Fall is here and winter is coming!

follow url At Pruittville Farms we are enjoying the cooler weather of Fall.    The extremely wet Spring gave way to a wet summer through June.  Unfortunately it turned dry and we have not had measurable precipitation since July 2nd.   Fortunately because we have our own hay equipment, we were able to get a supply in for the winter because we had to start feeding hay in September!    We had some new additions to the farm as Jude and Aliyah Oglesby the children of our daughter Lydia and her husband Aaron spent the summer in our guest trailer while waiting on the building of the manufactured home.  Jude who is 6 came in one morning and sighed, “I LOVE Pruittville” and of course that just made our day!

source link We are excited about breeding season as we used the miracle of AI to inseminate a number of the goats bringing forward the genetics of some of our older sires such as GCH Heatherwood Clovers Saint and two of his grandsons:  Pruittville’s Huckleberry Finn (POTF Royal Marcus X SGCH Pruittville’s Huckleberry 92EEEE) and CH Pruittville’s Explorer (Kastdemur’s Next Expedition X SGCH Pruittville’s Huckleberry 92EEEE).   Hopefully we will be successful with these AIs but if not we will use our genetic powerhouses like Pruittville’s E/H Super Nitro and Pruittville’s Lincoln.   If all goes well, November should bring us some winter milk with GCH Pruittville’s Snap Dragon and Pruittville’s Java Latte kidding late in the month with kids sired by Lincoln.

http://hickscountry.com/2016/11/07/steve-wariner-guests-on-swedish-country-rocker-hicks-new-single-stomp-a-little-louder/ We went to a fall show at the Mississippi State Fair which was a wonderful family event.  In all we took 7 goats – four milkers and  3 juniors. In large classes, our grandchildren participated in showmanship.  A  Aliyah Oglesby (age 9) practiced hard and was delighted with 2nd place while her cousin, Katie Pruitt (age 8) placed third.   Andrew Pruitt (age 11) placed 2nd in his class while Luke (14) and Adrianna (17) placed 3rd in their classes.

see The Senior show began with our first freshening yearling Louisiana placing 2nd in her class, then Rejoice was the first place 2 year old.  In the 3 year old class, Popcorn and Savannah were 1st and 2nd.   Rejoice and Popcorn were in the champion lineup and then the Judge choose Popcorn as the Champion of the day.   Savannah was then brought back into the ring and was chosen as the Reserve Champion.   After the Champion class, three finished Champions were brought in to challenge Popcorn for Best of Breed and Popcorn was chosen and then won Best Udder of Breed.   As the Best Of Breed winner Popcorn was exhibited for Best in Show and won the Best In Show Award.

click here The Junior show started and we had 3 does in 3 classes.   Two of our does placed 3rd in their classes but Andrew showed Serenity to first place.   In the championship class he presented her to the judge to her best potential and she won Junior Grand Champion.  Since Nubians were the last breed shown, they then brought in the Recorded Grands, Alpines, AOP, Lamancha and the Nubian champions and Andrew showed her to Best Jr Doe In Show!




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Raising Kids the Natural Way – by Tim Pruitt 

source site We raise our kids separate from their dams and on pasteurized milk. However, you can raise them on their dams. I have written this article to help those that want to do so.

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http://kokiqq.net/?ruuw=binary-options-trading-gold&989=db Owning dairy goats can be time consuming and labor intensive. However, if we the breeders will deal with diseases, we can raise kids to become healthy adults without spending the hours of pasteurizing and hand-feeding requires. Kids can be kept with their dams and raised in family groups eliminating needs for multiple pens to keep different age groups separate. The doe kids bond with their dam and the pecking order is less of a problem as no yearling is a stranger. Having grown up with the herd each will know its place in the herd.

