Herd Health & Raw Milk

People often ask us if we drink our milk raw, and the answer is yes!  I do not believe large scale dairy operations (and even “organic” dairy operations) can possibly compete with milk from your own animals, produced in your own back yard!  The following has been written to expound on how we care for our animals… we’re still learning and still have a long way to go, but we’re committed to caring for them in the best way possible, and I hope others might be able to glean a little bit of info from the things we’ve learned (and the mistakes we’ve made along the way!)

How are the Goats Cared For?

Our goats are fed a combination of naturally growing pasture, free-choice high-quality alfalfa and clover hay, organic sprouted barley and free-choice kelp and natural minerals.  Our lactating goats also receive 100% organic, non GMO grain during milking, natural yeast cultures and black oil sunflower seeds.  Anyone who purchases a goat from us will receive a starter ration of any hay or barley and minerals we are currently feeding, to help make the transition and anyone who purchases a lactating goat will also receive a weeks supply of the supplements we give our lactating animals.  All of our animals are rotated to fresh pasture daily and we highly recommend this method over pasture grazing, or even rotational grazing for its many advantages over conventional grazing.  Our animals live happily in a mixed herd consisting of goats and sheep (followed by the “clean up crew” – the chickens) – a type of “multi species grazing” which studies have shown to result in healthier animals with increased resistance to worms and disease. This enables us to raise healthy animals that are given NO vaccinations or routine antibiotics,* and we are working toward developing animals who do not need medicinal wormers (we use a combination of herbs and diatomeceous earth whenever possible and medicinal wormers only when necessary.)

(*Our number one priority is the health of our animals, and in some cases antibiotics may be necessary to ensure the health or comfort of one of our animals.  We don’t claim to be an organic farm, although we do strive to manage our herd organically whenever possible.)

How are the Kids Cared For?

Care of kids is a controversial subject, and many people have chosen not to drink milk because of the calving/kidding practices on most dairy farms. Like all mammals, cows and goats must give birth in order to produce milk. In CAFO operations, these calves and kids, considered the “byproduct” of the dairy industry, are taken from their mother within the first few hours of birth and (in the case of calves) raised alone in small cages for veal. Even in most organic and small-farm dairy operations, calves and kids are separated from their mothers within a few days after birth, often to ensure that the mother produces the highest amount of milk. Here at our farm, we find it easier and less stressful to keep babies with their mothers unless medically inappropriate, and milking does not start until the kids are at least 2-3 weeks old. After this, the kids are separated only at night and milking is done on a once a day basis until the babies are old enough to be weaned and are getting the majority of their needs through hay and grass. We try to stagger our kidding time so that we always have plenty of fresh milk, but sometimes we have a little less in the winter, which is a sacrifice we’ll gladly make to ensure the health of our kids!

How Does the Milk Taste?

One of the reasons we chose Nigerian Dwarf Goats for our own personal milk production is that the milk from Nigerians tastes better than the milk from any other breed.  The reason for this has to do with the milk’s butterfat content.  Butterfat is what gives milk a sweet taste and Nigerian goat milk is higher in butterfat than milk from any other goat breed (2-5% as opposed to 6-10%.)  Everyone who has ever tried our milk has remarked that it tastes exactly like cows milk (and some say it tastes better!)  Goats milk is purported to have many advantages over cows milk, and can be consumed even by those who are lactose intolerant.

Another large factor in the taste of milk is the type of grass or hay the animals are eating. Unlike animals living in confinement feeding operations, where feedlot managers can keep the taste of the milk uniform by feeding the same thing day in and day out (including waste products from the manufacture of human and animal food), our goats are given access to many different types of grasses and legumes. This means that the taste of the milk produced on our farm will often vary from week to week, as the goats are moved to new pasture, and from season to season. Sometimes it will be sweeter, saltier, creamier, or (if they hit a patch of onion grass!) a bit off-tasting. We expect and anticipate this as an integral part of consuming fresh, healthy milk.

Is your farm organic?

