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Thistlemoor Dairy Goats Raising quality ADGA registered Nigerian Dwarf and Nubian Dairy goats in northern Indiana

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Thistlemoor LO SweeTartDOB 2-28 SIRE: Cloven Croft Acres Law N Order (CH JBF C Montague x CH Cloven Croft Acres ABH Peac...
04/22/2022

Thistlemoor LO SweeTart
DOB 2-28

SIRE: Cloven Croft Acres Law N Order
(CH JBF C Montague x CH Cloven Croft Acres ABH Peace)

DAM: Thistlemoor REV Sweet Cicely
(Cloven Croft Acres Revolution x Thistlemoor Coriander)

This is a super nice little doe, and a really hard one to let go, but we aren't keeping any full sisters this year so one of them has to go. I would love to see her go to a show home. Her dam is a strong milker, with a high, wide, well-attached mammary with large, easy to milk teats.

SweeTart is disbudded, on the bottle and coccidiosis prevention, and is ready to go.

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Thistlemoor LO Sydney *blue eyes*DOB 2-23SIRE: Cloven Croft Acres Law N Order (CH JBF C Montague x CH Cloven Croft Acres...
04/22/2022

Thistlemoor LO Sydney *blue eyes*
DOB 2-23
SIRE: Cloven Croft Acres Law N Order
(CH JBF C Montague x CH Cloven Croft Acres ABH Peace)

DAM: Thistlemoor S Gold Coast
(Cloven Croft Acres Solstice x Twinkle Little Bemidji)

Her dam is one our prettiest does. As a yearling milker last year at one show, a judge said of her, "This is a very correct, pretty doe. She just needs more capacity in that mammary." She did increase in capacity with her second freshening this year, although not as much as I hoped for. Hopefully next year she'll get there!

Sydney is disbudded, on the bottle, and on coccidiosis prevention. She is ready to go anytime!

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Thistlemoor LO Deep Freeze  DOB 2-25SIRE: Cloven Croft Acres Law N Order (CH JBF C Montague x CH Cloven Croft Acres ABH ...
04/22/2022

Thistlemoor LO Deep Freeze
DOB 2-25
SIRE: Cloven Croft Acres Law N Order
(CH JBF C Montague x CH Cloven Croft Acres ABH Peace)

DAM: Thistlemoor CY Emma Frost
(Fall Creek DJ Cypress x Little Tots Estate Xmen Girl)

On the bottle and ready to go anytime. Disbudded, and on coccidiosis prevention. This is a nice little doe. One of the other kids chewed her ears, so they're a little ragged looked at the tips, but it won't affect her ability to be shown.

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FINALLY got pictures of some of the doe kids that are looking for 🏠🏠. I will try to do individual posts with dam and gra...
04/22/2022

FINALLY got pictures of some of the doe kids that are looking for 🏠🏠. I will try to do individual posts with dam and granddam photos later, but for now I have DOB and sire and dam on each photo. Message for more info!

Quints for Hazel (this is just two of them-- it's pretty crowded to put all 5 in the same tub). She had to prolong the a...
04/18/2022

Quints for Hazel (this is just two of them-- it's pretty crowded to put all 5 in the same tub). She had to prolong the anticipation and pop out 4 buck kids before she finally gave me the doe. 🙄😆 They are all big hefty kids. Hazel does not believe in runts. Her motto is "No kid left behind"! They must all be big fat babies, no matter how many she has, or she'll know the reason why. We don't even give her grain until the last few days!

Azure generously gave the little doe kid that her experimental doe, Cherry, had, to Lilly. Lilly named her Apricot. She'...
04/16/2022

Azure generously gave the little doe kid that her experimental doe, Cherry, had, to Lilly. Lilly named her Apricot. She's a pretty little kid, funny ears and wattles and all! 😜

So happy to have kefir again! I had to let my grains go while I was pregnant because of morning sickness, but I have gra...
04/15/2022

So happy to have kefir again! I had to let my grains go while I was pregnant because of morning sickness, but I have grains again now! Kefir making is back in full force. 😊 It won't be long before I have enough grains to share, too, so if any of my local friends would like some, let me know!

This is a soap I've had in my mind for a while, and I finally made it today. It's a two layer soap with with a pencil li...
04/09/2022

This is a soap I've had in my mind for a while, and I finally made it today. It's a two layer soap with with a pencil line of mica, and extra coarse pink Himalayan salt on top. This is the first time I've ever done a pencil line, so I'm pretty scared about how it's going to turn out. 😬 I was also super rushed when I poured it (hungry baby crying for me to feed him). Cutting it will be both exciting and terrifying!

04/09/2022

I've been having problems with the ADGA website trying to get the kids all registered, but I'm going to try again today and hopefully will be posting available doe kids soon. All are disbudded, on coccidiosis prevention, and will be ADGA registered. We have some nice little girls available this year!

We are about halfway through our kidding season. 19 does have kidded for a total of 53 kids born so far-- 25 bucks and 2...
04/04/2022

We are about halfway through our kidding season. 19 does have kidded for a total of 53 kids born so far-- 25 bucks and 28 does.

