Hi to everyone from a breeder in Australia!

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by keren, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Hi everyone - I stumbled across this website last week and I am very excited! I am very active in a cattle forum (http://www.cattletoday.com/forum) and now that I have found the goat spot I can stop annoying everyone there with my goat talk.

    Okay so I better introduce myself. My name (logon name and real name) is Keren, I am from south eastern New South Wales in Australia. Our area is traditionally a mixed farming zone, with a lot of wheat production but also other cereals (barley, triticale, oats, also lupins, to a lesser extent field peas) and sheep (wool and meat) and cattle (predominantly beef). It is also good goat country as most properties have a mix of good arable land for improved pasture, along with more scrub type areas for browsing. Goats are becoming more and more popular in our area.

    My main love is Angoras - I currently have 32 stud angoras (12 adult does, 5 yearling does, 6 doe kids, 4 buck kids, 2 working bucks and 3 wethers, but hey, who's counting? :wink: ). Unfortunately the angora markets at the moment are not crash hot - we took a beating at our last fleece sale (mohair in Australia is sold through a cooperative auction system) and no one seems to want to buy seedstock.

    I also have stud and commercial Boer goats - 13 at the moment (5 does, 5 buck kids, 3 wethers). This is where the money is in Australia - and while I keep goats for the love of them, it is also nice to be able to make some money from my hobby. There is huge demand - demand that outweighs supply - for meat both domestically and on the export market, for breeding does and bucks within Australia, and for breeding stock for export to other countries, particularly at the moment Malaysia. The demand is for both fullbloods and crossbreds.

    I also have one dairy doe - a British Alpine - but I have an appendix Toggy on order and a Saanen cross, and I am hoping to expand the dairy side of things in the next few months. At the moment I am milking a Boer cross doe for our fridge.

    I have three Boer and 2 angora wethers currently training to harness and pack, so I guess I dapple in almost every type of goat (except minis).

    I also have 6 ewes and 1 ram - Merino and Merino x Poll Dorset - these were all given to me as bottle babies from the neighbours.

    I work on a property part time which runs approximately 300 Boer and Boer cross does - about 50% would be fullblood and the other 50% high percentage crossbreds. I have a second job as a stud cattle manager and groom for a local Murray Grey stud.

    I am also in my final year of uni studying a Bachelor of Science specialising in Animal Production.

    Summer is kicking off here in Australia and the goats are not impressed with the heat (neither am I). I have just finished kidding - have fourteen babies running around about 4 weeks old. My sick pens are pretty full and keeping me busy at the moment with a scouring flystruck sheep, an orphan lamb 2 days ols, a fullblood Boer doe who had a caesarian, another FB Boer doe who dis 7 weeks away from kidding and prolapsed last week, a xbred Boer who kidded premmie with triplets, a baby kid with a sore pelvis (he was picked up by another doe and thrown) and my British Alpine doe who may or may not be having a false pregnancy!

    Anyway, wow I have written a heap so I should probably stop now, and just finish off by saying I am excited to become part of this community!

    And I am looking forward to sharing some photos with you - I will get the digi camera out this afternoon and take photos of the flock and share some of their stories with you :)
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    Welcome Keren!! So happy you joined us.

    Very disapointed that I am going into winter and had to say good bye to summer already, enjoy it! :cool:

    Sounds like you have your hands full --- one day I hope to have a Ranch..........thats my dream

  3. PiccoloGoat

    PiccoloGoat goat girl x0x0

    Sep 10, 2008
    OMG Yay!! An aussie!!
    Welcome to the goat spot
    Wow now im really excited ^^
    Im the only aussie, cept for you of course :D
  4. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    hi! i think most of us are from the united states , so its neat to have some other countries! :cool:
    I'm in the northern part of the us, in alaska, so winter is in full swing already.

    wow, you have lots o' goats! i have 16 and i can say, i have enough, lol. looking forward to pictures, (we love them)
  5. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Hey Piccolo, we aussies can band together now and take over the boards! lol

    Where are you located? I am on the edge of the Riverina and South West Slopes in NSW, about forty minutes south of Wagga Wagga on the Olympic Highway towards Albury, a little hole called Yerong Creek.

    Alaska - goats are HIGHLY addictive. I started out with one pet wether (that story will be told in good time) and four years later, I have 46!

    Stacey - I gotta say I prefer winter, but then our winters are not in the same league as yours!

    Going out to take photos now ...
  6. PiccoloGoat

    PiccoloGoat goat girl x0x0

    Sep 10, 2008
    Keren im in the suburbian area of SW Sydney.
    I dont own any goaties :(
  7. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Welcome Keren!!! You really do have your hands full!! Lot's of goaties...and of course we will need piccies!
  8. FarmGirl18

    FarmGirl18 New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Hi Keren! Welcome! My sister is on the forum you mentioned, you've probably seen her over there (LimousinGirl).

    Glad you joined!
  9. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    Welcome Keren, Glad you are here with us. :wave: I have to say it is a great site to just stumble upon isn't it?
    WoW you really do have your hands full don't you?

    :stars: Here is to another Fiber goat person. I am so glad to see our numbers going up.

    I live in Colorado and I raise Grand Champion Cashmere goats. But I am the leader for the Fiber goats in out 4H county and we have a lot of kids that have Angora goats also.

    Can't wait to see pictures. OH my Nephew lives in Australia somewhere going to College.
  10. Amy Goatress

    Amy Goatress New Member

    Oct 1, 2008
    Hi and welcome to TGS!
  11. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    Welcome from Idaho :wave:

    I am so glad that you found us. Oh, and you just had to say it was summer down there, when I am cutting wood for winter here - LOL!

    Can't wait to see all the pictures and what a herd of goaties you have - Congrats!
  12. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Hi everyone - so so sorry I have taken a heap of photos but photobucket is being its usual problematic self.

    Bethany - yes, I have seen your sister over at cattletoday, how funny is that?

    Lori, always glad to help boost the numbers of fibre goat people lol it seems like there are a lot of dairy and mini people on these boards!

    okay, this is just an experiment, to see if posting photos this way will work

  13. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Yay it worked! I will get going on those photos!
  14. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    That is a very pretty pic! Now....to the goaties :wink:
  15. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    liz, that was an incredible dust storm we had the other day.

    I am uploading goatie photos to ranchers.net as we speak - but it takes a while. Somehow I always forget to turn the res down on the camera when I want internet photos. I will post them here once they are uploaded!
  16. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    keren................. a very big HOWDY to you......... :wave: .......so happy you have joined .............cannot wait to see more pics........that wind storm looked bad for the eyes...........WOW
    I am from Northern California................... :)
  17. creaturesall

    creaturesall Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Langdon, AB Canada
    A big :wave: WELCOME :wave: from Canada.
    TGS is a great spot to vacation

  18. FarmGirl18

    FarmGirl18 New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Wow, looks like a serious wind storm!

    I asked my sister if she had seen you over on CT and sure enough she knew who you were! :)
  19. grandmajo

    grandmajo Member

    Oct 14, 2008
    Pioneer, Ohio
    Welcome Keren! I used to have a pen pal buddy over there that was also in the cattle business, how cool. Anyways, glad to have you with us!

  20. FancyAppy

    FancyAppy New Member

    Oct 21, 2008