We are not a certified organic farm, but healthy animals are of the utmost importance to us and we do everything we can to keep our animals and their products free from all chemicals, medications and GMO’s.   Our animals eat grass from chemical-free pastures, we feed organic, non GMO barley and grain from Windy Acres Farm in Tennessee and we supplement with minerals from natural sources such as herbs and sea kelp. As previously mentioned, we treat our animals with herbal remedies whenever possible and have a long-term plan to breed for parasite resistance. We chose to get into farm­ing after feeling personally convicted against the practices of the industrial food system (including the “organic” food system!), and it is our desire to go “beyond organic” in the treatment and care for our animals.

Can I Visit the Farm?

YES! We encourage everyone to visit the goats (and sheep and chickens!), especially if you are considering purchasing one of our animals. Milking classes are also available. For reasons of safety, we ask that anyone who wants to come and visit make an appointment with us first, and we’ll be happy to schedule a day to show you around!

What are the Benefits?

Below are a few links that explore the benefits of fresh, raw goats milk!

Ask Dr. Sears – Goats Milk

Goat Milk vs. Cow Milk: A Quick ComparisonNutritional breakdown of Goat Milk and it’s comparison to Cow Milk and Human Milk

www.raw-milk-facts.com

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We are located near Bowling Green, KY and would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding raw milk, caring for goats (or sheep or chickens!) and milking.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 27o-779-o445 or email Rina [at] RinaMarie [dot] com and we’ll do what we can to help!

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2017 Kidding Schedule

We are now taking reservations on our 2017 kids!  Thanks to Jim and Kathy Sullivan of Jasper Pine, we have some of the best dairy genetics in the Nation.  We try to choose kids according to the needs of their owners, placing show quality kids to homes with the desire to show, and kids whose dams have proven themselves as milkers to those homes who desire high production.  Please note that it is impossible to predict how an animal will do in the show ring or in milk production, however, and we cannot guarantee performance in any area.

We guarantee the health of our goats when they leave our farm, but cannot guarantee the health of an animal once it has left our farm.  If a kid should become sick or die prior to shipment or pickup, we will transfer your deposit to another goat.  We reserve the right to keep any doeling or buckling of our choice, and cancel a reservation at any time.  If this should happen, a full refund will be returned to the prospective buyer.

All of our goats are registered through either AGS or ADGA and can be registered through both.

Reservations for pet-quality goat: $25

Reservations for show & milk quality goats: $100

PLEASE NOTE: several goats of both sexes will be reserved for The Milk Enough Project this year.  Goats are sold on a first come, first serve basis.

May – June, 2017

Jasper Pine EP Legacy x NC Promiseland Sharp Sudoku
– Does $500, Bucks $400
– 1 Buck reserved for Milk Enough Project.  (Please contact us if interested!)

June – July, 2017

Jasper Pine EP Legacy x Faithful w/Little LE Gummibear (first fresher)
– Does $200, Wethers $75-$100

Jasper Pine EP Legacy x Faithful w/Little GE Monopoly (first fresher)
– Does $200, Wethers – $75-$100
– 1 Doe reserved for Milk Enough Project.  (Please contact us if interested!)

Jasper Pine EP Legacy x Faithful w/Little IO Cherry-O (first fresher)
– Does $200, Wethers $75-$100
– 1 Doe reserved for Milk Enough Project.  (Please contact us if interested!)

 

 

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NC PromisedLand Sharp Sudoku

Photos courtesy of God’s Blessing Farm and NC PromisedLand

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As a second fresher, Sudoku was regularly giving 3lbs per day, and last year she consistently gave an average of 5lbs of milk per day at peak production and maintained high production throughout the season.  She has excellent udder formation, large, easy to milk teats and we have high hopes that she will follow in her dam’s footsteps (ADGA top ten milker in 2011) as she matures!

