This time we will be taking a look at a new Fainting Goat Farm.
The Tiny Stampede Ranch also known as” TSR” has only been in existence since May of 2012 but their experience in caprines or goats spans for over 6 years. Tim and his wife Elena began raising goats when they bought their small farm about 5 miles north of ElginTexas. They inherited a few Barbado Sheep when they bought their farm but soon sold them off. At that point they decided to raise Nigerian Dwarf goats. They had a herd of around 25 goats at any one time. They raised them for 4-5 years and really enjoyed them. The problem they soon realized was that EVERYONE in the area was also raising them. They decided that they wanted something different. Something special. Tim began to lean towards the mini Nubians and tried to convince Elena, but because he was only the “assistant manager”, he was wrong. Continuing their search Tim ran upon the Miniature Fainting goats and found the American Fainting Goat Organization also called “AFGO”. Tim was impressed with the basic idea and goal to keep the breed standards as close to the original breed as possible. The more he read the more he was hooked and Elena soon followed. They had found their special breed of goats when they found the Fainting Goats.
Well a new breed means a new beginning; this was how TSR was born. They started with a new baseline herd that they are very proud of. Their herd today consists of 4 breeder bucks. These bucks have been doing very well in the AFGO show ring. They also have 2 mature does and 1 yearling doe. The yearling is a daughter of Bakken’s Mighty Max who recently became the first AFGO permanent champion. They also have a wether and of course a few Nigerians that they just had to keep from their old herd!
TSR goals currently are to raise long haired miniature fainters for show and pets. Their farm shies away from selling for meat. It is just their way.
The farm got its name because as they would watch the kids run and play they appeared to just stampede across the pasture. Hence the name Tiny Stampede Ranch. Their herd initials go by TSR.
Babies will soon be born at the Tiny Stampede Ranch. They except those bundles of joy to arrive some time in March 2014. That is the time of year that they prefer to have them since the weather is a little cooler than the summer. Most of the really cold weather is over by then too. They are starting slow with only one doe breed since they seem to be buck poor. Having so many bucks is not a bad thing because they wanted a good foundation stock. The farm will be adding a few more does soon. In the meantime they have enough bucks with different bloodlines that they will be able to breed several seasons without line breeding. The plan is to keep most of the does at first but who knows when that special buckling might also hit the ground. In the near future they hope to establish a good name for their herd. They would also like to have a local show in their area and maybe even a branch of AFGO there.
So far it has been a great adventure and they look forward to the coming years. They send us a message that says all is well, God bless our troops, and hope your not bored to death reading this!
Their Grandson makes a good Shepard. He is here with Aaron one of their herd sires.
Nothing better than animal crackers to make your day!
This is another herd sire called Spirit. He is a nice boy.
This is their Grandson again with Quincy.