Dealing with disease: Although there are other contagious diseases than Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE) that can be passed from dam to kids – it is one that is most often passed through the milk. Annual testing of your herd will help ensure that you maintain a CAE negative herd. This is very important since you will be dam-raising your kids and the colostrum and milk is the major way of spreading this disease. One reason I believe that this disease ran rampant in dairy herds in years past is because of pooling raw milk to feed kids. By pooling the milk from the whole herd, if one doe was infected then the whole kid crop became infected. Thus the spread was rampant. One of the main reasons for doing this of course was so that the kids would bond to their human handlers rather than their dams and thus would be gentle and easy to handle. However, this desired bonding can be done even with dam raised kids if done properly. Does who test positive should be removed and completely separated from the herd and their kids raised on pasteurized milk. This is extremely important since nursing kids will often steal milk from another dam while her kid is nursing. Even a sip of the milk from the infected doe could mean infection to your otherwise clean herd. Please do not consider dam raising until you are sure of the health status of your herd. Also if you think you can have tame kids without putting some time into them, then dam raising will result in disappointment. Goats like horses or any other type of livestock will be wild unless some time and effort is given to keep them tame.

In my opinion, goat kids are not born wild, it is a learned behavior. The secret of dam-raising will be bonding with the kids from birth. If their mother, sibling or herd mate runs from you, they will follow their example. However, if they are accustomed to you and your touch from birth then they will be gentle and tame throughout life. It is important to be at every birth to give assistance or assurance to the doe and kids. Since goats often have multiple kids, mom can be distracted by the labor while having another kid while the new born is still in its sack. Being there to clean the kid’s mouth and nose and placing it away from the dam that is pawing (nesting) can save a kid’s life. Do all the normal things, such as using iodine on the navel and giving the kid a quick health check. Leaving the kids alone with the doe and walking away at this time is the wrong thing to do. Instead milk the doe and feed the kid a bottle within an hour of birth. If it won’t eat, then wait another hour and try again but make sure the kid consumes at least 5 to 8 ounces or more of colostrum. You can then leave the kid with the mother letting the kid nurse from the dam at will. Helping the kid find the teat is sometime necessary to ensure it gets a good start. It is beneficial if the new mother and the kids have a few days to stay together alone in a pen of their own for bonding before returning to the herd. After about three days, let the new mama and her kids out into the main herd, usually you will find that after a sniff or two the herd will accept them. Kids raised on their mothers will mimic what she does and will learn to eat feed, alfalfa pellets and hay quicker than bottle raised kids. If parasites are kept under control, the kids will grow off more quickly than bottle raised kids because they can eat when they are hungry all throughout the day and it is always at the right temperature.

By the time the kids are 10 days to 2 weeks of age, they should be penned away from their mothers at night. This is important, as this will be part of their bonding to you. Each morning, for the first month, it is helpful to give a bottle of the mother’s milk to each kid before returning them to their dams. The kids will be hungry and will more readily take a bottle. You can drop this to a bottle every other morning or even 3 times a week after the first week or so. Although this might be unnecessary for the kids you are planning to retain in the herd, teaching them to take a bottle will allow you to sell a kid before weaning because it will readily take a bottle. This also helps if you are going to show the dam as you can feed the kid while the mother is bagged up for the show. Also if for some reason you decide to sell the dam or the kid, it is easily transferred to bottle feeding. This is also helpful if the doe should die or become ill and cannot nurse her kids because of treatment etc. For the first month, I pick each kid up and pet it as I return it to its mother. After the kid is a month old, I put a collar on it and lead it to its mom, that way, it learns to lead and does not have to be dragged around the show ring. The kid soon learns that not only does it get food from me, I am also the one who helps it find its mother (its source of food). While away from mom, you can feed it pellets or feed with a coccidiastat. Because it will be hungry every morning, it will even more readily eat its feed.

Care of the doe: You will milk out the doe completely every night, removing all of the milk from her udder. In the mornings, for the first month, you can leave a little milk in the udder for the kids but this is unnecessary if you have given the kid a bottle before releasing it to the herd.