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Dam: 2*M SG NC PromisedLand Beau Puzzle 3*D AR 2322 VEEV88 2011

# 9 on 2011 ADGA Top Ten for milk production and butterfat, #10 for protein

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Sire: Caesar’s Villa STS Sharpie +B *S

1 X BIS
1 X GCH
1 X Reserve GCH
2 X Senior CH

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Sire’s Dam: Stonewall’s Serena *D ‘VG’ *D ‘VG’

1 x GCH
2 x BUIS
4 x RGCH

PEDIGREE:

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Sire: CH Caesar’s Villa STS Sharpie *S 1 X BIS 1 X GCH 1 X Reserve GCH 2 X Senior CH

…..Sire’s Sire: ARMCH Caesar’s Villa CBS Stetson ++*S 3X1st place, 3x Grand Champion Sr. Buck
……….SSSStonewall’s Midnight Cowboy ++*S
……….SSD: Goodwood Mindy *D AR
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……Sire’s Dam: Stonewall’s Serena *D ‘VG’ 1 x GCH, 2 x BUIS, 4 x RGCH
……….SDS Stonewall’s Jumpin Jack Flash
……….SDD Willow’s Avalanche

..Dam:  SG NC Promisedland Beau Puzzle 2*M # 9 on 2011 ADGA Top Ten most productive Nigerian milkers in the country

…..Dam’s Sire: ARMCH PromisedLand S Mel Gibson +S VG89  ADGA: 1 X  GCH, 5 X Reserve GCH, 1 X Senior Champion, 5 X Reserve Senior Champion; AGS: 1 X BOB 4 X GCH 1 X Reserve GCH 2 X Senior Champion 1 X Reserve Junior Champion
……….DSS: MCH Maple Tree Knoll Snickers E
……….DSD: Caesars Villa CBS Minuet 2*D E AR
…..Dam’s Dam: PromisedLand HS Zinnia 4*D AR
……….DDS: MCH PromisedLand CP Holy Smoke
……….DDD: MCH Caesar’s Villa GD Zipper*S

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Jasper Pine SHH Scotch

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freshening photos & description courtesy of Jasper Pine:

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What a beauty this girl is!  Sharp, refined and elegant, she is smoothly blended with great length of body, level sloping top line and diary skin.  She has tight shoulders with a correct shoulder assembly and a long, graceful neck. Scotch freshened with tons of dairy character and a wonderful udder. She is incredibly graceful when she moves and as level as a table top.

She has a strong MSL, a tightly attached udder with a nicely shaped escutcheon, plumb teats and a smooth extended for udder. She is a beautiful doe with an outstanding udder, an easy milker with large orifices and a good stream of milk.

MILK PRODUCTION: 3.5 – 4lbs, daily

SHOW RECORD: 1st class of 8,second numerous times standing behind her sisters, junior doe.

*description courtesy of Jasper Pine

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Dam:  Algedi Farms Secrets Joy (Deceased) LA 86% V V V V

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Sire: CH Algedi Farm Smokin’ Hot Honey LA 86% VVV

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Sire’s Dam: SGCH Rosasharn’s UMT Tupelo Honey 4*D EEEE91, (Deceased)
3x Best Doe in Show
13x Best of Breed
8x Best Udder
4x Sr. Grand Champion
3x Sr. Reserve Grand
6x First Place Udder

