Thursday, October 23, 2008


Winter Sky Diva is a Jericho F1 spotted katmoget out of Winter Sky Calypso. Her yearling micron test was 23.5 AFD, 5.6 SD, and 23.8 CV. She will be crossed with Kodachrome this November.
These two daughters of Wintertime Black Forrest are Elle(the black gulmoget)and Kir(the fawn gul/kat). Elle's fall lamb test was 23.5 AFD, 4.7 SD and 19.9 CV. Kir's yearling test was 19.5 AFD, 5.1 SD and 25.6 CV. They are both being bred by Kodachrome this November.
The moorit smirslet ewe in the back is Winter Sky Breathe. Her two year old micron test was 25.9 AFD, 6.4 SD and 24.7 CV. She is being bred to Captain this November. Thistlekeep Aquilegia is the black 6 year old ewe in the foreground. Her micron test this fall came back 24.6 AFD, 5.7 SD and 23.1 CV. She is being bred to Wintertime Red Velvet.
This lovely fawn gulmoget ewe lamb is Winter Sky Kahlua. Her sire is Winter Sky Cointreau and her dam is Winter Sky Kir. Her lamb test this fall was 20.9 AFD, 6.6 SD and 31.4 CV. She has a very long, silky fleece. She isn't going in a breeding pen this fall as she was a later lamb and is the smallest on our farm.
These colorful does are my daughters AGS registered Nigerian Dwarf goats. She maintains a very small(seven)number of does and all but one are bred to Twincreeks PDF Megapixel for next March. Megapixel is the son of two permanent champions who both appraised excellent. He has a lovely temperament and is long and stretchy and dairy. Kids will be available from this cross for competitive prices.


susan said...

what age do you start coating your lambs? Seeing yours all coated makes me want to try and coat my lambs next year.
What brand coat do you use? The coats I've tried in the past always were too low in the chest and they would step through.


Karen Valley said...

Hi Susan--We start coating the lambs as soon as they fit in the A coats which takes about a month or two depending on how growthy they are. We use Rocky Sheep Covers made of the lighter weight ripstop nylon and like them a lot. If the hindleg straps aren't up above the hocks(halfway between the tail and hock is best)the lambs will be more apt to step out of them. And the shorter legged lambs are more prone to coat disarray. To help out we sometime gather up the rump material and make a "tail" using binder twine to tie the coat up until the lamb grows a bit more. Leave the coats on until the chest strap looks a little strained and the coat is coming up onto the rump and exposing a little of the hindend and then switch to the next size up.