We picked up our new Nigerian herdsire on Friday! We absolutely loved what we saw of his dam at the shows last year, and...
04/03/2022

We picked up our new Nigerian herdsire on Friday! We absolutely loved what we saw of his dam at the shows last year, and his sire is out of a daughter of 2019 National Champion, CH Castle Rock Tahitian Sunset VEVE 90. His dam is out of the phenomenal Kaapio Acres AD Carina EEEE 92. We are very excited to see what this boy can sire, and are already planning breedings for him this fall. 😜 Trust me when I say he is much nicer than this photo I took of him today. 😝

CAPRINE ACRES LJ CAIRO

SIRE: TRIPLE B ACRES LIL MAN JENKINS
SIRE'S SIRE: CASTLE ROCK ENGELMANN OAK
SIRE'S DAM: CASTLE ROCK SUNSET GLOW

DAM: CAPRINE ACRES SS CLEOPATRA
DAM'S SIRE: SINAI THUNDER O SHARP SHOOTER
DAM'S DAM: KAAPIO ACRES AD CARINA

THISTLEMOOR RMB PINK LADY (AKA Pinky) 2 yr old FF, 4 days fresh. Unfortunately she only had a single doe, so not much ca...
03/29/2022

THISTLEMOOR RMB PINK LADY (AKA Pinky) 2 yr old FF, 4 days fresh. Unfortunately she only had a single doe, so not much capacity. I am liking what I'm seeing so far though!

Cherry, Azure's Experimental Lamancha had buck, doe twins this afternoon. She was excited that the doe had elf ears AND ...
03/26/2022

Cherry, Azure's Experimental Lamancha had buck, doe twins this afternoon. She was excited that the doe had elf ears AND wattles! Cherry is 50% Lamancha and 50% Nubian and she was bred to a Nubian buck so we tried to prepare her for a long eared baby. Needless to say, her and Lilly are over the moon! Cherry looks like she will be a nice doe as well.

Pinky had a single doe this evening. This is a breeding I've had planned for several years now, so to get a doe makes me...
03/25/2022

Pinky had a single doe this evening. This is a breeding I've had planned for several years now, so to get a doe makes me so happy! This is my only AI this year and I wasn't sure it had worked. I couldn't get through her cervix, so I had to "splash" her and pray. She never came back into heat that we saw, so we were hoping. The last month or so she didn't look very pregnant at all, so we were really starting to wonder! I went out to milk tonight and she was in labor! She didn't bag up very much so it's hard to tell, but it looks like she's gonna have a nice little udder too! Now if I can get her to take her colostrum, I might be able to get some sleep! The last 2 nights have not been very restful!

https://adgagenetics.org/PlannedPedigreePrint.aspx?SireNum=N001426211&DamNum=N002110622

Cookie may be a little, narrow, scrawny thing, but boy can she milk. I'm astounded when I look at that little goat and t...
03/22/2022

Cookie may be a little, narrow, scrawny thing, but boy can she milk. I'm astounded when I look at that little goat and then what she puts in the pail. I can't explain it, but I do appreciate it!

Thistlemoor REV 1 Tough Cookie (milked out in photo)

Pippin was is one of my favorite does. Was REALLY wanting a doe out of this breeding as I think it would add the width t...
03/20/2022

Pippin was is one of my favorite does. Was REALLY wanting a doe out of this breeding as I think it would add the width that she's lacking. Of course she couldn't pull through for me to make me forget this morning. Massive twin bucks. 🙄

I promise I'm not a doom and gloom kinda person. Today has just not gone well. Lol. At least the sun is shining! 😊

03/20/2022

Sapphire had a single doe, DOA. I'm so mad at myself. I could tell she was starting labor so I watched her for awhile this morning. She didn't seem to be progressing much and I thought maybe she was really early labor. I told Jill, I wonder if something is wrong. I did a quick finger check and couldn't feel anything. Her cervix was dilated, but I couldn't feel any sack or baby pushing up against it, (just a weird feeling cervix) so I told Jill if she'd watch her I'd go mix cow feed. Well, 2 hrs later when I got done feeding cows, still nothing. I soaped up and reached in. Turns out that weird little thing on her cervix was an EAR. I'm so mad. Why didn't I think of it being an ear earlier?! I'm pretty sure I caught her early in labor and could have probably had a live doe. 😡😢

Moral of the story; trust your gut. So far I've never been wrong when I had that feeling. Idk why I didn't do a thorough check this time. I'm gonna be kicking myself for awhile over this one

Feeding the littlest girls their breakfast. There's JoJo and Eliza's babies, nice, proper, minimally marked, sober dairy...
03/19/2022

Feeding the littlest girls their breakfast. There's JoJo and Eliza's babies, nice, proper, minimally marked, sober dairy goat colors. Then there's Azalea's daughter, who looks like she just got done with a violent game of paintball. I'm not sure where I went wrong in my breeding philosophy. I also just bought a buck, knowing full well that he has moonspots. I may have lost my mind. Please send help. 😜

Cheese draining today!
03/19/2022

Cheese draining today!

Eliza had a fat single doeling last night.
03/18/2022

Eliza had a fat single doeling last night.