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PEDIGREE:
Sire: CH Algedi Farm Smokin’ Hot Honey LA 86% VVV
…..SS:*B CH Algedi Farm Drops of Jupiter *S LA 2011 EEE 91 E 23″ (Permanent score), ADGA: 2x Best Buck in Show, 5x Sr. Grand Champion, 5x Best of Breed, 3x Reserve Grand, 8x 1 place, 3x 2 place.
……….SSS:  Rosasharn’s UMT Hamachi +*B *S LA VVV ’85′
……….SSD:  GCH Rosasharn’s TL Zenith 3*D EEEV90
…..SD:  SGCH Rosasharn’s UMT Tupelo Honey 4*D EEEE91, 3x BDIS, 13x BOB, 8x BU, 4x Sr. GR. CH, 3x SR. Reserve grand, 6x Best Udder
……….SDS:  ARMCH Rosasharn’s Under My Thumb +*S ‘E’
……….SDD: ARMCH Rosasharn’s Buckwheat Honey 3*D ‘E’, 3*M EEEE 91 ADGA 2010 Reserve Nat’l Champ/AGS 2007 Nat’l Champ
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Dam:  Algedi Farms Secrets Joy (Deceased) LA 86% V V V V
…..DS: Kaapio Acres KK Sultan *S
……….DSS:  MCH Rosasharn’s Tom Keiki Kane, 4x Grand Champion buck, 2x Reserve Ch. Buck
……….DSD:  Gay-Mors RA Nesselrode *D AR  1 x Reserve Grand Champion 1 x 1st … Top Five of Michigan’s Official Milk Test Awards (3rd of 9)
…..DD: Algedi Farm H Blaze’s Secret
……….DDS:  Rosasharn’s UMT Hamachi +*B *S LA VVV ’85’
……….DDD:  Piddlin Acres Blaze a Trail *D AR

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Jasper Pine HG Genesis Extended Pedigree

Sire:  Rosasharn’s MW Handsome Guy 

…..Sire’s Sire: Rosasharn’s SH Mighty Wizard (deceased)
……….SSS:  Rosasharn BB Son of Honey *B, VEV 87
……………SSSS:  Rosasharn WT B-Bo +S
……………SSSD: ARMCH Rosasharn’s Buckwheat Honey 5*D ‘E’, 3*M EEEE 91 ADGA 2010 RS. Nat’l CH, AGS 2007 Nat’l CH
AGS TOP 10 Production: 2003 #5mlk, #7BF, #5prot. 2004 #2mlk, #2BF, #2prot. 2005 #3mlk, #2BF, #2prot. 2006 #2mlk, #2BF, #2prot.
*Holds the record for longest lactation,* 634 days, producing 2,194 during that time
……….SSD:  Rosasharn TL Bewitched 
6 *D, 6*M +EVV 87
AGS TOP 10 Production: 2008 #7BF, #10 Prot.
……………SSDS: ARMCH  Rosasharn’s Tiger L +*S ‘E’ ++B +AE 82, 4 X RS. GR. CH. 3 X GR.CH. 1 X BOB
……………SSDD: Rosasharn’s Witch Hazel 5*D VG 2005 National Best Udder Winner
…..Sire’s Dam:  Rosasharn MRC B-Coming 5*M VEVV 89  *1st Place 3Yr Old & Best Udder in class @ 2011 ADGA Nat’ls
……….SDS:  Rosasharn SP Mercury *S
……………SDSS: ARMCH Rosasharn SW Sapporo *S E
……………SDSD: ARMCH Rosasharn’s Eclipse 2*D E  3X- GR CH, 8X Best Udder, 10X – Best Doe in show ANDDA’s 1999 All-American 4yr. old doe
AGS Top Ten Production: 1999: #5 milk, #4 prot; 2001 #1 milk, bf and prot
……….SDD:  ARMCH Rosasharn’s UMT Honey Bee 4*D E, 4*M  1 X Rs. Champion jr. 1 X Gr. Champion JR. 2 X ADGA Gr. Champion SR. 2 X ADGA BOB 2 X ADGA BDI
……………SDDS:  ARMCH Rosasharn’s Under My Thumb
……………SDDD:  ARMCH Rosasharn’s Buckwheat Honey 5*D ‘E’, 3*M EEEE 91 ADGA 2010 RS. Nat’l CH, AGS 2007 Nat’l CH
AGS TOP 10 Production: 2003 #5mlk, #7BF, #5prot. 2004 #2mlk, #2BF, #2prot. 2005 #3mlk, #2BF, #2prot. 2006 #2mlk, #2BF, #2prot.
*Holds the record for longest lactation*, 634 days, producing 2,194 during that time.

