When we start talking to customers, we always emphasize that our does are slow to mature. Carmel did not finish her championship until she was six. Her daughter Java at four years old is just starting to develop the capacity that she needs to win, and has two legs towards her championship. But with that slow maturity comes longevity. Carmel is going to be nine years old this year and is still going strong. She is standing on great feet with really strong pasterns that give no hints to her age. The only suggestion of her age would be her drop in milk production this year but we attribute the majority of that to only having a single kid this year. Her dam, our herd queen, Candy is still going strong and will be thirteen come May. She may not have the greatest feet but her pasterns are still strong. She still is able to hop up on the milk stand each day to get a bit of grain and is still the dominant goat in the herd. Likewise, our buck Expresso is going to be eight years old this year. He actually finished his championship this year at his 2nd show out ever with a record of 8x 1st, 3x RGCH, 5x GCH and 1x BBIS. So like I said, longevity is key in our breeding program. We love these animals and want them to be around forever (or as long as possible).
Here are a few pictures of some does in our herd to showcase the change in maturity and longevity of our herd.
And just for good measure our favorite boy!