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Welcome to the Rafter O
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Home of Champions
We are a small operation in Canyon Lake, Texas that prides ourselves on raising wonderful, healthy Mini Nubian dairy goats to join your family homestead and provide you with plenty of rich, sweet milk.
Herd health is our top priority. Rafter O goats are tested annually for CAE, CL, Johne’s, Q-fever, and Brucellosis. The entire Rafter O Mini Nubian herd is also G6S normal.
Our Mini Nubians are a variety of generations – 1st through 7th. We have brought in lower generations and full Nubians to work on more diversity and bloodlines in the Mini Nubians. They are registered with the Miniature Dairy Goat Association and the American Dairy Goat Association.
Our goal is to provide kids with great milk lines, good conformation, excellent Nubian traits, and friendly! Rafter O Mini Nubian kids are so people-oriented..sometimes I wonder if they know they are goats!
why our mini nubians are so good
Raised without Compromise
Our Rafter O Mini Nubian herd is raised without compromise. We provide only the best for our goats whether it be nutritional, medical, husbandry-related, or social. Our does are hand bred so we know the exact conception date, and we can be present at all kiddings. Right from birth, our Rafter O kids are cared for with the highest level of attention. We strive to stay up to date on current research and change our protocols to implement the gold standard of care for our dairy goats. We abide by the ADGA 5 Freedoms of Dairy Goat Well-being:
- FREEDOM FROM HUNGER OF THIRST by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
- FREEDOM FROM DISCOMFORT by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
- FREEDOM FROM PAIN, INJURY, OR DISEASE by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND DISTRESS by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
- FREEDOM TO EXPRESS NORMAL BEHAVIOR by providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal’s own kind.
how it was
Our Farm History
In April, my dream to own land and live in the country became a reality when we purchased our homestead which would become the Rafter O at Cordova Creek. Situated on 10 acres in Canyon Lake, Texas, the farm backs up to Cordova Creek….which is dry most of the time!
I always knew I wanted to raise dairy goats but it was just a matter of deciding which breed. The long ears of the Nubians captivated me, but I did not like their big size. While researching, I came across the Mini Nubian which is just what we wanted! Perfection!
Our doe barn was completed, and in April, we came home with our first three Mini Nubians…Kandi, Molly, and Pixie. In May, Zoe, our first Livestock Guardian Dog joined us from Colorado. In the Fall, the buck barn was completed, and Elvin and Parker became our first Mini Nubian herd sires. In October, Zeke, a 12-week old Maremma puppy from Coonridge Dairy in New Mexico, joined the farm.
Kandi started our first kidding season with a bang…quadruplets! Pixie followed with twin doelings, and Molly had triplets. We retained June Bug…the only doeling from Kandi’s quads.
We decided to name our Mini Nubian kids after things that are native to the Rafter O. This year’s kid crop had the following names: Red Bud, June Bug, Chipping Sparrow, Persimmon, Mountain Laurel, Bear Grass, Oriole, Honeycomb, and Rain Lily.
In the spring, we had two sets of triplets out of Kandi and Pixie. The Mini Nubian kids this year were: Agarita, Cottontail, Mud Dauber, Tarantula, Coyote, and Black-footed Daisy.
Tilly, Luna, and Indy joined the herd in late Spring, and Clair came to us from Washington in late summer. Parker bred June Bug and went to his new home in October.
June Bug kicked off the 2018 kidding season with a beautiful single buckling, and Pixie followed with a set of quadruplets. Luna and Tilly freshened in April with twins. The Mini Nubian kids this year were Ashe Juniper, Evening Primrose, White Skipper, Prickly Pear, Cedar Elm, Callisto, Ariel, Millipede, and Chuck-Wills Widow.
In November, we took part in our first MDGA Show with the Hill Country Mini Milkers in Decatur, Texas. June Bug brought home three ribbons: Best in Show, Grand Champion Senior Mini Nubian, and Best Udder in Show!
The Rafter O had an excellent crop of Mini Nubian kids this year! June Bug had her single doeling followed by Tilly with her triplets. Pixie, again, blessed us with quadruplets, and Clair had an easy first freshening with twins. Luna closed out with two bucklings. The 12 kid names this year were Doodlebug, Skunk, Chickadee, Raccoon, Sweet Pea, Dewberry, Fox Squirrel, Rufous Hummingbird, Lesser Goldfinch, Four Leaf Clover, Copperhead, and Red Admiral.