Dam:  Jasper Pine SHH Top it Off

…..Dam’s Sire:  CH Algedi Farm Smokin’ Hot Honey LA 86% VVV
……….DSS: *B CH Algedi Farm Drops of Jupiter LA 2011 EEE 91 E 23″ (Permanent score), ADGA: 2x Best Buck in Show, 5x Sr. Grand Champion, 5x Best of Breed, 3x Reserve Grand, 8x 1 place, 3x 2 place.
……………DSSS: Rosasharn’s UMT Hamachi +*B *S
……………DSSD:  GCH Rosasharn’s TL Zenith 3*M EEEV90, 15x BOB, 7x best udder, 3x Sr. GR. CH., 1x SR. RS. GR., 8x 1 place udder
……….DSD:  SGCH Rosasharn’s UMT Tupelo Honey 4*D EEEE91, 3x BDIS, 3x Best doe in show, 13x BOB, 8x Best Udder of breed, 4x SR. GR. CH, 3x SR. RS. GR, 6x First Place Udder
……………DSDS:  ARMCH Rosasharn’s Under My Thumb
……………DSDD:  ARMCH Rosasharn’s Buckwheat Honey 5*D ‘E’, 3*M EEEE 91 ADGA 2010 RS. Nat’l CH, AGS 2007 Nat’l CH
AGS TOP 10 Production: 2003 #5mlk, #7BF, #5prot. 2004 #2mlk, #2BF, #2prot. 2005 #3mlk, #2BF, #2prot. 2006 #2mlk, #2BF, #2prot.
*Holds the record for longest lactation*, 634 days, producing 2,194 during that time
…..Dam’s Dam:  Jasper Pine TN Pixie
……….DDS:  Jasper Pine Tanner LA 90 VEE
………………DDSS: MCH Rosasharn’s Tom Keiki Kane, 4x GR. CH.,  2x RS. CH
………………DDSD: Kaapio Acres Golden Daisy (Deceased)
……….DDD:  Pholia Farm KM Minuet
……………DDDS: Kaapio Acres RB Moonstruck *S
……………DDDD:  Pholia Farm RA Kahlua 3*M  1x Sr. Grand Champion, 2x Best Udder

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Jasper Pine EP Legacy Extended Pedigree


Sire:  Rosasharn SH Epic 2011 ADGA spotlight buckling

…..Sire’s Sire: Rosasharn’s BB Son of Honey *B, VEV 87
……….SSSRosasharn WT B-Bo *S VEE 89
……………SSSS:  Rosasharn Tom’s Water Tabby *S
……………SSSD:  ARMCH Rosasharn’s UMT Honey Bee 4*D E 4*M 1 X RS. CH. JR., 1 X GR. CH.  JR. 2 X ADGA GR. CH SR. 2 X ADGA BOB 2 X ADGA BDIS
……….SSD: ARMCH Rosasharn’s Buckwheat Honey 5*D ‘E’, 3*M EEEE 91 ADGA 2010 RS. Nat’l CH, AGS 2007 Nat’l CH
AGS TOP 10 Production: 2003 #5mlk, #7BF, #5prot. 2004 #2mlk, #2BF, #2prot. 2005 #3mlk, #2BF, #2prot. 2006 #2mlk, #2BF, #2prot.
*Holds the record for longest lactation,* 634 days, producing 2,194 during that time
……………SSDS:  MCH OTR Magics M Heracles +S AR
……………SSDD:  ARMCH Rosasharn’s Eclipse 2*D ‘E’, 2*M EEEV 91  MCH (3 X GR. CH.) 8 x Best udder 10 x Best doe in show ANDDA All American 4 year old ’99, AGS 2005 Nat’l CH
AGS TOP 10 production: 1999 #5 milk, #4 protein 2001 #1milk,#1BF #1pro. 2001#3mlk, #4BF, #3pro. #1 for milk, butterfat and protein 2001.
…..Sire’s Dam: CH Rosasharn P Haiku 5*D, 4*M, 91 VEEE First ADGA Nigerian Nat’l CH 2010, Best Udder, 2011 National Total Performer, 2011 RS. Nat’l Best Udder,
ADGA Top Ten for butterfat & protein
……….SDS:  Doe-Sy-Doe Patte’N
……………SDSS: ARMCH Rosasharn’s Tiger L +*S ‘E’ ++B +AE 82, 4 X RS. GR. CH. 3 X GR.CH. 1 X BOB
……………SDSD: MCH Stonewall’s L’il Honeysuckle E 90.1
……….SDD:  ARMCH Rosasharn’s TL Unagi 4*D ‘E’ AR1784 3*M 11x Best Doe In Show 9x Best Udder
AGS TOP 10 Production: 2004: #3Milk, #5 Butterfat, #5Protein;  2005: #6 Milk, #7 Butterfat, #10 Protein; 2007: #3 Milk, #1 Butterfat, #3 Protein;
……………SDDS:  ARMCH  Rosasharn’s Tiger L +*S ‘E’ ++B +AE 82, 4 X RS. GR. CH. 3 X GR.CH. 1 X BOB
……………SDDD:  ARMCH Rosasharn’s Uni 3*D ‘E’, 2*M EEEV 90  1X RS. GR. JR. 3 x GR. CH. SR. ANDDA All American Jr Yearling ’99; Many times Best Udder Many times Champion Challenge
AGS TOP 10 Production: 2002 #1mlk, #1BF, #2prot.; 2003 #1mlk,#1BF, #3prot.; 2004 #1mlk, #1BF,#1prot.; 2005 #2mlk, #1BF, #3prot.; 2006 #4mlk, #1BF, #6prot.; 2007 #2mlk, #3BF, #5Prot.; 2008 #3mlk, #1BF, #5Prot
*Set the record* in 2003 for highest milk production on a single 305 day lactation – holding that record for 3 years. Produced 1,601 lbs during that time.
*Holds the lifetime production record,* with over 8,500 lbs of milk, so far.
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Dam:  Jasper Pine SHH Cali

