My initial interest in self sufficiency began with raising poultry and rabbits in my back yard in Miami, Florida. Showing horses, cattle and goats were added to the mix when my daughter became involved with 4-H and we moved to the country. I had always been a farm girl living in the city, so when my family moved to Levy County in 1979 my efforts at raising chickens and rabbits in my backyard expanded to the complete farm life here in Williston.
Since I purchased my first LaMancha in 1989 I have been consumed with the LaMancha breed. LaManchas have really changed since those early days in the eighties. My daughter and I started in dairy goats with her 4-H project back then and although my daughter has been out of the house for ten years, I have continued raising dairy goats. I tried other breeds but the LaManchas have been my enduring passion. So began my journey into the dairy goat world.
Over the years my daughter moved on to other interests and my hobby evolved into an lasting enthusiasm for showing, breeding and educating myself and other goat enthusiasts about goats and dairy goats in particular. My daughter's first real show goat was a small sable brown LaMancha doe named Noble Oaks Beatrice. Beatrice went on to earn her milking star along with winning most of the youth shows in our area. Beatrice became the foundation of my show string, with her winning daughters and grand daughters proving her genetics over the generations. Beatrice descended from Little Orchard genetics and really put the udder on my does. In the early nineties there were few LaManchas in the State and in order to purchase a buck with different genetics I went to the Sundew herd in Connecticut. Luke (*B Sundew C Cool Hand Luke) arrived on a horse van, as my husband and I also raised Thoroughbreds over the years and had the transportation connections needed to get a grown buck to Florida from up North. Luke improved stature, top lines and over all general appearance in his offspring, and improved milk production as well. He moved all my does up the line and the biggest thrill was to have one of his daughters go BOB over 10 Challengers at one of our Fair shows. He also passed on his sweet temperament and manner to his progeny. In the last few years I have been using AI to get newer and more popular styles into my herd and have acquired some nice genetics from learning how to AI.
We are located in North Central Florida, in Williston. I attend most of the shows in Florida as well as some shows in Georgia. I have even made the trip to South Carolina. I have been on DHIA on and off for several years. I am testing this year as well as in 2006 when my doe Noble Oaks Dark Tempest earned second highest producing LaMancha in the State. I participate in the Linear Appraisal program every other year as my herd is relatively small. I have buck and doe kids available on occasion. I also have breeding stock and show quality adults. I test for CAE annually and raise kids on raw milk from CAE neg. does. Noble Oaks is a certified TB/ and Brucellosis free accredited herd with the state of Florida and the herd is enrolled in the State scrapie prevention program.