Sable Dairy Goats

In the beginning, before we had dairy goats, my family was touring the dairy goat barn at the Alameda County Fair and we thought the beautiful Saanens had almost everything that made a dairy goat complete. Except color. Having a herd of all white animals just failed to appeal to us. If only Saanens came in colors…

Did you know that on the first ship that imported Saanens into this country, there were two does of Saanen ancestry but were colored? Panama Louise and her sister, Panama Zahre were grey and tan in color. Colored Saanens have occurred sporadically throughout the history of the breed. Approximately 5% of the Saanen population carries a recessive gene for color. Those of you that know me are aware that we raise purebred, registered Southdown sheep. Southdowns, and Montadales, a breed raised by a local school district are typically only seen in white. But occasionally a colored Southdown will crop up. Montadales, too. So this errant gene for color wasn’t a completely foreign idea to us.

We first saw Sables in 2009 when the ADGA National Show was held in Sacramento, California. We were showing Alpines but the Sables really intrigued me. Without local breeders to work with, share genetics with, I didn’t see how it would make sense to start raising them. I settled for admiring them online rather than in our own herd. But on our trip to the 2012 ADGA National Show in Loveland, Colorado, I met Klisse Foster and admitted to my secret love of Sables. It just so happened that she had a dry yearling she was willing to part with, and I just happened to have a semen tank with me so I could acquire some semen with which to breed her .  This is how it came to be that Klisse’s Innovation of Hope came to be the foundation sable doe for the Edenn Ranch herd. Inno, as we call her, freshened AT the Alameda County Fair in front of a huge audience. The crowd didn’t seem to faze her but delivering a tiny, live buck and a very large, un-live doe kid didn’t inspire her to make much effort on the milk stand. This year brought a much more successful A.I. to a sable buck so we are excited to see sable babies!

Inno

Champion AOP

SENIOR DOES

JUNIOR DOES


 

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