So...breeding plan is not the best title for this section. We had several break-ins and a temporary predator problem which resulted in me making the decision to run my bucks with my does to keep them closer to the house. I figured they had already availed themselves of spending quality breeding time together so why not go all in? As the does kid and I get DNA testing done I will replace the current pictures of the buck with pictures of the actual sire in each pairing. The good news is that this is my first year with these bucks so there is always next year to try a different paring.
Goal: Beauty has amazing milk in her lines. The goal of this breeding is to improve softness of the udder, capacity and flow. Although Beauty is a first freshener and may already have these attributes. Tobias has Aspen as a grandma so we are hopeful these qualities will be strong.
Kidded: March 12, 2020
Goal: Goal: Faith's dam had great udder capacity, long teats with good placement, and long lactation. This will be Faith's first freshening and we are looking for improved udder attachment.
Kidded: March 19, 2020
Due: December kidding planned
Goal: Goal: Charity's dam had great udder capacity, long teats with good placement, and long lactation. This will be Charity's first freshening and we are looking for improved udder attachment.
Goal: Honeycomb's udder is soft and she milks out a lot of milk very easily with large orifices and nicely positioned teats. We hope to improve attachment with this breeding. Both Tobias and Matty have the lines to add attachment so hopefully the DNA test will confirm success.
Goal: With Aspen we want to improve overall confirmation and udder capacity. I believe we can meet this goal with any of our bucks which is good due to the "buck break-ins" we had this year!
Goal: The goal with Rhiza is pretty much the same as with her dam Aspen. I want to improve confirmation and see how Rhiza herself is as a first freshener for milking.
Goal: For Yaveah I just want to add the the great qualities she already brings to the breeding program with her strong milk lines, length of body, and great personality.
Goal: Betsy's dam Moonshadow had a really nice udder to milk and some really good lines in her pedigree. I'm not sure about Moonshadow's capacity and length of lactation. I'm looking forward to seeing how Betsy and her sister Rena freshen and develop as milkers in our herd. Their sire is out of Aspen so I expect I'll be pleased.
Goal: Rena is ready to go on the milk stand! The goal is the same for both Rena and Betsy, to see how they freshen and bred to ensure capacity and length of lactation. Both Aspen and Moonshadow had nice soft udders with ease of milking.