All of our goats are registered with the American Dairy Goat Association. They are all of the breed LaMancha. We have been caretakers for these magnificent animals for about 8-9 years now (meaning in the big scheme of goat breeders, we are neophytes). Every so often I look on the ADGA website and see what stats might be out there on them. I know in a day to day, week to week, and year to year basis that they are great girls, giving 110% every day of their life, but sometimes I stop to reflect on how they “measure up” to others in the registry. Now in no way do I mean to imply they are super, above all others, or anything remotely near that. I have some awesome mentors out there who have forgotten way more than I will ever know. What I do find, is the girls hold their own. I am proud of them every day. When I look them up, I feel a few words of recognition are earned.
Today is one of those days.
We have 4 does on the Elite Doe list: Zia, Opal, Topaz, & Victoria. Elite doe status is awarded to does in the top 5% of their breed category.
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We have 13 (of our 20 milkers) with their Superior Genetics ratings: Joe Zell, Zia, Pearl, Wynona, Ditto, Opal, Zanna, Eliza, Naomi, Topaz, Yasmin, Zuppa, & Victoria. Superior Genetics is awarded to does in the top 15% of their breed category.
And one of our bucks: Samson has his +*B-also an excellent rating. Samson is not our breeding, so thank you Just As I Am for him!
This does not just happen. We participate in DHIA milk test annually and have linear appraisal done on our animals every 2 years. We are as committed to the quality of our animals as we are to the quality of our cheeses. It all goes hand in hand.