It's been a busy couple of weeks with a whole new batch of kids. Our first Grand Design and Patent Design daughters freshened, and we are very pleased with their udder capacity, teat size, texture, and milkability as first fresheners. Quintus Quinn's first kids were born, and they almost all look just like him -- same color, same length, same style. Now we're just waiting on Mercy (due the 6th) and Pumpkin (due the 11th), and we'll have a break for a few weeks before wrapping up most of the kidding by mid-June.
What I have found interesting about this whole year is that the does are regularly kidding 2-3 days before their 145 day due date. We've had a few kid early in past years, usually in warm weather, but never as many as this year. I sometimes wonder what gets in the air to make them do things like that. :)
We have updated the Sales Page with some of the new doelings that are available. There's also a handsome little polled, blue-eyed, moonspotted, buckskin buckling sired by Grand and out of Peppermint. And if you're looking for pets, we have a colorful selection of bottle baby wether kids (neutered males) ready for homes.
Yesterday morning MT Rivendells TQ Ygritte had quadruplets sired by Larkstone SP Grand Design *B Elite. Quadruplets were a welcome surprise -- we thought she would only have twins again, as she didn't look that big. There are 2 doelings (the chocolate kid and white buckskin kid) and 2 bucklings (the 2 buckskin-chamoise combos, AKA "red buckskins"). Must say it is a beautiful litter. Already looking great even though they are still little fat wiggly newborns. And Ygritte is a wonderful mama.
Both doelings and 1 buckling will be retained for now, and the other buckling is spoken for.
That makes 10 sets of quadruplets this year, and by the look of some of the other pregnant does (especially Cookie and Chantilly), it won't be the last. MT Rivendells AV Nyala 1*M 1*D is next up to kid, due on the 15th.
There are now photos up of all the new doelings for sale. Visit the Sales page to view them, and let us know if you see any you are interested in purchasing. They are American Dairy Goat Assocation and American Goat Society registered. CAE, CL, and Johne's free herd. Located in Western Montana. Nationwide ground transport available.
When I said a couple of days ago that Krebs QQ Strawberry looked like she's got a pile of kids in there, I didn't expect SEXTUPLETS. Yup, Strawberry had 6 kids -- 2 girls and 4 boys. Sire is Gabhran Creek Raise The Bar *B. We've had several batches of quintuplets over the years, but this is our first batch of sextuplets. They are itty-bitty (and adorable), but they are all healthy and doing well. The girls are staying with mom for now, and the boys have been put on the bottle since they have homes lined out for them.
Photos: All taken when the kids were under 2 days old. Kids in the basket are the boys (trying to climb out already, of course). Kids on the hay are the girls (look at those pretty blue eyes). Boys are reserved. Girls are available for $ 450 each, ADGA/AGS registered. (UPDATE: All Sold.)
Give your loved one the unique gift of a miniature goat this Christmas. Krebs Dairy Goats offers gift certificates for Nigerian Dwarf goats so that the recipient will be able to pick out their own special goat when they are ready for it. We also have gift certificates for birthdays and other occasions.
~ Bottle-baby wether kids (neutered males) for pets will be born January through May, 2022. $ 100 each. Reserve with a $ 50 deposit per goat (balance of $ 50 due upon pick up).
~ Baby doeling and buckling kids for future milkers, breeding stock, and/or showing will be born January through May, 2022. These come with their purebred registration pedigrees from the American Dairy Goat Association and the American Goat Society. They will be available to take home as bottle-babies or after they are old enough to wean. Starting at $ 450 each. Reserve with a $ 100 deposit per goat (balance due upon pick up).
~ Adult does for milking, breeding, and/or showing will be available January through May, 2022. These come with their pedigrees from the American Dairy Goat Association and the American Goat Society. Starting at $ 450 each. Reserve with a $ 100 deposit per goat (balance due upon pick up).
~ Note that our top-breeding-stock-quality goats go for $ 600-$ 850 each.
~ If your loved one has not owned goats or livestock before, we recommend gifting them the book Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats along with the gift certificate to help them learn about goat care. We are also here to help along the way and offer recommendations for the best goat-raising products that are available in our area.
~ Remember that goats are herd animals and need a buddy of the same species for their developmental and emotional wellbeing. Therefore, we only sell a minimum of 2 goats at a time unless they are going to a home that already has goats.
