During the Spring we see the flowers blooming and know that our busiest season, Kidding Season will soon be in full swing; this is a "Bittersweet" time when we can't wait to see what we will soon be in our barns; but it's also the time that worry goes hand in hand with each kidding. The next season of the year is Show Season; this is when we meet ourselves coming and going having extra chores to do; this is especially hard during the early shows when we may still have does to kid. Along with the aroma of our bucks comes the Breeding Season. Along with Breeding Season comes Fall when the front of the house could only be described as "Goat Heaven" ... I dream about chocolate and the goats dream about all those leaves in the front yard. Then before we know it the temperature drops, the snow starts flying and it's snow cone time. During these cold Winter days we keep a watchful eye on each of the does as we start biting our nails waiting yet again to see what kids we will be blessed with and of course watch the does as they freshen to see if our carefully planned breedings produced what we had hoped for.
The bucks have been hard at work; the does continue to spread out with each new day as though they are going to populate the world with their offspring Our kiddings start mid March and all of the mature does should be through kidding by the first part of April with the first fresheners kidding late May to the first part of June. If you would like to see who is bred to whom just click the BREEDING link further down on the left side of this page. I hope you can take the time to also peruse the entire website! Please feel free to e-mail or call with any questions you may have; contact information is on CONTACT link.
|The LaMancha herd started in 1981 with one little cream colored doe that was presented to me all wrapped up with a pink bow (my Nubians didn't know what they were in for). That doe grew up to be GCH Gold Country Rose Kismet 4*M. Kismet was the 2nd place 3 year old at the '84 Nationals and 4th place 5 years and over at the '87 Nationals (before there was a 7 years and over class). Kismet was a 2nd generation GCH and produced at least three GCH daughters and MANY champion grand and great-grand daughters. You will find her in many of today's top LaMancha herds.|
A Very Big THANK YOU goes out to Ruth Caplon of for her purchase of Spotlights On Me at the 2012 Spotlight Sale.
The 2012 breeding season is complete. be sure to check "Breeding List" page (which has been updated) that the kid reservations are starting to come in, don't be disappointed by missing out on your new herd addition because you waited too long to send in your reservation.
Please take a few minutes and go to the "Fun Pictures" page, I will try to update snapshots that I take of the herd and just around the farm snaps. You will also find a few pictures that I took several years ago of a goat skeleton; I feel these are interesting, educational shots that show why we all have to be concentrating on breeding "Correct" goats. There is not a lot of frame to hold up our goat friends; if they are not correct they end up being in pain which leads to more that just a few problems. By the way, there is also a picture that proves that goats really do fly ... check it out.
I have added a link to
Barlin Chain and Supplies. It is hard for me to think
that Barb has passed away; my mind just doesn't want to grasp it. I have decided to keep our "little business"
going. When you go to the Barlin area of this website you will not
only find the products we carry but also helpful (we hope) information
|BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE NEW ADDITIONS TO THE SEMEN LIST|
Welcome to the
website for the Timber*Cove "earless wonders", otherwise known as
LaManchas. If you are new to the LaMancha breed of dairy goats; I feel
I have to warn you that they are very "clown like" and will take your
heart and steal it ... In my opinion, there is no other breed of Dairy
Goat like the LaMancha (yes, I'm just a little biased).
A little herd history
and how I evolved from a "city born and raised person" to being owned by
these wonderful creatures called Dairy Goats. Back in the very early
70's we lived in suburbia. Since we had always been animal
oriented we decided to sign my niece
and nephew up for 4-H. When my nephew came home from his first general
meeting, he told us he had signed up for two projects and gave me a
choice of what he was going to get; the two projects were Wildlife and
Dairy Goats ... my choice was between a Tarantula or a Dairy Goat. At that time
in my life I couldn't handle anything with more than four legs, so the
choice was a simple one for me. The University of CA, Irvine had donated
2 acres of land for the 4-H club to use as a farm, so we would make the
14 mile round trip twice a day to care for the goats ... yes, that is
"goats" in plural since the herd
grew fast. I was hooked from the very beginning and cannot imagine my
life without my goats. The two-legged kids grew up and went on to other
passions in life and the goats took over my life. I have now been
raising dairy goats for over 35 years (closer to 40…yikes, I’m not
sure I want to think it has been that long). Up until 1981 the herd
consisted of only Nubians. In February of 1981 a friend, Sheila Raymond
(Gold Country LaManchas) presented me with a three day old little cream
package (complete with a bow) who I named Kismet. I had shown Kismet’s
dam to her Championship (and several BOB and BDIS) and Sheila felt I
should have at least one LaMancha in the herd. Sure, just one LaMancha;
Sheila knew exactly what she was doing. Well, it didn’t take much time
for GCH Gold Country Rose Kismet 3*M to take over my heart, the herd (oh
what a herd boss she was), and the show ring. Kismet finished her
Championship as a 2 year old, and through her 8-year show career was
many times BOB and BDIS (actually, she was BDIS 1 week before she died
of anaphylactic shock), she was the 2nd place 3 Year Old at
the ’84 Nationals, the 4th place 5 yrs and over at the ’87
Nationals, produced 3 GCH daughters (2 in my herd LA 90) who in their
own turn produced Champions and many other offspring, sons and daughters
that have and are producing champions; and it goes on and on and on.
