With the advent of autumn comes breeding season! The business of summer show season has given way to a more relaxed, lower key period at the farm. We welcome this time because life moves at a little slower pace. Twice/a day milking has shifted now to once/a day milking, we’ve sold down the herd, and we find that we finally have more time for some “non-goat” activities. Of course, our attention can also turn to planning those much anticipated breedings that will result in a bumper crop of exciting kids in the spring.
We generally combine a mix of live sires and some AI sires, or Artificial Insemination when we plan our breedings. Since moving to southeastern Minnesota, we are in close proximity to some of the top dairy goat breeders in the Midwest and have found that leasing and trading top quality genetics (especially for our Alpines) has been both an economical and advantageous way to further our goals with our breeding program. AI has also proven to be an important tool, and we’ve incorporated it into our breeding program all the way back to the early 1980s. AI allows us to widen the quality and geographic scope of the genetics we use. AI doesn’t work on every goat however, so we always make sure that we have a high quality selection of live sires in our arsenal, so to speak. This fall, we definitely think we have some very exciting bucks to choose from!
If a planned breeding for 2016 interests you, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ve updated the “Ordering” section of our website and are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the genetic potential of offspring. Breeding goats is of course not an exact science (what would be the challenge in that!), but we pride ourselves on consistently maintaining a high quality, nationally competitive herd. Our prices reflect our expertise as breeders, emphasis on herd health and top quality management, and focus on production.