This year at Sycamore Springs Farm, we have been busy with many different projects. Of course time is never enough. :) However, our kids have helped in many ways.
One of our projects was to add a buck barn. It is now housing four adult bucks and four buckling's. It freed up space for our doe barn. Also, we added three kidding pens and did some insulation. This next Spring, we are going to add another addition to the doe barn.
We have added several additional goats to our herd this year and are very thankful. Some of them are: Olson Acres "CM Phoebe Buffet 2*M AR 2*D AR, Fall Creek Lady Godiva, Flat Rocks "Mustang Sally, Kaapio Acre's "SY Chalupa, Flat Rocks "Tennessee, and Bannerfield Farm "Ahnna Lea.
305 DHIR Milk Day Testing--A huge thank you to Stephanie and Josh King for being our milk testers this year. We have completed our first ADGA and AGS testing. There were several goats that received milk stars and AR status. *One of the exciting accomplishments was Little Maple Farm Rosie* She milked over 49lbs. of butterfat and over 738lbs in milk and is still milking. Rosie has qualified for the ANDDA 2013 Sue Rucker JuJu Bronze Award. We are very proud of her. It is our hope that we will get to retain our first doeling later in 2014 when she kids. Our goal is to continue yearly milk testing for 2014.
Show Ring--One of our biggest accomplishments, is Mardi Gras (our oldest buck) obtained his MCH/CH in ADGA and AGS. Plus: one leg in NDGA. We were thrilled and excited to have our first Nigerian Dwarf goat finish in the show ring. Also, our doe's did well in the show ring. CapraKoza AG "Confessions 5*D AR 2*M AR--won Grand and Reserve Champion in NDGA, Sycamore Springs Jasmine--won Grand Champion in ADGA and AGS, Reserve Champion in NDGA, Sycamore Springs AM Blessings--won Grand and Reserve Champion in ADGA, Sycamore Springs AM Miracle--won Reserve Champion in ADGA.
One of our decisions made regarding the farm was to sell our American Guinea sow and boar. Although, the meat was good we just felt over extended and grain prices to high.
Our upcoming plan is to participate in our first Linear Appraisal. The goats will be evaluated on conformation. We are excited to participate. :)
In 2013, the final tally of goat kids born on the farm is forty-five. We had twenty girls and twenty-five boys. Our farm retained seven girls.