Though Kismet is no longer alive, she still lives on in mine and many
other herds as well as in my heart. You will find Kismet offspring as the
of many of today’s top herds.
I like to make sure
anyone who is considering adding a Timber*Cove animal to their breeding
program knows that the line is usually slow to mature (don’t expect
yearlings that look like 3 year olds). My lines have lots of longevity;
I lost my almost 17 year old, GCH Dew Time (older sister to Dew Say who is the
dam of Sir Hershey, Saylor, Clown and Honey Dew) in 2007 after the worst
ice storm the state of Missouri had seen in over 20 years (the Missouri
residency was for only a few months). I feel that
this longevity is in part due to the fact that I demand that my goats be
correct in type and strong in general appearance, all must stand on good
feet and legs (that along with temperament are real high on my list of
“must haves”). My stock is medium in size; this is not to say they are
short, they have a long bone pattern. We all have our likes and
dislikes, and we all have to look at our goats on a daily basis; we had
better like what we see and I enjoy looking at my herd. After saying
that, I would like for those of you contemplating adding Timber*Cove
breeding stock to your breeding program to be sure you will be
comfortable with a little slower maturing line...I personally feel they
are worth the wait. When you visit the doe page you will notice that
each appraised animal has a breakdown of traits; hopefully this will
give you more of an image of the stock. I am very proud to say
that many bucks and does from my herd have gone on to prove
themselves in other herds ... I can take credit for the choice of
breeding these animals, but I certainly would be remiss if I didn't
state that my contribution of genetics would/could stop if not for the
purchasers of these animals caring and managing them correctly.
A few years ago
I was able to experience the wonder of embryo transfers, this, thanks to
the expertise of Dr. Bill Davis of Santa Rosa, CA. This is an
experience that I wish to repeat; plans to do so a couple of years ago were
cancelled, but I hope to do so again within the next few years!
If you have visited this website in the past (pre 2010), you will notice the
absence of several of the does and a couple of bucks. The size of
the herd had to be decreased to a manageable number (more still need to
go to new homes). It was heart
wrenching to see several of my special girls go; but the fact that they
went to homes where they are appreciated helps to soften them moving on.
The choice of
breedings is a very well thought through process (and at times, an
agonizing one); there are reasons for each, though sometimes it is hard
to choose when there are so many quality herd sires available; each
strong in certain areas, all strong in depth of pedigree. You will
notice when going through the herd's pedigrees that I tend to line bred
on "dam lines" (for the most part).
MY THOUGHTS ON FEEDING
RAW MILK: I am aware that many dairy goat breeders are now comfortable
feeding raw milk to their kids; as one who was in the "pasteurization
thing" from the beginning (and still heat treats and pasteurizes) I feel I
would be remiss if I didn't point out a few facts and experiences. First
the way CAE took over the goat industry so fast is that many breeders
(including myself) thought that allowing kids to nurse their dam caused
temperament/attitude problems (not being "humanized") and that those of
us who bottle feed (lambars in those days were big, bulky and metal)
would have kids that were more responsive to people, hence easier to
handle. This to a point is/was true, except for those people who took
the time to sit with the kids and allow the dams to show the kids that
"their humans" are not to be feared, but loved. We all thought we
were so smart by pooling milk and then bottle feeding ...
this is exactly how CAE transmitted itself. One doe with what we all
called "big knees"
or congested udders and then more does with big knees
and/or hard udders. Most
of us were not aware that it was a type of virus that caused the joint
and udder problems. We all need to take a look at and be aware of the other things that can be
passed on to our kids (4-legged) through raw milk:
Please feel free to
contact me with any questions you may have and again, thank you for
showing interest in the Timber*Cove LaManchas.
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