Farm History

Breeding LaManchas since 2001 and Nigerians since 2003. Just through the purest luck I started out with a very pretty and milky LaMancha doe, a retired 4H goat I bought in the Little Nickel for $50. From those humble beginnings the farm morphed into a Grade A Dairy by 2008, selling cheese and cajeta around the area, everywhere from the Pacific Grill in Tacoma to the late lamented Key Peninsula Farmer’s Market to the old Terry’s Berries in Puyallup. I now specialize in classes and no longer hold the WSDA license but still – and always did – breed for milk first. The rest follows.

The herd is vaccinated for CDT, all breeding stock tested CAE negative. On the Key Peninsula, just outside the old anarchist colony of Home. By appointment only.

For Sale - Pet Wethers

COMING SOON…

A pair of wethers born hours apart, one from Sandy and one from Dot. One black and white, one buckskin. Pictures coming; available toward the end of September. They will be $100 each or $175 together. Bob and Bambi (below) went to a lovely new home and are no longer available. We miss them.

 

The Tobo Triplets

Melville, Ferdinand, and Moby / 50/50 minimanchas

Ferdinand and Melville love people and are very friendly. Moby is a little less friendly but not too bad. Melville is a tiny mini-mancha with blue eyes and adorable elf ears; Ferdinand is very splashy with both white and moonspots. Moby, the biggest, has blue eyes and stylish LaMancha coloring. They would like to stay together and the price is reduced accordingly, $100 each or $250 for all three. A perfect starter herd for someone needin a bit of adorable blackberry control.

For Sale - Breeding Stock

"Bluebelle" & BOGO Bubbles - from the heavy-milking Belle line

Clover x Starlord

Nigerian Dwarf doeling; Herron Hill Holland Park; barn name “BlueBelle.”

Years ago I saw an ad for a horse for sale in the Capital Press. I can’t remember the price, but it was quite high for the time, especially considering that the ad was filled with a long list of the horse’s bad qualities: he was stubborn, hard to catch, hard to load, had bitten a couple of people, and in general had – this was the last line of the ad – “too many of his own opinions.”

I always thought that ad was probably the result of a husband (probably one of the people the horse had bitten) asking his wife, “have you even tried to sell that horse?”

And the wife saying, “Of course. I put an ad in the paper.”

In the spirit of that long ago ad, I have decided again to put BlueBelle up for sale. On the plus side, she is from a very productive and consistently milky line. Her mother is a 9-year-old who kids easily, milks well, stands on good feet and legs, and in general takes care of business. Bluebelle is very colorful and cute, if that matters. As far as personality BlueBelle is A CHARACTER and an escape artist – something else that runs in the family. If there is a hole in your fence, she will find it. If there isn’t a hole in your fence, she will make one. If you have ever read the Jean Stafford short story “Bad Characters,” you will recognize immediately that she is a kindred spirit with the shoplifting, cake-thieving, devil-may-care Lottie Jump. Think twice before considering BlueBelle, she is a hoodlum.

And there is no doubt that she has too many of her own opinions. Far too many.

She comes from classic Herron Hill lines, mostly Algedi and Poppy Patch on top, Promisedland and Herron Hill on the bottom. Clover is a Boxcar Betty daughter, still going strong, milks well and kids very easily. Black & White; Blue eyes. $500 and this is a BOGO: she comes with her wether brother Bubbles. Bubbles is blond and blue-eyed, he has a salivary cyst (vet-checked) on one cheek that does not affect his health at all. Bubbles is rather chubby and would benefit from a calorie reduction. As would I.

Herron Hill CB Blue Clover + Poppy Patch OR Starlord

Dot X Baker? -- even more milk

Dot is one of the four best Nigerian milkers ever born here. (Izzy, Belle Starr, Dot, and probably Cora Belle, each of whom peaked over 7 pounds). They all go back to Hannah Belle and the family in general milks very well. Dot’s kids are caught in the double whammy of NG and DNA – they are believed to be Baker’s (Wembley x Kane) kids but need to be DNA’d. Baker can’t be DNAd because his registration application has been sitting in a folder at the ADGA office since March. If they are not Baker kids, they are Fordy kids. In any case, they can’t be papered or dna’d until Baker is registered and dna’d and that has stretched on for 6 months already so it’s anyone’s guess. And they should show pretty well also, although this family tends to be a bit slow maturing. In general they are 2F before hitting their stride. Not always, Izzy came right out of the gate. Pictures of Dot’s udder, Belle Starr udder, Fordy; the girls are priced at $600 each but may not be registrable for a while. 

Dot has an extraordinarily capacious udder and a beautifully extended fore. She milks like a house on fire. You could spend a lot more, but you will not find better milk prospects. 

Dot Pedigree

Baker pedigree

Fordy pedigree

Kane pedigree

Wembley pedigree

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Herron Hill – on the Key Peninsula a little over an hour west and south of Seattle. Breeding purebred Nigerian Dwarfs since 2003. Starting to get pretty good at it.