What have we been up to? Oh you know, not a whole lot, just some kidding around. We are wrapping up our kidding season with Cotton Candy in our kidding pen now and Amata who is expected to kid this upcoming week. We have been blessed with 17 kids so far, 5 boys and 12 girls! And let me tell you, it was about time! We have been waiting 3 years for some of these kids. We have been using Striker for 3 years now and this is the first year we have had girls. So he is making up for lost time, to say the least. For example, Carmel finally gave us a girl from Striker after giving us 5 buck kids over the last two years. This adorable doe kid is King’s Rock 3rd Times A Charm and was absolutely worth the wait. She is not only adorable but very correct and we can’t wait to watch her grown up! All the kids we have had so far are breathtaking and each one who comes out is a “keeper”!
However, I can’t keep them all and so am going to be facing some really tough decisions in the near future. I think I am trying to justify keeping 5 right now and I am not even sure if I have the space for those! And that isn’t including any potential kids that our last two does have. And there are several other doe kids that I would keep in a heartbeat. But numbers have to be kept back. Our herd is pretty much at capacity now and adding 5 more does to the milking string, even two years from now is going to be pushing it past what we can manage. Granted, we will probably retire some does in the meantime and maybe sell a few but as everyone knows, it gets tough. You grow attached to animals so when the time comes to make the necessary cuts, the personal attachment weighs in and influences your decisions. So now I have a barn full of animals, but honestly, I really can’t complain about who is in my barn. I have no animals I would want to get rid of; I just want to keep everyone! But that is for decisions in the future, for now, I get to enjoy all of them!
Besides from the new additions to the herd, we have some pretty exciting happenings going on in general. We are officially an active ADGA Plus member this year participating in Linear Appraisal, DHIA and DNA testing. We became ADGA Plus members last year but were not able to start up our milk testing. We are on milk test this year and can’t be happier with the results from our first test. I love the information you are able to get from it- the pounds of milk, the butterfat content, the protein, and also the Somatic Cell Counts! (And this is just scratching the surface!) I am already hooked and can’t wait till the next test. We are on the DHIR-20 program (I believe) so we have a tester come once a month to test and will have to arrange for a separate tester to come and do a verification test in the next few months. Results are posted and will continue to be posted on our Facebook page. Also, if anyone needs, I am also a Certified Tester with Dairy One and can do milk testing for your herd. Just contact me and we can arrange. We also completed DNA testing on our two herdsires, Fox’s Pride LFR Expresso and Risin’ Creek Wen Khaos Strikes. I will be sending in more shortly and my goal is to have our whole herd (or at least the mature animals) all DNA typed by 2017. I am going to do a few each month and hopefully, I can be done before the year is over.
But for now, it is waiting and watching Cotton Candy on our barn cam. Fingers crossed she has a girl in there! And pretty soon, we will be busy with showing. There really is never a dull moment here!
I know this update is very much delayed, so if you have any questions about what has been going on at King's Rock, comment and I will answer!