This picture was taken at the 2009 Missouri State Fair, the first year we had dairy goats. Looking at this picture always makes me smile (and makes my daughters cringe....) because I remember how much fun it was that first year when we showed our new doe to her first GCH leg.
But our story goes back much farther than 2009.....
Back in 1979, my family purchased a baby Nubian wether, named Moses. Moses was my best friend and was quite a pet. Soon Moses was joined by "Fawn," who was a registered American Nubian (Bosque Vista Acres Shenanigan was her registered name). Fawn and Moses helped start our 4-H dairy goat program and a life-long love of dairy goats.
I purchased my own registered purebred Nubian from Joe Pilotte and family of the Wea herd in Lafayette, IN. Wea's AM Silkie Brown Sugar was a great foundation for my foray into ADGA and sanctioned shows. She freshened as a beautiful milking yearling and became my favorite showmanship doe. Sugar and I had a great time participating in 4-H, judging contests, and showmanship classes and of course, ADGA shows. Sugar earned her CH as a 2-year-old at the 1987 Indiana State Fair.
SG Maple-Glen Classic's Chelois as a yearling milker
I was given the opportunity to attend the 1987 ADGA Convention in San Antonio, TX, and while there I earned an ADGA Apprentice Judge's license, and also was selected as the 1988 ADGA Youth Representative. This opened up a whole new world of dairy goat involvement! Attending the 1988 ADGA National Show was an eye-opening experience, and meeting "famous" goat people was truly a highlight of the year.
During this time I became friends with the John, Paulette and Beth Brown family from Brazil, IN; they bred the Udder Way herd of Alpines and later Lamanchas. I fell in love with Alpines and loved helping them show. Later as a judge, I became friends with Barb and Don Swayne of Maple-Glen Alpines, and with the Capp Family (Abundance French Alpines). These beautiful animals led me to decide to breed Alpines someday....
As the years went on, I earned a 2-year and then a 4-year judge's license. I married Scott Warren in December of 1991 (after falling in love at the 1989 ADGA National Show), and then in 1992 was given the opportunity to work at Willow Run in Huber Heights, Ohio. This was at the time that Willow Run was just branching out into breeds besides Nubians, and it was an eye-opening experience to learn how to manage a large herd! I enjoyed working with the Dean family and experiencing so many new facets of dairy goat husbandry.
While working at Patti Dean's farm, I was able to bring my one doe--A French Alpine kid named Maple-Glen Classic's Chelois. Chelois was sold to me as a baby by the Swayne's and her dam GCH Maple-Glen PM's Carrie was a favorite of mine. When I left Patti's after the birth of my son, I sold Chelois to Patti, knowing that she would have a wonderful home. Chelois went on to produce Cheyenne and Chevalier.
Fast forward to 2009...Scott and I had four wonderful children together, before he passed away in 2008. I was looking for something fun to do together as a family with my girls, who were feeling rather disappointed with showing Boer goats. They had grown up hearing stories of how much fun I had showing dairy goats, and I decided that maybe it was time to venture back into dairy. Our herd began with the purchase of Angel-Prairie Pharoah Fiction from Scott and Marcia Jura, a baby buck (Angel-Prairie Revive Klassic) and two does from the Sycamore-Acres herd. Over time, our herd has grown but most all of our animals trace back to Fiction.
In 2012, Elizabeth decided to add Saanens to our herd, with the purchase of Wea Wea VEC Cecily from Joe Pilotte. Cecily has been a wonderful start, and in 2015 she was joined by Benefit, from the Diamond herd (Tom Considine). We are elated to have such a wonderful start for our Saanen project!
So....here we are in 2018. Fiction is the grand old lady herd queen, we have many generations of babies romping in the pasture, and Doug is learning how to survive in a houseful of girls with goats. It's a simple life.