Hello and welcome to my new site. My name is Roxey Gordon and I have been raising goats since 1989 at Strasbourg Saskatchewan. In that time I have had quite a number of breeds come through the barn doors. But now have settled on some breeds and goats that suit my management style. Lamancha's , Nubian's, and a few recorded grade Saanen's that I am planning on breeding up to Canadian.
I have had nubians right from the start. I fell in love with a little doe named Daffodil. I love the look of the Nubians, they have a graceful appearance, i love the personalities as the ones I have are quite affectionate. They were my first love.
The Lamancha's I aquired. When my nephews were little , Andy (who helped me a lot with the goats and liked showing them also) decided that he liked the Lamancha's best. I agreed to buy him a breeding pair and Lorraine Keeping was wonderful in getting Andy a couple really nice animals. When Andy grew up and moved onto other things I got the Lamancha's and have never regretted it. I have found the Lamancha's to be a bit more thoughtful. They really learn from watching. I have found them easy to train, steady milkers, and they are very hardy (even with our cold winters).
The Saanens, well, I've always liked the looks of them. When I got into goats breeding stock was very scarce. its only recently that there has been an upsurge in the popularity of the breed. I had gotten rid of my Alpines ( I just couldn't take their bad attitudes and bad influences on the herd anymore) and I thought I would get a couple grades I knew were available , and check for temperment & compatability. I have one that seems to be very bossy, but you get that in any breed. They do seem to be better than the Alpines in fitting in with the Nubians and Lamancha's. I do plan to breed them up to Canadians.
Here on the homeplace, I try to breed for animals that will do well on a minimum of inputs. I don't think they should be made into high maintenance animals by pampering them. They get fed barley which is grown organically, and our organic hay which is a mixture of alfalfa, brome grass, and native grasses such as crested wheat, and whatever weeds and slough hay that gets into the mixture. They obtain different things from the variety obtained in their diet. They also get free choice minerals and salt. The diet varies slightly depending on the year. In the summer they have access to a pasture adjacent to the barn yard they are kept in.
I have started back on a CAE / CL prevention program with my kids. This is my second year back on. Unfortunately at this time I do not have blood tests to support the "free" status, but kids are pulled at birth, fed freeze dried colostrum and then raised on pasturized milk/ milk replacer/ pasturized cow milk. They are vaccinated with an 8 way vaccine and given sel/vit E shots when born.
I like a bit of a more substantial animal in body size that still produces. With the weather conditions as they are and the winters being such as they are I have found that these animals hold up better. They maintain their weight easier, milk easier, and tolerate changes easier. I don't like to push for growth and production too quickly. I find those animals breakdown quicker and just don't last. I like my animals to be around at an old age.
So within the site you will find my does, bucks, and kids that I have here on the home place. I hope you like what you see. If you ever want to talk goats, kids, don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks for visiting my site and hope to talk to you soon.