Oberhasli & Nigerian Dwarf

Dairy Goats

Welcome to Heaven's Hollow, located in the beautiful northeastern Colorado plains. We maintain a small Oberhasli dairy goat herd, with an emphasis on milk, show, and quality rather than quantity.

2009 National Champion

SGCH Heaven’s Hollow Shotsi 5*M

2005 National Jr Champion

2006 National Premier Youth Exhibitor

2008 National Reserve Sr Champion

2008 National Reserve Jr Champion

2008 National Premier Breeder

2008 National Premier Exhibitor

2008 National 1st place Dairy Herd

2008 National 1st place Best 3 females

2008 National Highest 305 Milk and Butterfat

2009 National  Champion

2009 National Premier Breeder

2009 National 1st place Dairy Herd

2009 National 1st place Best 3 females

2009 National Highest 305 Milk

Shotsi_08.jpgHistory

Thank you for your interest in our dairy goat herd.  Heaven’s Hollow Farm is located in northeastern Colorado.  We have been raising dairy goats since 1984, when we purchased our first Nubian does because my daughter Nicole was allergic to baby formula.  It didn’t take us long to fall in love with their personalities, and soon Nicole was showing them in 4H.  In 1990, we moved to our current location and were forced to sell our lovely does.   It took us several years to build all the necessary facilities, but before we knew it we were back into the goat business.

  

In 1997, Jill decided to take goats as a 4H project.  This time, we purchased several LaMancha does and after a couple years attended our first ADGA sanctioned show.  It was at this show that we saw our first Oberhasli goats and instantly fell in love.  It didn't take long for Obers to take over the entire barn! We have found the Oberhasli breed to be more docile than the other dairy goat breeds. We love their dispositions, gentleness, and personalities. Our herd now consists of mostly Oberhasli and a few Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats. 

Appraisal & Milk TestHerd Health

We have been on a strict CAE prevention program since the start of our herd.  We annually test every goat on our place.  Our first goats came from herds that had tested negative year after year.  In addition, all births are attended.  We keep as closed of a herd as possible.  We do not allow other herds on our property, and no new animals are ever allowed on our premise unaccompanied by a negative CAE test and health papers.   New additions to our herd are also quarantined to ensure the animal is in good health.  We are very particular when we go to shows about where we pen our animals and who comes into contact with them.  Kids are raised on heat treated colostrum and pasteurized milk by bottle and lambar.

 

We annually test all of our animals for CAE to show that we maintain a disease free herd. Or herd is also free of Scrape, TB, CL, Johnes, Bruc, and abscess.  We have some Jersey cows on our property who are also tested (always neg) for TB and Johnes. 

 

Our herd is current on their vaccinations (CD&T), wormed regularly, and hooves are always kept trimmed.  We supplement our goats with copper and BoSe triannually. All of our goats are always disbudded approximately a week after birth; we have no goats with horns on our farm as we feel they would only endanger themselves and others.

Animal Care

Our milkers and growing kids are fed 14% sweet grain mix (mainly corn, oats, and barley), beet pulp, black oil sunflower seeds, and calf manna, as well as free choice alfalfa and grass hay.  Dry animals are given grass hay and calf manna daily.  Everyone also receives free choice baking soda, minerals, and rock salt.  Our goats are not run together.  Instead, we keep them in groups of 5 to 10.  This allows us to create a custom ration for each pen of like animals, and it would also allow us to quickly control and eliminate the spread of any disease, should the need ever arise.  The following website has some very valuable information regarding the care of goats.  Whether you are a seasoned goat veteran or a first time owner, it has some great content that may benefit you.  http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/livestock/goat/pdf/bta01s05.pdf

2008 Nationals– Awards

We have our herd linear appraised every other year, and our herd has been on standard milk tests (DHIA) for the past few years.  We try to attend at least five ADGA sanctioned shows a year.  We also attended the ADGA Nationals, as long as it is within a couple days driving distance. 

These last few years have been amazing for our herd.  Our linear appraisal scores are better than we ever imagined.  We currently have two LA scores of 92, two of 91, two of 90, one 89, and two of 88.  All but three of our Oberhalsi milkers have received their SG (Superior Genetics) designation, and all but two of our Ober milkers are CH does (permanent champions). 

Shotsi won the Highest 305 milk award at the National show in 2008, and then won the total performer award in 2010. Jezabell also made the 2007, 2008, and 2009 USDA Elite doe List.  Shotsi and Jezabell both were awarded the highest Swiss Bell award, the Golden Bucket award, in 2009. Throughout the years, we have had several of our does on the top ten milk list for milk, butterfat, and protein production including Lil Lady, Shotsi, Jezabell, and Zoretta. 

2010 National Jr Champion Nigerian

2010 National Total Performer Award

2010 National Premier Sire - Owner

2010 National Champion’s Sire - Owner

2010 Res Jr National Champion’s Sire - Owner

Heaven's Hollow

 

Jill Whomble

Shelly Thomas

 

970-332-3380 or 970-630-6330

25912 Co Rd HH, Wray, Colorado  80758

 

heavens_hollow@yahoo.com

www.heavenshollowdairygoats.net

 

 

Site Updated 9-20-2014

2010 National Jr Champion

CH NC Promised Land Bella

2010 Nationals– pet me, pet me!

2009 Nationals– milked out and waiting to be checked

2007 Nationals– Ready to head home

2005 Nationals– Our 1st National Champion

2006 Nationals– Our 1st Colorama Sale consignment

Unable to attend Nationals, but our buck still did well!

              2011 National Premier Sire - Owner

              2011 Res National Champion’s Sire - Owner

              2011 OK Stat Fair 1st Dairy Herd and Best 3 Females

2013 National Champion

GCH Wyojem Wendy Kiki

2012 National Champion

GCH Heaven’s Hollow Shiloh 6*M

2012 National Sr Champion Oberhasli

2012 National Best Udder Oberhasli

2012 National Res Best Udder Nigerian

2012 National Premier Breeder Oberhasli

2012 National Premier Exhibitor Oberhasli

2012 National Premier Sire Nigerian

2012 National 1st place Dairy Herd Oberhasli

2012 National 1st place Best 3 females Oberhasli

2012 Wy State Fair overall Premier Exhibitor

Shows & Pictures

2013 National Sr Champion Nigerian

2013 National Res Best Udder Nigerian

2013 National 1st place Best 3 jr females Nigerian

2013 Sire of National res Jr Champion Oberhasli

2013 1st place jr get of sire Owner Oberhasli

2014 National Jr Champion Oberhasli

2014 National Jr Res Champion Oberhasli

2014 National Sr get of sire Owner Oberhasli

2014 National Premier Sire Oberhasli

2014 National Premier Sire Nigerian

2014 National Best 3 Jr does