~ You may pay the full price for a goat at the time we issue the gift certificate, or, if you prefer, you may place a partial deposit to reserve a goat and make the final payment when the recipient of the gift certificate picks up their goat. We will have lots of goats available and plenty that fit your budget. Touch bases and let us know what you are looking for.
~ We accept checks, money orders, and PayPal (or cash if you can drop it off at the farm).
~ If you do not intend to breed and milk the goats but just want some for pets, wethers (neutered males) are the most practical option as they are less expensive than does but just as tame and sweet. (Note that you do not want unneutered males as pets.)
~ If you want to gift a milk goat to a first-time goat owner but don't want to spend the money on getting 2 does, a great way to start is with 1 doe kid and 1 wether kid for her companion. Many new goat owners like to start with kids anyway so that they can get accustomed to raising goats before they need to start a milking routine. A nicely sized Nigerian doe kid can be bred at 8-10 months old and start producing milk at 13-15 months old.
About Nigerian Dwarf Goats:
With adults standing generally no more than 23.5 inches at the shoulder, Nigerian Dwarfs are the smallest of all the dairy goat breeds. Their small size makes them adorable pets and practical homestead dairy animals since they are easy to care for, handle, and accommodate.
Nigerian Dwarfs have the highest milk butterfat content of any other breed of dairy goats or cattle. Their milk is sweet and creamy, free of the unappealing "goaty" flavor people often associate with goat's milk. The high butterfat content also makes it ideal for making cheese or butter. A good Nigerian doe can produce around a half gallon of milk a day.
Nigerian Dwarfs are friendly, cute, and intelligent. They can be trained like a dog (even house trained). They come in a huge selection of colors and patterns and are the only registry-recognized dairy breed in which some individuals have blue eyes.
They are also excellent weed eaters and can eliminate weeds like knapweed or tansy from a pasture.
Why buy from Krebs Dairy Goats?
Whether you're buying pets or breeding stock, we will help walk you through the process of raising a healthy goat. We also offer recommendations for the best local goat feed, products, and veterinarians.
At Krebs Dairy Goats, our #1 priority is to breed Nigerian Dwarf goats that are practical for the small homestead. We participate in official USDA DHIR milk testing to verify the quantity and quality of milk our does produce so that we can make educated decisions about how to perpetuate the best milking genetics in our herd. Therefore, if you're looking into purchasing milkers or breeding stock, you're getting goats out of lines that are proven to put milk in the pail. We also breed for traits related to ease of hand milking, such as large teat size (large teats are vital in Nigerians, as many lines have small teats that are extremely difficult to hand milk).
Along with top milk production, we select our goats for excellent dairy conformation and strive for the Nigerian that is the true miniature dairy goat. Our goats come out of some of the best showing and linear appraising lines in the country.
Our herd is tested free of the goat diseases CAE, CL, and Johne's, and our farm practices strict biosecurity to prevent disease introduction.
Sales Info, Terms & Conditions:
~ Please read Krebs Dairy Goats general sales information and terms & conditions Here.
~ Gift-Certificate Specific: When you place a deposit for a goat, you will receive a receipt for your payment along with the gift certificate. The receipt, not the gift certificate, will reflect the credit available from Krebs Dairy Goats unless a specific dollar amount is listed on the gift certificate (this is because some individuals place a half-down deposit with the intent of paying the final amount when the goat is picked up, but the gift certificate they give to their loved one may simply state that it is a gift of 1 goat).
~ Note that deposits are good for 18 months from the date they are placed. Deposits are nonrefundable unless Krebs Dairy Goats is unable to provide the goats reserved.
Please Contact us if you have any questions, or peruse our website to learn more about our goats.
Several important announcements to make, but the first is that MT Rivendells HW Meadowlark 1*D and MT Rivendells XF Cookie Crisp 1*M 1*D AR wrapped up kidding for now with 2 doe/1 buck triplets from Meadowlark and a single buck from Cookie. Both the bucks are sold, and Meadowlark's doelings will be evaluated (at this time we expect to retain at least one).
So far we have a doe majority with 28 doe kids born to 26 buck kids born. Very happy about that. Kidding season has gone extremely smoothly as well.
Reservations for kids are still available from our upcoming May/June kidding session. We also plan to breed several does for fall kids. Check out the For Sale page to see goats that are currently available.