After the first month, I milk the doe completely every morning, taking all of the milk. This will encourage the hungry kid to eat feed or hay with its dam. Within 2 hours after milking, the mother will have adequate milk to feed its babies and she will continually make milk throughout the day. Sometimes kids will favor one teat more than another and especially a single kid. If at night, you find the doe with more milk in one side than the other, tape the favored teat the next morning for a day or two forcing the kids to nurse both sides of the udder. This will keep her mammary from becoming uneven.

One of the advantages of dam raising is that the doe is never overfull during the day and can better fit to your schedule. You don’t have to worry about being late for the evening chores because the kids are relieving her all day long. The kids too are being fed as they need it eliminating the need for you to feed multiple feedings during the day. Allowing her to make 12 hours of milk during the night gets her used to carrying milk and keeps her from arching her back during the show. It also keeps her from walking around all evening with a full udder putting strain on udder attachments. Does who are allowed to raise their kids seldom blow teats like often happens with does that are bagged up morning and evening and you will find that evening chores take less time because there are usually just a few squirts of milk to be removed from the udder.

Multiple kids: Having triplets and especially quads can be a challenge to dam raising. Sometimes, you can graft at least one of the quads onto another doe who has a single kid or you may have bottle it a couple morning and evening to make sure they are all getting the proper amount. Keeping a watchful eye on their progress will result in more proper developed kids.

You will find with penning the kids each night, the kids will quickly learn the routine and will come when called into their pen for their evening feed. Because our Sundays are rather busy, we leave the kids out on Saturday night to minimize the chores on Sunday, cutting down on our milking time.

Although each goat breeder must find what works for them, we find that dam raising produces happier does and healthier and happier kids if managed properly.


To sum up this topic, let me emphathize again the importance of having a clean herd and being a responsible breeder by being responsible not spreading disease. This is important whether you have $50 goats or $1000 goats. Here at Pruittville, we will pull a pre-ordered kid at birth and feed it pasteurized milk and heat-treated colostrum. It is not being a responsible breeder to spread disease by pretending or hoping that one’s herd is clean.

While testing may not be 100% accurate, it is still an excellent tool at your disposal. Use it! Cull all disease from your herd by isolating or butchering. This is a price I was willing to pay years ago to have a clean herd and have maintained that status for many years now. However I personally know of goat breeders that have not done this and continue to spread disease even after years of knowledge of knowing how to prevent it because they will not cull or isolate diseased animals from the herd.

Although heat treating the colostrum or pastuerizing the milk is not 100% foolproof, it is a great tool. There are a number of reasons why it is not failproof. You can fail to reach and hold the proper temperature on the colostrum or have equipment failure and the temperature not reach the desired temps or simply have human error. Chances of human error can increase when you have others (children, hired help, or spouses) do your pastuerizing.

By testing, you can separate the affected animals and not use their milk for animal consumption.

Let’s face it, dam raising increases the risk of spreading disease because of feeding raw milk to your kids just as drinking raw milk does when feeding for human consumption. Pastuerizing minimizes those risk. Testing (isolating and culling) further minimizes those risks. By all means, do your part in preventing the spread of disease by first making certain your herd is clean and then supplying only disease free animals for the enjoyment of others.

