hank you for your interest in my herd of American Alpines. I have been selectively breeding Olentangy dairy goats for the past 36 years, and prior to that under the prefix, M&M ACRES. My mother purchased my first ADGA registered goat in 1982 and every doe in the herd descends from that first 4-H kid. Our first herd name, M&M Acres translated as “Mom & Me” or “Margaret & Mark”...those were fun days. The herd name changed in 1992 when I obtained my ADGA judges license to the current prefix. OLENTANGY is an Algonquin Indian name meaning 'River of Red Face Paint'. The Olentangy river flows through central Ohio and The Ohio State University, from which I am a proud alumnus. My current herd consists of 30 American Alpines and 5 LaManchas. The herd relocated 2,400 miles from Northwest Ohio to Western Washington in April 2001 where our Western home has the beautiful backdrop of Mt. Rainier, the iconic image of the state.
Over the past 36 years of involvement in caprine culture, we participate in ALL ADGA programs available: DNA typing (every buck we have owned), Classification (back in 1987), Linear Appraisal (23 times including the past 17 consecutive years), production testing; Standard DHIA Testing and Advanced Registry. I have also been fortunate to exhibit at 12 ADGA National Shows in '94, '96, '97, ’98, '00, '03, ‘05, ’07, '09, '12, '13 and 2015 in Redmond, Oregon to gauge our performance and compare directly with other Alpine breeding programs. 2016 has been another busy year, while only showing at three venues, we have faced quality West Coast competition at each show, still finishing three, new champions. Our 17th consecutive Linear Appraisal session was in late August 2016. We have a current herd average of 89.8 with a range of 85 - 93 including all yearlings and bucks. In production, we've made DHI Provo's list of Top Herds in the country with a rolling herd average of 3,142 pounds, that's our highest herd average ever!
The herd’s 2016 titles included: 13 x GCH, 5 x RGCH, 2 x BOB and 3 BIS awards, with 6 different animals winning official ADGA qualifying legs and, THREE newly finished champions in TEMIR, EMERALD, and CHIPPENDALE. CHIPPENDALE is a 7th consecutive generation show champion award winner that we have bred! We attended the fewest number of shows in 2016 over the past 10 years (only 3 locations) due to my ADGA Linear Appraisal and professional obligations, and were thrilled to be awarded Premier Breeder & Exhibitor at the Washington State Fair. Our plans for 2017 include; annual CAE testing, continued DNA Typing (our goal is 100% herd Parentage Verification by 2018), DHIR standard testing, Linear Appraisal Scoring, attending the Madison, Wisconsin ADGA National Show as well as other regional shows including another NEW State Fair exhibition to the Minnesota State Fair over Labor Day Weekend, we can't wait!
We follow a CAEV prevention program with testing through WSU/VMP every year, the herd tested 100% negative most recently on 2/20/2016, and we test EVERY animal that is over 8 months old, every year. In 2017 many kids will be dam raised. While my herd has been CAE negative for over two decades, I understand that some customers prefer their new purchases be raised on heat-treated colostrum and pasteurized goat milk or milk replacer. This is an option for an additional $150. To reserve your Olentangy kid, a $100 deposit is required with remaining balance due within 14 days of notification of birth. We ask that you pick a first and second kid choice in the event that your 1st choice is not available so your needs can still be met. If we are unable to fill your order or the animal does not meet our standard of quality, this deposit may be transferred to another animal or semen, but deposits along with any monies paid on cancelled orders are not refunded. Prices quoted are for pre-ordered kids picked-up or shipped no older than 45 days of age, boarding fees will apply after that age. Health certificates (in 2016 averaged $50-75), crates (depending on size needed range from $75-$100) and airline shipping fees (we prefer United Airlines, $325-$375 depending on kennel & contents weight) must be paid in full before shipping. We reserve the option to purchase 20 units of semen for the cost of collection on all bucks.
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