I have been breeding Mt Zion goats for over 30 years right here on the same farm. Fred moved in and combined his
herd with ours some 15 or 18 years ago. Started with a couple of grade Alpines, White Clouds Guidl (sired by A-I
You Winsir, a Laurel Hill Brigadoon daughter) and her daughter Tanya (close Laurel Hill breeding) and then bought 2
more daughters of a Laurel Hill buck. I really, really liked the Laurel Hill lines and bought my foundation bucks at
the same time. The first came from the Masala Chai herd of David and Holly Koteen who founded the herd almost
entirely on Laurel Hill bloodlines. He was ++*B Masala Chai Sienna's Tumult (GCH Masala Cha Sienna 2*M x
++*B Laurel Hill Spade), Sienna being sired by ++*B GCH Glacier Silver Gorgeous George (whose dam was
heavily Laurel Hill breeding) and whose dam GCH Masala Chai Lupoo 2*M was herself a Spade daughter out of a
doe sired by A-I You Winsir. The other buck was Ark Noah's Cinnamon Bear (grandson of Laurel Hill Shammy)
out of a daughter of GCH Naches Jeremy Velvet's Raven, again tightly linebred Laurel Hill. For many years, the
only outside bucks used were from the herds of two other Oregon breeders who relied heavily on Laurel Hill
breeding, Miriam Jeswine's Glacier herd and Diane Heaney's Emperor Alpines.
My son Tony and daughter-in-law
Andrea and two grandsons, Isaac and Adair live next door and are ADGA members and partners on the farm. Tony
and Andhi have managed the farm -- breeding, deliveries, and baby care -- for the past six years.
I have a deep commitment
to the American Dairy Goat Association. I've been elected District VII Director for
several terms and served on several ADGA committees (Annual Meeting, Education, Production, Awards). I am
currently Chair of the ADGA History Committee.
On a local level I have served as past President and Director of North West Dairy Goat Herd Improvement
Association. I have edited and written for several Dairy Goat publications, most recently the North West Oregon
Dairy Goat Association News. I also do an annual presentation at the NWODGA conference. I have a full time
commitment to my research job as well as part time teaching anthropology at a local community college. This
prohibits showing at more than a very few nearby shows. However when we do get out to a show it is one of high
quality animals with strong northwest competition. I've never been good at taking pictures, but that now I have a
website I might very well do better this show season! I have been on continuous DHIR (without even a dry period)
for over 20 years. A couple of years on group and the rest on standard (who wants to be in a group with someone
with 100+ goats on test in the winter?) Especially someone who milks by hand...