by Tim Pruitt

From the blog – HB 247 Louisiana Raw Milk Bill

There is a bill that is going to come before the Agriculture committee here in Louisiana. Finally! Wow! It is a shame to me that we are having to ask for our freedoms back. There has been a long tradition of freedom where neighbors bartered with neighbors for basic needs. A neighbor might trade eggs or another commodity for milk or a farmer could sell what was produced on his farm to anybody who wanted it. These basic human freedoms are being denied in our state. HB 247 will allow for someone to come to your farm, inspect it for cleanliness and purchase milk at the farm site. This is a win–win for everybody. This will not compete with those who have completed government requirements to provide pasteurized milk to the public. They are able to market their product in stores and farmer’s market and by public advertising. Homesteaders under the provisions of HB 247 will not be allowed to do this. Those who want their milk will have to drive to their farm and get it. Besides this, people who want raw milk don’t want it pasteurized and it should be their freedom of choice to buy that milk without interference from the government and the homesteader who does this should not be treated as a criminal. For crying out loud, Americans should have the freedom of choice – this is America! Yes, I know there may be certain dangers with drinking raw milk that could be sited here just as there are certain dangers with eating raw spinach. Every year there are children die from swimming pools, even owning a gun can be dangerous to someone’s health but is that a reason for the government to interfere and deny us those basic rights to bear arms? New USDA regulations are forcing pecan farmers in America to either grow cattle or pecans as they cannot harvest pecans unless cattle has been removed from the grove for more than a year. Each year more and more of our freedoms are being taken away by a government who wants more control over our lives and has gradually stripped us from basic freedoms. I have often remarked, you might as well be pedaling dope in Louisiana as to sell raw milk from your farm so we don’t do it. However, laws in Louisiana allow people to chose to smoke cigarettes which has been the leading cause of lung cancer, but we can’t purchase raw milk and drinking it from a neighbor who is a farmer? Please join with us by promoting our Louisiana agriculture and our freedoms.

Fall is here! 2013

Well fall is upon us with more moderate temperatures.  It’s time to plant winter rye and seed the clover again.   Some needed rain has softened the soil for planting.

Breeding season is going strong with the bucks in full rut.  The little guys (our junior herdsires) are acting like the big boys.

We have a couple Artificial inseminations that we have done.  One to Gch Price O The Field Royal Marcus to CH Pruittville’s N/E Razzberry 90VEVE.   We hope this breeding will produce another GCH Pruittville’s Huckberry Frost 91VEEE.   We have found that the POTF genetics cross well with the Kastdemur bred animals.   So using Marcus over an Expedition daughter should work.  Also the same was trues with breeding SGCH Pruittville’s Huckleberry to GCH Price O The Field Royal Marcus – that breeding produced awesome offspring – the most famous was GCH Pruittville’s Huckberry Frost 91VEEE.  So we are trying this again – this time taking a Huckleberry daughter to Royal Marcus.  Only time will tell what the results will be – but until then we can hope and dream.

Another AI was GCH Price O The Field Dutch Man to CH Pruittville’s Sugar Candy 90VEEE.  This breeding should produce excellent results in both show and milk.  Dutch Man was a prepotent sire with over 10 Champions including National Reserve Champion POTF Dutchess.  Although the doe kids are reseved , a new sire from either of these breedings would be a great addition to any herd.

Other breedings are already done with more to come for March.   Who knows? We may slip in a few breedings to some of our early Spring babies who are now over 100 pounds!   We will do this in order to keep them from getting too fat as dry yearlings.

If you have not reserved a kid – please hurry as our reservations are filling up!

An Amazing Summer!

