We did a lot of cruising farms, and pedigrees and seeing what was available. We were on the lookout for a sire with milk behind him and in his daughters, a dam with a really nice udder, and over all some animals that were just plain nice to look at. We want to add size to the animals in our herd, and some degree of relation to out current does would have been great! One very important factor in our search was maintaining the G6S normal status of our Herd.
I started by going straight to Six M Galaxy and following the links out to those farms that have their genetics. We already have Pennyroyal, so we didn't stick to Oregon, but those Six M Galaxy lines are what we are looking for to stay close to our Doe line.
I visited a few websites, checked pedigrees on the available sires and dams. I had an idea what lines I was looking for and what lines I wasn't. Its very important to us, in an pasture based management system, that our does can hold their udders up where they belong.
Our final decision brought us to Black Mesa Ranch, in Snowflake, AZ, They have some really great genetics available, their does are beautiful, and they milk!
We requested a first and second choice breeding from one of their sires, Six M Galaxy Make a Big Splash. Our first choice, Black Mesa Flash's Poppy did not seem to settle, so we settled our minds on our second choice, Jacob's Pride Marlyn Mondoe, and settled another, third choice, on Black Mesa Sydney's Serenity. Then we settled back to wait until the birth dates.
Quite willingly, Marlyn presented all those waiting with just what they were hoping for, a buck and doe for Black Mesa, and a buck for us as well. We were quite pleased to see the little guy born, and couldn't wait to go get him.
While we were waiting for a chance to head down and retrieve our new buck, we talked about the trip and decided that maybe, since I was already making the trip, we should add a doe kid to the buck kid as well. So I contacted Kathryn, and asked if she would let me know if that third choice doe had an extra doeling, and that very same day, she let me know she had in fact had triplet does. A doe kid was added to our order, and gladly for us.
My mom and I made the trip, 5 days of driving, 2800 miles round trip, and one lovely overnight stay at the ranch.
I am very glad we made the drive, and got to meet Kathryn and David. I learned quite a bit just being there and being hands on on a real working dairy.
The kids traveled home well, keeping each other company, and being just as cooperative as you could ask.
Welcome Home Black Mesa Marlyn's DiMaggio (pending) and Black Mesa Serenity's Zen (pending).