My first two "foundation" does for Tanglebriar Nubians are Reason and Fancy, full sisters out of Dan-Jud's Painted Miss Miley and Blissberry FM Tahoe from Christy Harris at Providence Hill Farm in Atchison, KS, who has been a fantastic goat mentor. For their first breeding, I leased Blissberry MW Renegade from Christy, and I am very pleased with the quality of their kids. My third doe is Spice, who I purchased as a yearling from Amanda Harmon at Marmalade Hollow in Atchison. Although Spice had her own ideas on who her first mate should be, she has produced lovely, though unregistered kids the first time around for 2016, and then we'll have registered kids in future years. I added a fourth doe, four year old Parian, in 2017 from Old Paths Homestead in Oklahoma. All my does have tested negative for the G-6-S alleles. I have also tested the does for the alpha s1 casein variants (more alpha s1 casein= more cheese/volume of milk, but less alpha s1 casein may make the milk more digestable).
Reason is a confident and assertive goat, and the benevolent dicatator of the herd after me. While she respects that I am herd boss, she likes to check periodically to make sure that is still true, so she keeps me on my toes. She's a big, gorgeous goat, and she knows it, having a fondness for putting her hooves on things so she can stand on her hind legs and fling her head back in what we like to call her supermodel pose. Reason posesses the A/B alleles for the alpha-s-1 casein gene, which correlates to high casein production (more cheese per volume of milk).
Spice is the third of my foundation does, purchased from Amanda Harmon at Marmalade Hollow in Hutchison, KS as a yearling. Spice is the smallest of my does, and a total sweetheart, though she is the most alert, and can be a little skittish. She can also jump like a deer, and tends to walk like a dancer. Though the smallest and lowest in the herd hierarchy, Spice has adjusted to her new herd well, and uses her small size to squeeze in between Reason and Fancy at chow time and kneel while eating, which makes her pretty much impossible for the other goats to get her out of the way. Spice posesses the B/N alleles for the alpha-s-1 casein gene, which correlates to an intermediate casein production (intermediate amount of cheese per volume of milk, intermediate amount of protein for folks sensitive to it).