Well, Summer is going by fast and here we are at the end of August. The old saying is that time flies when you are having fun and we have had loads of fun! Our summer has been cooler than some in the past with the more moderate temperatures that I remember as a boy. What a relief to escape the drought and the extreme heat of the summers past! We have had adequate rainfall and this has brought about a glut of hay. It seems with farming it is either feast or famine! The Spring kidding season was exciting with new kids and watching our younger does bloom into beautiful milkers. It was another sold out year for us as all buck and doe kids that were available for sale went to their new homes. Congratulations to all of our clients, we hope that they turn out to be better than your highest hopes and dreams. We were able to keep six doe kids to strengthen our milking and show string. Four of these youngsters have already won a dry leg toward their championship, the other two were too young to take to the show and will either get their turn this fall or next Spring. We kept a doe kid from these breedings: Gch Huckberry Frost X POTF Lizzie’s Rex, Gch Snap Dragon X Starbuck, Pepper X Kastdemur’s Show and Tell, Ginger Snap X Explorer, and Raspberry X Explorer. We also added 3 young bucks to our herd, Pruittville’s Monarch (CH Java Chiller X Starbuck) Pruittville’s Doctor Iron Beard (CH Caramel Corn X CH Apollo) and Pruittville’s Lincoln (GCH Huckberry Frost X Price O The Field Lizzie’s Rex). We also brought home Explorer’s son and littermate to Poinsettia, Pruittville’s E/H Super Nitro. We had some does that left the herd, Pepper and Raspberry but we were really saddened when Gch Sugar Baby died from a torn uterus after giving birth to 3 large buck kids. Another tragedy was losing our herd sire Explorer to an injury. However the cycle of life and death goes on with a farm, the joys of having new kids and the loss of ones that we love. It is part of the whole process and makes life challenging. This summer took us to St. Paul, MN for the 2013 ADGA National Show. It was a grueling all night trip for our team. Frost our aged 9 year old did not travel well and took several days to recover. She actually gave us a scare, as we were worried about her not eating or drinking. By the end of the week she had recovered some but didn’t make the milk we had hoped for. Of the 9 animals we took to represent our farm, we placed in the top ten with all but one who stood at 11th place in her class. In the Juniors, we took 2nd place in the yearling class with Savannah and overall had 2nd place best 3 females. In the seniors division in the 4 year old class, Caramel Corn was 3rd with 2nd udder. Our biggest win though was with Java Chiller who was 1st place 3 year old and 1st udder. She then went on to win Reserve Best Udder! In the group classes, we had the 2nd place best 3 females and the 5th place dairy herd. We left the National Show feeling that we represented our farm and the Nubian breed well with hopes and dreams of bigger wins in years to come. Breeding season is now upon us and plans are being made for the next spring crop of kids. Be sure and watch for our breeding page to be updated with our exciting plans for 2014 kidding season!

Happy New Year

2012 closes for us and with the new year there are fresh hopes and dreams.  All of the goats are settled down as pregnant ladies waiting now for freshening.  Sparkle (Frost X Explorer) looks promising as she developes her first udder.  To me, this is as exciting as new kids because you are watching those yearlings develop and become the doe you hoped and dreamed for.  We had several successful AI breedings.  GCH Huckberry Frost 91VEEE is bred to Price O The Field Lizzie’s Rex – an oldie but goodie -esp when we think about Rex siring our beautiful doe Nantucket.   We have high hopes for these kids.   Another doe, Pruittville’s Poinsettia settled to Price O The Field Royal Marcus.   Other outside breedings are Sparkle to Pruittville’s Easy Money (full brother to Lantana) and Pruittville’s Pepper bred to Kastdemur’s Show and Tell.  Then there is Honeysuckle bred to Triumph again – hoping for another Gabriella (our National Reserve Junior Champion) who dropped dead after a reaction to a shot.   Then our junior herdsire Starbuck (Kastdemur’s Mr. Kastdemur X CH Pruittville’s N/E Razzberry) is going to have his first babies!

We have plans for the Nationals in MN.  Plans for Linear Appraisal and might even do milk test.  Lots of hopes and dreams.

Timothy has worked tirelessly on a new barn.This new barn is complete with a milk room with 8 stand stanchion, new kitchen with stove, fridge and microwave.  It has an office and a bathroom complete with shower.  There is also a large feed room to store all the feed and necessary items to make a dairy work.   Thank you Timothy and family and all our many friends who labored to make this possible and gave a helping hand.

We know that our blessings come from God above and we are grateful for the wonderful blessings that He has bestowed on us, our farm and our families.  God has certainly been gracious to us.

Happy New Year To All

The Pruitts


We are headed into breeding season and the bucks are ready! We have made a couple of exciting AI plans and will be AI’ing Gch Pruittville’s Huckberry Frost to *B Price O The Field Luke and CH Pruittville’s LG Lantana to SGCH Price O The Field Royal Marcus. We will begin by inserting a CIDR and then doing the AI some days later. Already, we are vaccinating and prepping the does and bucks for breeding season. Because we are making serious plans to go to the National Show in 2013, we are planning on kidding most every one in March or April. That way, we won’t have stale does to take to the Nationals. National Shows and planned breedings require planning way ahead.

