Jekuthiel (jeh-kooth-ee'-el) means -- God will support "And do not seek what you shall eat, and what you shall drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek for His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you." ---- Luke 12:29-31
Welcome to Jekuthiel's Nubian Dairy Goats!
We are located near Shelton, Washington which is about 30 minutes NW of Olympia, WA.
I got my first goats in 1991 (actually it may have been a little earlier as I know I had a couple wild Toggs for a short while). They were French Alpines. We had a buck and a couple does. I liked them alot and enjoyed the milk, but after the buck broke down a few of the fences I decided to get out of goats for a while, so we sold out in 1994.
A couple years later I bought an Oberhasli doe kid and loaned an Ober doe to keep her company. Not long after I lost her to overeating disease, so the loaned doe went back to her home. I then found a couple Saanen doe kids and with in a few months I located a couple Saanen does to add to my new herd.
Over the years I added some Nubian/Boer crosses and then I got my first Reg. Nubians in 2000 & 2001. In 2002 I acquired a couple more reg. does and doelings and sold all my crosses, so I now have a Registered Nubian Dairy Goat Herd!!
I love the tall, elegant, dairy Nubians with long necks; beautiful, long bell shaped ears; nice round roman noses; the mulit colored color patterns that you can get (it's like Christmas at kidding time as you never know what color pattern you're going to get next!); long lactations; high butterfat; and great tasting milk!
I have been on ADGA's Owner Sampler Star Program (DHIR), and have done yearly Linear Appraisals since 2004.
As of August 27, 2007 I am now a Licensed Grade A Goat Dairy! Check out my Dairy page for more info.
In 2012, I started adding LaManchas to the herd! I got them for the great milk production.
My girls milk well and usually average around 10-12# or more a day depending on the age of the doe and lines (8-8.6# in a gallon)!
I feed Alfalfa hay and they also have access to pasture 24/7.
The milkers also get as small portion of a Grain Mix that I mix myself (Barley, Oats, & BOSS [Black Oil Sunflower Seeds]) twice a day on the milk bench. In general the bucks & kids don't get grain.
I put out Kelp & Sweetlix Caprine Magnum-Milk Mineral out free choice.
I only worm when a fecal shows I need to and I worm a doe after she kids.
My herd is CAE, CL & Johnes negative and is tested yearly through WSU. I also test for the G-6-S gene, so goats I know the status of are noted. Now that we are a Grade A Dairy the girls are also tested yearly for for TB, Brucellosis & Q-Fever, per the Grade A requirements in WA State, and have all tested negative.
I have chosen not to vaccinate.
Thank you for your interest in my herd, come back and visit us again!
Walk in Him,
Jekuthiel's Nubians & LaManchas
Jessica Howard ;-)