The following does are the next up to kid:
- Krebs KJ Illusion 2*M 2*D, bred to Krebs QQ Marcus Quinn *B, Due May 17
- Krebs Farm STJ Clairity 2*M 2*D AR, bred to CH Old Mountain Farm QuentinQuinn *B, Due May 20
- MT Rivendells HW Panda 1*M 1*D, bred to Krebs QQ Max Quinn *B, Due May 23
- Krebs SR Periwinkle 3*M 3*D, bred to CH Old Mountain Farm QuentinQuinn *B, Due May 30
- MT Rivendells AV Nyala, bred to CH Old Mountain Farm QuentinQuinn *B, Due May 30
- MT Rivendells HW Hot Tamale 1*M 1*D, bred to CH Old Mountain Farm QuentinQuinn *B, Due June 1-8
- KW Farms PB Heidi 1*M 1*D AR, 2019 Elite, bred to Krebs SR DeClaire *B*S, Due June 2-9
- Krebs SR Dezzie, bred to MT Rivendells OLV Oliver Twist, Due June 5
- Krebs SR Brigitta, bred to Krebs QQ Marcus Quinn *B, Due June 10-16
- Krebs SR Gretl, bred to CH Old Mountain Farm QuentinQuinn *B, Due June 11
As mentioned in previously, Krebs SR Clairify 3*M 3*D kidded on Feb. 17 with triplets, 2 does and 1 buck. Their sire is MT Rivendells Mr. Darcy. Clairify is one of our favorite does from the 2018 season, so we are very excited about these kids. See photos of the kids below. The belted chamoisee doeling will be retained for now, the dark cou clair doeling is sold, and the silver cou clair buckling is sold.
Clairify's Belted Chamoisee Doeling, Retained:
Clairify's Dark Cou Clair Doeling, Sold (Yes, she looks black in the photo, but she's really an unusually dark cou clair):
Clairify's Silver Cou Clair Buckling, Sold:
After making me get up to check her at night for two weeks after her supposed due date (I must have got her service date wrong), Krebs Farm OT Steelic Mist 2*M 2*D AR kidded with a nice doe kid sired by Krebs SR DeClaire *B*S. Not only is this doeling our first DeClaire kid, she is also the result of a line breeding on one of our all-time favorite crosses, Hickory Leaf Claire 1*M 1*D AR x MT Rivendells OLV Oliver Twist. She looks a lot like her dad did when he was little--she's long and level with nice dairy structure under all the fuzz. She is also covered in taupe moonspots. She will be retained for now. With the quality udders and milkability in this line, I have high hopes for her. Anyone have ideas for names? I'm at a loss.
MT Rivendells HW Dove 1*M 1*D also kidded with a buck kid sired by DeClaire. This kid is spoken for. He is chamoise with blue eyes.
The next doe to kid will be Krebs SR Clairify 3*M 3*D, due on February 12. She is bred to MT Rivendells Mr. Darcy. Clairify sure looks like she is going to have three or more kids. She is scheduled to go on 305-Day Milk Test this year.
Krebs Farm OT Clairebelle 2*M 2*D AR kidded this afternoon with triplet doelings sired by CH Old Mountain Farm QuentinQuinn *B. They're rather new to accurately evaluate yet, but I'm thinking that they will all be just as gorgeous as their full sisters and brothers who were born last year--long, level, wide, with high, open escutcheons. Belle's kids are always conformationally beautiful. These three doelings will be retained for now.
Belle is one of our favorite milking does. She has soft texture; a beautiful, well-attached udder that milks out well; large, easy-to-milk teats; and great orifice size.
She is going on her second 305-Day DHIR Milk Test this year. Last year she produced 5.0 lbs. of milk on her 1-Day Test, so we are excited to see how much she'll produce on her second 305. She milks through extremely well.
Sunshine did it again--sneaked in kidding before anyone even knew she was in labor. She had 1 doeling (score!) and 3 bucklings that all look just like their father, CH Old Mountain Farm QuentinQuinn *B.
The doeling is Krebs QQ Eve Quinn (pending). She will be retained. She sure is a plump little thing, and I am already pleased with her conformation. The bucklings are also promising and will be evaluated over the next few days.
The following photos are of Krebs QQ Eve Quinn at about 16 hours old.
Learning to pose for the camera . . .
Who could resist this cuteness?
Photo shoots are hard work . . .
Krebs Dairy Goats is located in Western Montana's Bitterroot Valley. We breed registered Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats and participate in DHIR and 1-Day Milk Testing.