Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats The Garretts raise a small herd of Nigerians. They breed for conformation, milk production, and the occasional moon spots (in that order!).
We test annually, and are a CAE negative herd (last testing results were as of July 2008!).
*Linear Appraisal for herd planned in 2011!*
"THE KIDS": GRUFF & BARTHOLOMEW
Gruff and Bartholomew are two pet wethers bought from a local breeder. Gruff is the one with a bunch of white spots; Bartholomew is black with a matching "racing spot" on either side. Gruff is the timid one of the two, and Bartholomew is the troublemaker! Even at a young age he was already getting into mischief! We lovingly refer to him as the "Evil Genius" of the farm.
PHOLIA FARM RA (GOAT) ZILLA
Zilla is our "moldy goat." We call her that due to her gorgeous moon spots, which sometimes look like mold spots. She is the alpha female in our herd, and an attention hog - er, goat?
Zilla is a good "all around" goat: she has a decent udder capacity and attachments, and nice conformation. As a milker, she has a good production and is very reliable.
APOTHECARY FARM POIT
Poit is the daughter of Zilla on her first freshening. She is a flashy little goat, with moon spots and blue eyes! Like many of the breed, she tends to elbow in on her back legs. Poit is taking after her grandmother's genetics, and is turning out to be quite a pudgy goat. Her nickname on the farm is "Tank Girl." We are excited to see how the cross with Piddlin Acres' BZ Suede Boots improves conformation in her offspring!
PHOLIA FARM HH CHEERIO
(Cheerio's brother is named "Count Chocula")
Cheerio was one of the first kids we ever brought home. Her mother is Pholia Farm's Chloe, a now 5* milker! Cheerio was a very impressive first freshener - she milked more than Zilla on her second freshening! Cheerio has a large udder capacity, but small teats. We are hoping that the cross with our herd sire, Piddlin Acres BZ Suede Boots, will clear that up in her offspring (look for Waffles' first freshening in Spring 2011). Cheerio is definitely the "blonde" on the farm - she's a bit of a space cadet, but she's very lovable. Her conformation is not as nice as Breeze's (who has the best lines on the farm), but she is still a beautiful and well-formed little goat.
Cheerio has been bred to Piddlin Acres BZ Suede Boots for a February 2010 kidding. This is a repeat breeding of last spring, which produced the beautiful (and LARGE!) Waffles.
PHOLIA FARM HH BREEZE
Breeze is one of the other goat babies we brought home early on in the menagerie. She can be a bit obnoxious at times, but still very lovable (and LOUD). Breeze has the best conformation & milking attachments in our herd - though her udder is a little small - and we are VERY excited to see her babies! She has been bred to Piddlin Acres BZ Suede Boots for a February 2010 kidding! Unfortunately, her 2009 buckling, Screech, did not survive, so we are very anxiously awaiting her 2010 babies! Breeze is one of the most acrobatic/adventurous of our female goats, and loves to climb trees and generally give her caretakers a heart attack!
PIDDLIN ACRES CB CITRINE
Citrine is sweet and lovable, and she and Poit are getting along splendidly! Citrine is the farm darling. She also has some of the best conformation I have seen! She has an incredibly level top line, and straight legs. The only thing I would change about her are her (darling) floppy ears. I know that the ADGA judges don't like "airplane ears," but we at Apothecary Farm can't help smiling when we see Citrine's ears flopping along as she runs.
APOTHECARY FARM SB TROZ
Well, we finally got our first batch of Suede Boots offspring! Zilla gave birth to two kids, a boy and a girl. Sadly, the boy (named "Zort") did not make it. He was born weighing less than a pound (nigerians are supposed to weigh at least three pounds at birth), and was incredibly weak. Troz, on the other hand, was born happy, healthy, and RARING TO GO! She is brown with a white spot on her side. She is taking after her sire's side in that she is staying very petite (unlike Waffles), and she has Suede's beautiful lines. Check back for more details as Troz ages!
APOTHECARY FARM SB WAFFLES
Waffles was a BIG baby, and Cheerio (the mom) had to have human assistance with the birth. Waffles looks just like her mom, and is happy, healthy, and beautiful! Check back for more pictures and updates as she ages!
PHOLIA FARM KM GOLIATH
Our original herd sire, as well as the lovely Poit's daddy! Goliath's farm nickname is "Paul Bunyan" because he is such a burly, manly goat.
Goliath had a 2007 Linear Appraisal of G+ 83
PIDDLIN ACRES SUEDE BOOTS
Our other herd sire. From the amazing bloodlines of Lost Valley TB Bonzai and MCH/CH Piddlin Acres V Tessa's Boots! This little guy should produce some very spectacular milkers!! Suede has EXCELLENT conformation, and is one of the daintiest bucks I have ever seen. We are excited to introduce his genetics into our herd. His daintiness has earned him the farm nickname "Metrosexual."
More photos and descriptions coming soon!