To start this take we have to go back, back to the beginning, not too far back, just about 4 yeasr now. Back to when we haphazardly stumbled across two Nubian does for sale on Craigslist. All we knew about Nubians at the time was they had long ears, and high butterfat. We already had Fawn, and Holly, her Boer cross kid. So we at least knew about goats. We didn't know bloodlines, we didn't know conformation, or milk production, But we did know we wanted them both, because they should come in pairs when you can!
Friends, we stumbled on a treasure. Those first two does home were Pennyroyal Misty, and Pennyroyal Gypsy. We knew so little about what we had found, didn't even get their papers at first, we just wanted goats! That summer and fall we bred out two new does, and had some lovely kids, and even better milk! we back tracked and asked for papers! Lucky for us, we were able to get the paperwork, those does were too nice to lose track of.
Of the two does, the one that impacted my love of the Nubian breed and all the characteristics of a good dairy goat was Misty. Misty has the softest most supple udder I've ever seen in our herd. She milks out so well you would never believe just minutes before how much milk she can store! That classic empty glove look of a milked out doe. I could go on about Misty, but this story isn't about her. It's about her dam, Clone.
How does Clone fit into this story? I'm getting there. Clone was a part of the Pennyroyal herd from birth, they kept her along side of litter mate sisters Keepsake and Unagi. Keepsake is Gypsy's dam. Their fourth sister, Dorrit, lived with a friend not too far away. Clone was very closely bonded with her Dam, Zipporah. and the two lived quite happily in the Pennyroyal herd until the passing of Zipporah. After Zipporah passed, And Clone's kid from that year was sold, she became quite depressed. She no longer had a companion in the herd. About that time, Pennyroyal also decided it was time to sell some does, and make room for the younger does. And that is when I got an email that will nudge this story along. I was asked if I possibly wanted Clone? I loved Misty so much, did I want her dam? Yes I did! Did I care that she wasn't a star milker, and she had only ever had a single kid? 3 kids in 4 breeding seasons? No, we knew she had brought Misty into the world and that was all that mattered.
Clone came to our herd just a little less than two years ago, in the spring. We bred her in the fall but for whatever reason she did not settle. We were heartbroken. All of our hopes and dreams for another Misty weren't going to happen in 2014. But, we didn't give up. We tried again. This time, in the Fall of 2014, we bred Clone to close cousin DiMaggio. This time, we blood tested. Confirmed pregnancy, and planned for a single kid. Daring to hope that maybe she would have twins, and just maybe, we would get a doe kid out of this match. If it's a single kid, please please let it be a doe. Clone is going to 7 years old when she kids. We might not get many more chances.
So we waited, and we watched. 5 long months we waited. Longer still for having missed getting a kid from her last year. We would visit the doe herd and hope out loud for a daughter. And then, kidding season started. Clone's sister Dorrit, who joined our herd the summer of the year Clone did, presented us with twin buck. Well darn. Then Gypsy, their niece, gave us Buck/Doe twins, at least there is one doe! Then came Misty, with another set of Buck twins. Daughters from this family line are going to be scarce this year. Still we held out hope, maybe Clone will have a daughter. But we noticed something, and scare dared to believe our eyes. Clone was carrying a larger pregnancy than her daughter had. if there was only one kid in there it was going to be a big one. We dared to hold out hope for twins. Luckily for us, the wait from Misty kidding, to Clone kidding was only 7 days.
Last night, at milking time, I made a beeline for Clone to see how she was doing, and sure enough, she was streaming already. I moved her to her kidding stall and we just kept up a watch in her. We finished milking, and she wasn't laboring so we had dinner, and waited. Joe kept up a watch on her and came to get me just before midnight, "She had three girls", was the news I received from him. What! Really! 3 kids and All daughters? We would have never dared to hope for triplets from a doe with a track record of single kids, and all does. The daughter we had been hoping for, and two bonus sisters! And from a great breeding with a promise of milky does.
First born a 5.5 pound Gray Roan doe kid, already dubbed Carbon Copy. The second born a lovely 5/5 pound Golden doe kid jokingly called Goldie Hahn (Goldoe Hahn???!). and third a black and white doe kid, weighing in at 6 pounds. No knick name for her yet! Of course names are always being tried on. We'll see what sticks.
Two years was worth the wait!
Clone is now standing at 5 does and a buck in 6 years of kidding seasons, Only having kidded 4 times.