…..Dam’s Sire: CH Algedi Farm Smokin’ Hot Honey LA 86% VVV
……….DSS: *B CH Algedi Farm Drops of Jupiter LA 2011 EEE 91 E 23″ (Permanent score), ADGA: 2x Best Buck in Show, 5x SR. GR. CH, 5x BOB, 3x RS. GR, 8x 1 place, 3x 2 place.
……………DSSS: GCH Rosasharn’s TL Zenith 3*M E90, 15x BOB, 7x best udder, 3x Sr. GR. CH., 1x SR. RS. GR., 8x 1 place udder
……………DSSD: Rosasharn’s UMT Hamachi *S
……….DSD: SGCH Rosasharn’s UMT Tupelo Honey 4*D EEEE91, 3x BDIS, 3x Best doe in show, 13x BOB, 8x Best Udder of breed, 4x SR. GR. CH, 3x SR. RS. GR, 6x First Place Udder
……………DSDS: ARMCH Rosasharn’s Under My Thumb
……………DSDD:  ARMCH Rosasharn’s Buckwheat Honey 5*D ‘E’, 3*M EEEE 91 ADGA 2010 RS. Nat’l CH, AGS 2007 Nat’l CH
AGS TOP 10 Production: 2003 #5mlk, #7BF, #5prot. 2004 #2mlk, #2BF, #2prot. 2005 #3mlk, #2BF, #2prot. 2006 #2mlk, #2BF, #2prot.
*Holds the record for longest lactation*, 634 days, producing 2,194 during that time
…..Dam’s Dam:  Jasper Pine Hot Cocoa *S LA 88
……….DDS: MCH Rosasharn’s Tom Keiki Kane, 4x GR. CH.,  2x RS. CH
……………DDSS: ARMCH Goodwood Tom Thumb+*S’E’ 2 X AGS Nat’l CH. – 1997 and 2000
……………DDSD: Rosasharn’s Iki
……….DDD: Kaapio Acres Golden Daisy
……………DDDS: MCH Kaapio Acres BB Red Butt’ler *S E90 1 x Nat’l GR. CH., 3 X GR. CH., 1 x RS. CH., 6 X 1st
……………DDDD: Stonewall’s Lady Bug

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