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Welcome to K*S! Our girls are located in Carpenter Wyoming. If you have any questions/comments/concerns, please contact us. See something you like? We always accept trades of quality alfalfa, occasionally other items such as animals, equipment, or semen.
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 210-557-6160 or 210-612-4648
**Site updated 4/19/2017**
4/19/2017-Our kidding season is winding down, with only one La Mancha left to kid. It was a disappointing year for our kid crop, with only five does born (out of 20 does!!). We have retained three, which I suppose does help with our goal of keeping our numbers low. Due to having very few doelings born, we have rebred several of our does for summer/fall kids, though I'm not sure how successful that will be.
12/04/2016-We have had to do a major herd reduction due to personal circumstances. Our herd is now only a fraction of what it used to be, but we feel this has forced us to retain only our very best animals. We will likely be continuing to offer the majority of our kids and a few adults this year to keep our herd at a number we can effectively manage. Our reservations are closed for 2017, but watch our sales page for any extras!
9/04/2014-*****MOVING SALE!***** We will be moving with very short notice and are forced to do a herd reduction sale. We have several quality brood does and show type kids available that we had planned to keep for ourselves. Visit the sale page for general information on pricing or the individual pages for pictures/pedigree information.
7/14/2014-We have updated our breeding schedule for 2015 kids, we welcome you to take a look. Please feel free to email us if you have questions about a particular animal or if there's something in particular you are looking for. We will begin breeding next month and we are taking reservations at any time.
5/30/2014-We are very pleased with the direction our herd is taking. This year's kid crop is the best one yet, and we are having a wonderful time watching them grow. We cannot say enough good things about the beauty and consistency we are getting from our fantastic South-Fork animals. We could not have the quality we are getting without the genetics shared by our good friend Marilou Webb at www.southforklamanchas.com ! We are also thrilled with our Nubian purchases from our friends Susan and Delaney Schmer at www.whimsicalkids.com .
4/07/14-Our plan to add some beautiful Nubians back to the herd this year is now on track! Stay tuned to see the lovely, well-bred babies from the Whimsical-Kids herd in Nebraska.
4/1/13-We have two new Jr herdsires coming to us again from the beautiful and consistent South-Fork herd! I will update with details as soon as they are confirmed.
1/08/14-We have several exceptionally well bred NUBIAN doelings reserved for 2014! We are very excited to be adding some quality purebred Nubians back to the herd. We love our La Manchas, but we've really missed having some longears around. We will update the site once they are born.
Thank you to everyone who purchased from us in 2013!
We are pleased to announce that all of our adult animals tested negative for CAE 2/06/2013 and negative for CL 4/05/2013. Hard copy test results are available for viewing upon request.
All of our reserved kids are raised on strict CAE prevention with heat treated colostrum and pasteurized milk. Any adult animal can be tested at the buyer's expense before leaving.
There are as many ways and theories on goats as there are people who raise them. At K*S, we focus on the things that are most important to us, so here they are, in no particular order:
This means a doe that will milk steadily throughout her lactation. We aren't looking for "flash in the pan" does that peak at 16# then produce almost nothing the last five months of lactation. We prefer a steady, modest doe that milks 8-10# the WHOLE way. This also means we want does that produce multiples every year. While we do make occasional exceptions, does that produce only singles year after year aren't holding up their end of the bargain. We also want does that will eat what they are given. It is often hard to get consistent quality and type of hay here, so our does must be willing to eat whatever they are given. Overly picky, "poor doer" does just don't have a place in this herd. Great consideration is given to herd health, with health screening, deworming, mineral supplementation, copper & selenium bolusing, vaccinations, tested hay, and 16% protein grain, so there are no excuses for does that fail to thrive.
As a full time student with other obligations, I don't have time to deal with poor attitudes. All of our animals must be easy to handle, and be able to deal with confinement. Of course our does still squabble and head butt, however, does that consistently take pot-shots at other doe's soft areas don't get to stay (we don't have a problem with head to head combat or biting). All of our milking animals must get on the stand when directed and also leave the area when directed. Does that quickly accept the routine and fall in place take precedence over does that behave badly. The vast majority of our does, even our first fresheners, are good on the stand, no hobbling or milk bucket maneuvers required. We also want does that like people, but this is not a deal breaker as I have several does that simply like to be left alone but are still very good at their job and don't disrupt the milking routine or act silly on the stand.
It is said that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", and nowhere is that more true than in the goat world. I breed goats for what appeals to me. I don't concern myself with what other people are looking for, or what is popular in the show ring on any given day. I am the one caring for them day after day, so I am the one that needs to like looking at them. That being said, I am a stickler for strong toplines, level rumps, and solid feet/legs. Animals under six years of age must be well up on their pasterns. I do not keep kids based on color, though black sundgaus are probably my favorite, followed closely by solid chocolate. I do not like wattles for several reasons, but I don't choose between who stays and who goes based on wattles/no wattles. My herd is short by most standards, the tallest does only being 31-32" at full maturity, the rest being 28-30". I am more interested in overall body capacity than height, so I look for wide and long does, rather than tall ones. I want a deep chest with a good extension of brisket. I like does that are naturally correct, does that don't have to be "set" to look good. Therefore, natural rear leg angulation and proper hip structure are very important. I like a tightly held, globular mammary with correct proportions as much as the next person, but this is last on my list. As long as they are functional and productive, I do not hold them to "perfection" standards.
While I briefly mentioned this in the "work ethic" section, this takes it one step further. This is another reason I like big bodied does with level rumps, they generally carry kids well and if they do have any trouble during kidding, they are much easier to get in and sort out. Does should be easy kidders, the occasional assistance is fine, but does that regularly experience dystocia are not what I'm looking for. Does must also produce ample amounts of colostrum for the amount of kids they have, I expect at least 3# per kid (I do not hold first fresheners to this standard). The does must be able to produce kids that are as good, or better, than they are. We also keep records on average birth weights and growth rates of the kids. Does should have regular, even heats, and take on the first breeding. Any repeat aborted does, false pregnancies, mummified kids, or still births are not kept for breeding.
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