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breeding mini manchas

Started by Deborah Niemann-Boehle. Last reply by Shar Mar 21, 2010. 4 Replies

I'm looking for advice on getting my la mancha does pregnant with a ND buck. I'll try just about anything at this point, since one of my girls will be three next summer and (if she gets pregnant)…Continue

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Comment by Elyse Nicholson on March 1, 2010 at 11:45am
Got the pictures taken and sent them off! Let me know if you do not receive them!
Comment by Patricia Stewart on February 21, 2010 at 10:17am
I got your previous email. Just too busy to write back, sorry. Teaching a class in a couple of hours. Yes, I have your article. Thanks,
Comment by Elyse Nicholson on February 21, 2010 at 9:42am
Just wanted to let you know that I am working on getting pictures taken for the next article and should have them in by 2nd. Also do you still have my part two on file or do I need to send it again?

Thanks Pat!
Comment by Susan Landoll on February 15, 2010 at 8:19pm
About the magazine 'Ruminations', I received the subscription as a gift from my husband and I love it! There is so much information to read. Although I have raised dairy goats for 13 years, I am new to the Nigerian Dwarf Breed. I was having a hard time finding specific information about Nigerians and Ruminations was the answer. Thank you so much.
Comment by Patricia Stewart on February 15, 2010 at 7:16am
I'll fix the site today. Thanks for reminding me.
Comment by Jane Wagman on February 14, 2010 at 6:30pm
I read about that and am planning on doing it - just have to figure out where my kids hid my last issue. :) My daughter, who is 5, likes looking at all the pictures and telling me which ones she wants. I couldn't find the info on the website which is why I'm searching for my hard copy.
Comment by Patricia Stewart on February 14, 2010 at 4:57pm
Ruminations is offering a no cost option for people who can't or don't want to be on test. It does allow you to compare your goats with other goats, though, as far as milk weight and length of lactation. You can learn more about it at I agree, unless people are milking, it's hard to know what the doe is doing. Udders can lie :)
Comment by Jane Wagman on February 14, 2010 at 4:21pm
I left you a comment on your blog about your "ethics question" discussion. But I'll repeat my opinion here...

Personally I put more stock in the combination of LA and milk test scores than I do in showing. In shows you are simply looking for the best out of that particular group, if they are all pretty mediocre then the results don't really mean much.

I've been searching for a new buck recently and its like pulling teeth sometimes to get breeders to tell me HOW MUCH a doe is milking. Telling me she has "nice capacity" doesn't really tell me anything. Even if its just barn records I would prefer to know actual amounts.

So far I haven't had either LA or Milk Test done on my little herd, I just don't have the money for either at the moment, but they are at the top of my list of wants/needs for improving my herd.
Comment by Patricia Stewart on January 21, 2010 at 10:31am
That would be great. Thanks,
Comment by Elyse Nicholson on January 21, 2010 at 10:23am
Great! Seeing how it is just a county newsletter, I think it will be fine - unless you think I need something. I just wanted to add Workings Goats as something to teach the members and didn't want to rewrite it all and thought the members might enjoy hearing about a another goat magazine! I plan on putting some info on your magazine in the newsletter as we have a few Nigerian/small breed owners.


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