We are retaining three Mini Nubian doelings – Doodlebug, Foxy, and Clover. These three doelings have excellent milk lines and great conformation. Ruby, a full-size Nubian, joined the herd as well as a buck, Levi. Juliet returned to her home herd in California in November, and we welcomed Sapphire, a blue roan 2nd generation Mini Nubian. We are excited about the future of our Rafter O Mini Nubian herd!
In early June, our herd competed in the HCMM Texas Two-Step MDGA Show, and we brought home a trailer full of champions! June Bug again received Best Udder in Show! Doodlebug won Grand Champion Junior Mini Nubian in one ring, and Reserve Grand Champion in ring 2. Foxy won Grand Champion Junior Mini Nubian in ring two.
In early February, we welcomed a beautiful doeling from Blackberry’s herd in California, Snow Drop. Later in February, June Bug blessed us with triplet doelings! Clair had buck/doe twins again. Both June Bug and Clair’s udders are looking fabulous. In mid-March, Doodlebug had an easy first kidding with her single doeling. Ruby had quadruplets – 2 buckling and 2 doelings a couple of days later. Sapphire kidded in April with triplets – a tiny spotted, polled doeling and two bucklings.
The kid names this year are Lady Bug, Love Bug, Lightning Bug, Grasshopper, Cricket, Pill Bug, Meadowlark, Little Blue Heron, Eastern Phoebe, Carolina Wren, White-tailed Deer “Bambi”, Badger, and Porcupine “Spike”.
We will be retaining doelings Cricket and Wren. Lark is so fabulous, we decided to retain him as well continue to infuse Ruby’s Nubian genetics into our herd. We have also added a fabulous horned buckling, Tundra, from Blackberry to breed to our polled does.
2021 has been an exciting year for the Rafter O! We had 8 does kid between late February and early May.
Pixie kicked off kidding season with triplets, 2 bucklings, and 1 doeling. Our wishes were granted with a polled, blue-eyed buckling! June Bug had us all fooled that she was having multiples, but just had a huge polled buckling.
The next four does, Clair, Sapphire, Cricket, and Clover, all kidded with buck/doe twins! We finished off the kidding season with three bucklings: twins for Foxy and a single buckling for Doodlebug.
Kid names this year are Ravine Haze, Canyon Mist, Valley Vapor, and Stick Bug “Walker”, Crested Caracara “C.C.”, Orbweaver “Ziggy”, Sandhill Crane, Greater Roadrunner, Trinity Aquifer, Edwards Plateau, Wild Verbena, Indian Paintbrush “Quanah”, Texas Live Oak “Oakley”, Texas Red Oak “Buckley”, and Red-tailed Hawk.
In March, we added a female Kangal Dog puppy, Beyza, to our farm protection crew. We will be breeding Kangal Dogs and hope to have puppies in late 2022 or early 2023.
The HCMM Texas Two-Step MDGA Show was May 15-16 in Boerne, TX…and we brought home some more ribbons for our herd! Snow Drop and Wren both won Grand Champion Mini Nubian Junior Doe! Sapphire won Reserve Grand Champion Mini Nubian Senior Doe!
Our 2022 kidding season started in late February with Creme having buck/doe twins. In early March, Pony and Wren kidded buck/doe twins, and Doodlebug had triplets – two bucks and one doe. Sapphire and Clover kept up the buck/doe twins streak a month later.
In early April, we added a male Kangal, Kane, to the farm. He and Beyza, our female Kangal, will be bred for puppies in late 2022 or early 2023. We held our annual Open Farm event on Saturday, April 16th.
In late April, we started working with our goats getting ready for the Hill Country Mini Milker Texas Two-Step! It took place on May 14th, and our herd did very well. Clover came home with Grand Champion Mini Nubian Senior Doe, and several of our goats placed very well in their age classes.
Memphis left the Rafter O in late May to spread his awesome genetics elsewhere. We have kept many of his kids over the years!
Snow took a while to settle this year, and she blessed us with kids in mid-June – buck/doe twins, of course!
Our Rafter O 2022 Kids were Eastern Screech Owl, LIndheimer Senna, Bald Cypress, Flameleaf Sumac, Javelina, Mayfly, Praying Mantis, Inca Dove, Lark Sparrow, Blue Topaz, Lesser Nighthawk, Indian Blanket, Texas Lantana, Lightning Sprite, and Thundersnow. We retained four doelings and one buckling!
We are looking forward to competing in the Fall MDGA Virtual Show. Breeding begins in late September!