Thank you for your interest in our herd of Nubians, Alpines and Oberhaslis. We maintain a small herd for our family enjoyment in the famous Happy Valley of Central Pennsylvania. Our herd began, like so many other great herds, as a 4-H project. Our original grade doe laid the foundation for a great Nubian herd. It was this American line, that produced our most famous doe, SGCH Kori-Brook Un-Break Mi Corazon 1*M.
Cori was a 2nd generation American Nubian. She achieved so many of the goals that I had set for myself as an eager, young 4-Her. The following is a list of Cori's achievements:
Cori was a once in a lifetime goat and she was my best friend. She rocked the dairy goat world in 2006 and I am just grateful that she took us along for the ride. The current Nubians are either descended from Cori or from Cori's paternal ½ sister, SGCH Dancers-Ridge Vinnie Madelyn 1*M. In 2015, we decided to test the majority of the herd for the G6S mutation. We were quite pleased when all 9 Nubians, including our 3 herdsires, tested Normal. There are currently only 2 animals of unknown status in the herd and those 2 will be tested within the next year.
The Alpine portion of the herd is based mainly on the Walnut Fork herd of West Virginia. We are now using AI to add in some of the lovely Redwood Hills and Tempo Aquila genetics from the west coast. While not as well known as their Nubian herdmates, the Alpine does are forging ahead with several Grand Champion and Best of Breed wins. In 2012, we brought home our very first Best in Show with GCH Walnut-Fork Sault Kansa 10*M.
Family and financial commitments in 2015 necessitated cutting the herd even more and the difficult decision was made to sell off the small Oberhasli portion of the herd. We thoroughly enjoyed our Obers, however, we decided to cut the Obers and focus on our other breeds. Our foundation doe, GCH Sparkling-Acres Rae of Hope, is retired and will remain with the herd.
Before combining herds, Josh had started an adventure into Toggenburgs with a raffle doe kid. This doe proved to be a great starter doe, Betty's Acres J Deeane appraised 90 at 4 years of age. Sadly, Deeane is CAE positive and therefore does not reside at our farm. She lives at a family member's farm and we are lucky enough to have settled her AI. In 2013, we welcomed our first Toggenburg doe kid from Deeane, Kori-Brook Rising Phoenix. That kid, now a milking 2yr old, is the foundation of the Toggenburg portion of our herd.
The health of our animals is a priority. Our kids are raised on a CAE prevention program and all animals are tested annually (prior to kidding) for CAE. Fortunately, we have had wonderful success in eradicating CAE from our herd and have not had a positive test in our does that have been raised on our meticulous program. Our does are dewormed only as needed based on fecal testing. All bucks are vaccinated in late summer with CDT and BoSe in anticipation of breeding season. All bred does receive their injections of CDT and BoSe 4 to 6 weeks prior to kidding to insure quality colostrum and healthy kids. We are free of sore mouth and caseous lymphadenitis. Our herd is protected from human and animal predators by our livestock guardian dog, Zora.
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Quad AI Doe Kids!! March 2007
Joshua Cox and Lennie Rae Vangorder, VMD
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