Gypsy Moon CM Airess E'lan delivered buck/doe twins early Monday morning, unassisted. They are sired by Helmstead Minis FF Scorch. Names and availability will be announced soon. Mom and babies are happy and healthy.
Next to kid...Jasper Pine Precious. Her kids are sired by Helmstead Minis FF Scorch. Anytime now. =)
I have added some spring pairings to the kidding schedule. Spring kids will start arriving at the end of January. Reservations are OPEN on these breedings. More will be added soon as they are bred.
PS- Someday soon...I will get caught up with pictures and pedigree pages.
USDA Results were posted in ADGA this morning, and Twin Willows TIO Ambrosia Ann has hit 21 lbs of butterfat at 159 days fresh as a first freshener. Her littermate sister Twin Willows TIO Apple Blossom is a mere ONE pound away from starring. We will keep her milking until her next test to make sure she stars this lactation.
We are tired, and we need a short break. We are in the process of drying off all of our does. This season we will have starred 6 out of 8 does. I would say that's a pretty good year. We expect to start turning in dry doe sheets starting next week and we will get official notification of stars earned.
We are also working on Spring breedings, and figuring out who gets bred to whom this year. We have a couple of does due yet this year, and we expect to start kidding for Spring around the last of January, first of February. Life is never dull on Twin Willows Farm!
Workshop: Exploring Goat Husbandry
Friday August 22nd
Upgrades Training Center
109 S 5th Street
Logansport, Indiana 46947
Instructor: Erica Hopkins, Twin Willows Farm
$25 per family
Reserve your spot in the workshop at www.upgradestrainingcenter.com/sign-up.html
Yesterday, Brandon and I made a trip down to see our good friend, Jill Maple-Thomas, of Sinai Thunder Farm in central Kentucky. We spent several hours with Jill catching up and having a great time, and we brought home our new little boy, Joshua. We are SOO blessed to be able to add this boy to our herdsires. Joshua is the progeny of Olson Acres RC Augustine *B (AGS Lost Valley KW Raising Cain X GCH Olson Acres Monica 1*M) and Kaapio Acres HH Redemption 1*M/AR 1*B/AR (CH/MCHKaapio Acres Hot Habanero X Rosasharn GX Cinnamon D). To say that this little guy has milk behind him, is a vast understatement. His sire comes from a long line of milk, and his dam has consistently been in the Top Ten list since her first freshening.
Here is a list of his dam's current accomplishments:
2013 AGS National Top 10 305 Day Test (in ALL 3 categories)
2013 AGS Top 10 1 Day Test (in ALL 4 categories)
6# High (2x) on Test Day (Score: 85.30)
As a First Freshener:
**** 2012 AGS National Top Ten 1 Day Milk Test: #1 in Overall Score ****
2012 AGS National Top Ten 1 Day Milk Test: #3 in Milk Production
2012 AGS National Top Ten 1 Day Milk Test: #7 in Butterfat
ANDDA 2012 Sue Rucker Bronze JuJu Award for Butterfat (42#)
Joshua is GORGEOUS with blue eyes to boot! Thank you so much to Jill Maple-Thomas for allowing us to add this incredible boy to our herd!! I cannot thank you enough!! I will get posed pics soon!
We are so excited to go pick up an exciting new addition to our herd this weekend. We are adding a buckling to our buck arsenal who we believe will take our herd to new heights. We are so blessed to be able to add this buck. His pedigree on both sides are absolutely phenomenal! We can't wait to meet him! His identity will be announced soon =)
Exploring Goat Husbandry
Twin Willows Farm livestock manager, Erica Hopkins, will hold an introductory workshop for those who wish to explore their options for getting started raising goats. This workshop will cover the basics such as choosing the right breed, feed management, fencing and housing, and preventative maintenance. This workshop is being offered at a special price, and cost of this course is only $25 per family.
Date: Friday August 22
Location: Upgrades Training Center
109 S. Fifth Street
We have updated our DHIR Production page with the most recent test information.
We are proud to announce that THREE more does have starred on ADGA's 305 day standard test.
Full siisters, Gypsy Moon SB Muse and Gypsy Moon Kat von D, have both starred in butterfat....AND.....
Introducing our very FIRST Twin Willows born and bred doe.......Twin Willows SB American Honey has also hit her mark for butterfat as a first freshener.
Out of eight does on test, four of them have starred so far. We are so proud!!
Twin Willows attended the Eastern Indiana Dairy Goat show this past weekend. It was a last minute decision to attend, as the show needed numbers to sanction. We took six senior does and four junior does to make numbers but fell one short in the senior show due to another exhibitor scratching her doe. Twin Willows TIO Ambrosia Ann won Grand Champion Senior Doe yesterday. It would have been her third ADGA leg, giving her Permanent Champion status, but the show did not sanction as we only had three exhibitors and nine does. Gypsy Moon SD Airianna took Reserve Champion.
The Fall 2014 Kidding Schedule has been updated. Also our Sales Page has been updated.