a word about their ears!
The LaMancha (my breed of goat) is a type of dairy
goat noted for its apparent lack of, or much
reduced, external ears. The LaMancha goat is medium
in size, and is also noted for a generally calm,
quiet, and gentle temperament. Through
official testing this breed has established itself
in milk production with high butterfat.
The LaMancha goat was developed in the 1930s in
Oregon by Eula F. Frey when she crossed some
short-eared goats believed to have Spanish blood in
them with her outstanding Swiss and Nubian Bucks.
The LaMancha has excellent dairy temperament, and is
an all-around sturdy animal that can withstand a
great deal of hardship and still produce.
is a LaMancha who comes from a
farm near Abilene, KS. She's got a great laid
back personality with humans, but is all business
with the other goats. Chrystal is "Herd
Queen". Every herd has one and it is a very
Queen comes a lot of perks as well as a lot of
responsibilities. Herd Queen gets all the best
food, the best sleeping spot, and is first in everything.
But, that comes through force, so she has to
constantly assert herself with the other ladies.
responsibilities include monitoring disputes between
other ladies and defending the herd against threats.
She's the boss and everybody knows it.
Pixie is a sweet rescue girl
who came from a terrible situation where she
had little to eat and was in very poor health.
Her rescue family nursed her back to health and she
came to live on This Little Farm in 2012.
Pixie is a Saanen, Lamancha cross. She only weighs
125 lbs and is a very sweet girl. Pixie is
also naturally polled, which mean that she carries a
"no horns" gene which she happily passes down to her
Pixie is one of my smallest and least fancy goats,
she is one of the biggest milkers! She often
wins the prize for giving the most milk. (It's
just a little barn honor, but I'm pretty proud of
Carolyn is a Saanen
(saw - nin). Saanens are the Holsteins of the
goat dairy world as they are know to be big
producers. She's on her second freshening
(meaning she has been a momma twice already) and is
a very good mother. She's sweet and very
dignified, as you can see by her glamour shot!
Monica is a funny girl who will be one of the first
ones to greet you at the fence. She is very,
very sweet on the milking stand and always wants
hugs and kisses after milking to get her day off to
a good start!
|This Year's First Fresheners AKA,
A First Freshener is a goat that has had a baby for
the first time. Farmers "freshen" a goat by
breeding her, which starts a FRESH lactation cycle.
Audra has only been here two years. She is an
Alpine and I think she is sooo pretty. She has
very good manners and is sweet to all the rest of
the goats (but that's another topic).
Sally is an Alpine/LaMancha cross. I think
their ears are so cute - kind of like little chicken
wings! She has been here less than a year and
has fit in quite well.
Olivia is another sweet little LaMancha who keeps to
herself and tries to stay away from the mean girls
as much as she can. She had a very nice baby
girl last year named Pamela that is still on "Team A
Cup" but will be in the barn milking next year.
TeCoa is a First Freshener and coming along really
well. She's the only First Freshener of 2017.
Penny is a quiet little thing who is a 2d Freshener
this year. She's a good mommy and has lots of
milk for her babies.
KitKat is a beautiful, very correct, LaMancha.
She's one of the older ladies here at This Little
Farm. You'll often find her laying by herself
in the pasture, unconcerned, and enjoying the day.
|The Retired Pen
Heidi is an Alpine and just the sweetest girl ever.
Don't tell the others, but I think she is my
Team "A" Cup
From Left to Right, Pamela, Brigida, and Jewel
They were all born in 2016 and will become milking
ladies in 2018 (If they aren't tooo spoiled)
Gunny is a wether (which means he has been
neutered). I got Gunny about six years ago
when I drove to Oklahoma to save him and some of his
herd mates who were going to the "Sale Barn" the
next day. He's quite a character but a real
pain in my butt. Gunny never saw a fence he
couldn't jump over to get into something fun or