One more step (of very, very many) in the doe shed project-- doe pen expanded and they can use the as-yet unfinished hay...
03/17/2022

One more step (of very, very many) in the doe shed project-- doe pen expanded and they can use the as-yet unfinished hay feeder. Next step, concrete? If only money grew on trees! 😆

Once again we have raw goat milk available for sale! We are licensed to sell it. $6 a half gallon, let us know if you'd ...
03/16/2022

Once again we have raw goat milk available for sale! We are licensed to sell it. $6 a half gallon, let us know if you'd like to pick some up!

JoJo had quads... 3 more bucks and a doe. 🥴 I would have guessed she had at least 5 in there, but that's ok. Especially ...
03/14/2022

JoJo had quads... 3 more bucks and a doe. 🥴 I would have guessed she had at least 5 in there, but that's ok. Especially if she's going to make so many of them with danglies. 🙄

Azalea kidded with quads this afternoon, 3 bucks and a doe. 4 kids as a FF, apparently she's an overachiever like her mo...
03/14/2022

Azalea kidded with quads this afternoon, 3 bucks and a doe. 4 kids as a FF, apparently she's an overachiever like her mother Hazel. 🤦‍♀️ Her udder looks like it's going to be nice though!

JoJo is massive this year. Due any minute. I wonder how big of a herd she's going to pop out??
03/14/2022

JoJo is massive this year. Due any minute. I wonder how big of a herd she's going to pop out??

This is Thistlemoor REV Sweet Cicely, littermate sister to Pepper. She has better rear attachment and a little smoother ...
03/12/2022

This is Thistlemoor REV Sweet Cicely, littermate sister to Pepper. She has better rear attachment and a little smoother fore, and is also milking well, although not quite as much as Pepper. She freshened about 5 days after Pepper, so she's a little behind. It will be interesting to see if she gets closer to Pepper's production in another week or so.

Ethel somewhat surprised us this afternoon with two big fat doe kids. She had ligaments this morning, and I checked her ...
03/11/2022

Ethel somewhat surprised us this afternoon with two big fat doe kids. She had ligaments this morning, and I checked her around 1pm and nothing. So we were a little surprised when the girls brought these two into the house! They were a little chilled, so they're currently snoozing under a towel on the heating pad. Good for Ethel for kidding during the day and right before milking time! So convenient. 😁 One of these little does will be available. Ethel was a good milker as a yearling, so hopefully will also be impressive this year.

Before and after. That's a 2 quart pail. I need a new scale so I can get some milk weights on this girl! We will probabl...
03/11/2022

Before and after. That's a 2 quart pail. I need a new scale so I can get some milk weights on this girl! We will probably have a yearling FF daughter out of her available later this summer.

Thistlemoor REV Peppercorn, 2 year old 2nd freshener

Sire: Cloven Croft Acres Revolution
Dam: Thistlemoor Coriander

This girl, THISTLEMOOR SR BLUE HERON, has far exceded any expectations I could have had. I am so impressed with how her ...
03/10/2022

This girl, THISTLEMOOR SR BLUE HERON, has far exceded any expectations I could have had. I am so impressed with how her udder is shaping up to be and her will to milk so far is incredible! Her rear udder height is phenomenal! She's only fresh 3 ½ days but she's milking about ¾ gallon already. I hope she can continue to keep milking good while also growing. She is a 2 yr old FF, but she definitely needs to gain some size still.

We will be offering one of her does for sale once we figure out which one we're keeping. Kids are sired by NEVER FAIL WB MOTIVATION, who has an impressive pedigree and a long line of gorgeous udders behind him as well!

03/10/2022
Goat milk yogurt

A lot of people say you can't make thick yogurt out of goat milk unless you add gelatin or some other thickener, or strain it, but they just have the wrong breed of goats. 😜 This does not contain any added thickener, and was not strained. Just 100% Nigerian Dwarf milk. It'll spoil you for any other kind of milk. When I have to start mixing the Nubian milk in with the Nigerian, the yogurt won't turn out as well. Sorry Nubian people, my husband doesn't like it when I say this either, but the quality of the Nigerian milk just can't be beat!

Also, sorry the video is so terrible. Stirring with one hand and videoing and stabilizing the jar with the other doesn't work very well!

Fresh goat milk yogurt with fruit on the bottom! I've really missed yogurt while the does were dry and while all the mil...
03/09/2022

Fresh goat milk yogurt with fruit on the bottom! I've really missed yogurt while the does were dry and while all the milk was going to the goat kids. We are getting enough now that we're starting to use some ourselves! The girls are working hard and we will soon have milk (not for human consumption) available for sale as well! We have our pet food license to sell raw goat milk in the state of Indiana.

The itty bitty doe is doing great! She eats like a little pig and is the busiest, most hyperactive little bee you ever s...
03/07/2022

The itty bitty doe is doing great! She eats like a little pig and is the busiest, most hyperactive little bee you ever saw. She actually drinks more milk than her larger brother!
Midge (Bemidji) kids get place names, so we're calling her Monowi, after one of the smallest towns in the US.

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