Some of you may be browsing our site and might be considering a kid purchase. I had one person refuse her kid and forfeited her deposit because she was looking for a spectacular kid. Twins had been born to a doe and they were both equally beautiful, but because the client didn’t have first pick, (as we were keeping one) the client refused the kid saying, “She did not want just any goat, she wanted a spectacular goat.” I explained to her that we don’t offer “spectacular” goats for sale. We offer purebred Nubian kids for purchase but we don’t sell “spectacular” goats. We have no way of knowing if a kid will turn out to be spectacular, other than knowing they are healthy and show no obvious flaws when they leave the farm. Even goats with that kind of potential will take the proper management to cultivate and bring out that potential. We would certainly hope that every kid from Pruittville Farms will turn out to be spectacular but our experience with the Nubian breed is that genetics don’t always line up to produce spectacular offspring. We do strive to “breed the best to the best” and then “we hope for the best”. If you look at our pedigrees, you will see a line up of generations of animals who have appraised excellent. We hope that every one of these will become spectacular. Looking back into Nubian History, the great SGCH Hallcienda Frost Marvin produced over 500 offspring of which only 25 were Grand Champion! That means less than 5% of his offspring became Champions. His son, Smooth Operator was an incredible sire with 533 offspring of which 9.3% were Champion.  SGCH Brown Sugar’s Crown Ambassador was the sire of 238 offspring of which only 7% became Champions!  That means a purchase of one of these renown buck’s kids there is less than 10% chance of getting a Champion.  What were those other offspring of these great bucks? Some were above average, some were average and some were just culls. Perhaps some of these “above average” animals were sold to non-show homes or because of accident or disease were unable to reach their potential. Are you looking for a “spectacular” kid? We hope the odds for spectacular kids are in our favor as we plan our breedings, but there are no guarantees. Are you looking for purebred Nubian kids? That’s what we offer and with lots of luck, hard work, sweat and tears, and proper management, your purchase just might become spectacular.

New Logo

We decided it was time for a new logo for our farm.   I sent a picture of CH Pruittville’s Sugar Baby (who has a beautiful head that appraises Excellent) to Lynne Fancher.  Lynne made a drawing of her head and then transformed it into a beautiful Logo for us.

We will now use this logo on our farm web pages and some new business cards.

Spring is upon us and more new kids should arrive within a week from Sugar Baby and Caramel Corn.  Right now, we are milking 6 does and will milk a maximum of 12 does this year.

February 2012

The last day of December brought us a new addition to the milking string.   Poinsettia freshened with a single doe kid.  After a month, we are happy to say that this Explorer daughter has a very nice mammary that is well attached.  We would like to see her milk a little more but since she only had a single the hormones has not alerted her young body to give an abundant milk supply.   In January, we had Pennyroyal, Eclipse, Echo and Honeysuckle to kid.    Already some of the kids have gone to their new homes.   Check out our sale page for those we have left.

We just received a report from Bio-Tracking that all of our does left to kid are indeed pregnant and all are CAE negative.


We had very brutal summer with over 50 days of 100 + degrees.  It broke records for this part of the country.  We are on the edge of Texas and the drought they are experiencing also covers our area so we have had little or no rain.  What little hay was made was snatched up early but fortunately we obtained hay for our goats and cattle through a good friend in Northern Arkansas.  We started feeding hay in September to our Zebu cattle and Timothy’s three horses.  The goats get some hay year round.

Breeding season is upon us and we are watching every day for the girls to cycle.  We have tried AI’ing a couple of does and hopefully they will settle.  We took Razzberry to visit the young buck, Kastdemur’s Mr. Kastdemur and she was bred to him.  How exciting to add old and tried genetics through AI to some Price O The Field bucks and explore new genetics to us through Mr. Kastdemur!   Thanks to Jan for her kindness and generosity!

October has brought some exciting events as Java Chiller and Sugar Candy both freshened.  Both does show very promising, well attached udders.  There is nothing so rewarding as seeing the offspring of your bucks passing on these kind of udders to their offspring.  Both Apollo and Explorer are proving themselves to be producers of quality offspring!