbian Farm Jan. 2016

It has been a while since I have updated our website with family /animal news! I had decided that as we were getting “older” we might enjoy those cold winter nights with a little “lap” dog for company. As usual, Glen thought I was getting senile and said no dogs. Well, we now have two little Peek-a Poo sisters Muffin and Biscuit,and they are the joy of our lives! Never thought little dogs could be so loving. We have always had Pointers. Then, the unexpected happened--our daughter and son-in-law asked us to take their dog as they no longer have children at home and they lead busy lives and the dog was so lonesome. So Reggie has come to live with us --all 210 pounds of Old English Mastiff!! The Pearce household has really gone to the dogs! The little girls are now 7 years old and Reggie is 10. We have had him  since he was 4 years old. A gentle giant to say the least!

Our oldest grandchildren are all grown up . Kelly got married this past June. They are all living away. Micki lives in Myrtle Beach and Randi lives in Florida. These are our oldest daughter Ellen and her husband Jon's children. Ellen and Jon are spending their first winter in Myrtle Beach this year so we no longer have any of  our children close by.

Our next daughter Nancy lives near Ottawa with her husband Mike and their two boys Tyler 12 and Zach 10. Of course living in Canada you have to know that they live their lives playing Hockey !! We try to get to some of their tournaments and enjoy watching them.

Our youngest daughter Rebecca and her husband Steve live near Ocala, Florida with their 10 year old daughter Kylie. They are pretty much still into horses and Kylie has been showing since she was 5 years old. Both her Mom and Dad showed horses growing up !

Sadly we lost our only son to ALS on Valentine's Day 2014. He left behind a little 4 and 1/2 year old son Michael for whom he was the main caregiver. Michael now lives with his mother but we are so blessed to have him close by and see him often. He brings us much joy.

Michael Binion is no longer with us as he is now living in Albany and helping out a friend there ! He will be missed and we wish him the best and thank him for all he has done for us.

On to our goat updates:

Alpines: We have dispersed our Alpine Herd and have one Togg/Alpine Experimental kid.

Lamanchas: Another difficult decision was to disperse our Lamancha herd and again we have an Experimental kid!

Oberhasli: Because of family illness we have cut way back on all our animals and only have 5 Oberhasli does and 2 bucks . Hot to Trot is now 10 years old and still looks wonderful !

Toggenburgs: We said goodbye to some grand old does this year including our beloved Madison and her daughter Maddie. We also lost our spotlight sale buck, Rowe's Falcon Rendezvous, a devastating blow to our breeding program. Thanks to Joan and Charlie Rowe, we now have a new Junior Herdsire , Rowe's Flash Drive !! Again we had to make some difficult decisions and only maintained about 10
 Toggenburg does and three bucks.

Saanens: Our Saanen herd has been dispersed except for CH Hi-Land Lotus who is 10 years old and did not breed last year so we will try to crossbreed her .

We are down to 23 animals and will continue with them as long as we are able. There comes that time in all our lives when we have to make that final decision. Until that time , we will continue to breed the best Toggenburgs and Oberhasli that we are able to !!

Glen and Donna Pearce
204 Davern Road
Peru, NY 12972

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