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September 4, 2013

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Hello ladies.

We are parting with 3 of our buck kids from our Guernsey goat herd. They are 95% pure Guernsey, would be great for someone wanting to get started with Guernsey goats.

Guernsey goats are very rare in the US, and in the rest of the world. We are happy to be one of the few farms working with Guernseys to help prevent their extinction. They are smaller framed than standard dairy goats, but larger than the mini breeds. They are quiet and have a quiet sweet temperament. They are reported to have higher butterfat and protein in their milk than standard dairy breeds.

The best way to help save these goats it to start a breeding up program, where you take a standard Alpine breed dairy doe (Toggenburg, Oberhasli, Alpine, Saanen, or Sable) and cross them to a Guernsey buck. The resulting daughters are then crossed back to a Guernsey buck, and their daughters and their daughters. After five generations you have a goat that can be considered a British Guernsey goat. They are called British rather than American, as they registry is currently maintained in the UK with the British Goat Society.

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More information about Guernseys and the breeding up program can be found at http://guernseygoats.org/.

We thought our boys would be registered as pure British Guernsey’s but they are 1% shy of Guernsey blood to be considered full British Guernseys. They are given the classification of “Herd Book 2″ by the British Goat Society. These fellas would be perfect for a new Guernsey breeder to get a start with these wonderful goats. It will add a generation to the overall process of making more British Guernseys, but since we are selling them for considerably less than a British Guernsey or a Golden Guernsey buck, they may be an attractive option for those looking to get their feet wet without breaking the bank.

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We have three boys ready to go. All are up to date on their shots. They were all sired by our herdsire, Anin’s Brady. Two of the bucklings are out of Stumphollo Banbury, and one is out of Stumphollo Bramble. Banbury had a polled boy and a horned boy who has been disbudded. Bramble had horned boy who has also been disbudded. She also had a doe kid, which we are keeping. So all bucklings were born as twins. Bramble and Banbury are very similar in shape, size and milk production. We don’t weigh milk daily, but we were pleased with their production for being first fresheners. Bramble has bigger teats, which is nice for hand milkers like ourselves. Banbury has small teats which seem to be more favored amongst the show goat set. All three boys have two well shaped teats. They are all a medium golden red color with small white markings on their faces.

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We are selling these boys to good homes for $250 each, including registration with the British Goat Society (unregistered, $200) We won’t register them until we have found suitable buyers. They are available for pick up in Cobleskill, NY.

We also offer stud service with our BG buck, Anin’s Brady. Contact us for more information.

Never missing an opportunity to show off for his girlfriends, Brady loves reaching for willow branches.

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Oh I am VERY interested in getting some goats from you next year! I have wanted this breed for a long time! We just need to get our fencing up! I am bookmarking your blog!

theherbalmomma

November 11, 2013

We LOVE the Guernseys and we need more people to breed them and work with them. We should have limited numbers available next season. We do still have 2 nice bucklings available which would be great for starting a breeding up project.

farmerbailey

November 17, 2013

Oh that sounds great! The only thing holding me back is getting the fencing up! This is the breed I really want to start on our farm, can’t wait!

theherbalmomma

November 18, 2013

They are wonderful. We will have pure bucks, and some does of varying percentages of purity. We recommend also getting a goat or two of another breed to start your own lines of Guernseys. It’s only through breeding up that we can add some genetic diversity and increase the number of these goats in the US. Alpines, Saanens, Sables, Oberhaslis, and Toggenburgs all work well for this, as would mixes of those breeds. It’s best to avoid Nubian, Lamancha or the mini breeds when starting new lines, as they have traits that are hard to breed out of your line through the generations. There are an increasing number of pure Guernseys out there, and we would be happy to help you find them, if we dont’ have what you need.

farmerbailey

November 21, 2013

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