Our granddaughter has been begging for an "eared"
kid since the 2018 Iowa State Fair. As I was relating this to Jason
Puterbaugh of Acorn Ridge, he mentioned he had a lovely Experimental kid
that really stood out to him as outstanding. Jason asked if we were
interested. Sammy's birthday was fast approaching and so Bluebell came
to live at our farm.
Bluebell is a cross of some extremely outstanding
animals in both breeds. 50% Togg and 50% Alpine her pedigree goes back
to the 2008 National Champion Toggenburg on her dam's side through the
Nesahminy herds. On her sire's side there are some extremely outstanding
Missdee Alpines including her paternal granddam, SG Missdee's CA Lilac
5*M 92 EEEE.
To say this kid has personality is putting it
mildly. Of course, she's been spoiled since she arrived but she
definitely is the star of her kid pen. She is also one of our most
correct doelings....she excels in general appearance and dairy strength.
She's long, tall and level over her topline, stands on outstanding feet
and legs and is sharp and clean through her withers. We really like this
lovely little doe.
Well, as they say, plans can
change and instead of leaving Bluebell dry we made the late decision to
breed her for May kids. And she was something when she freshened!!
WOW....extremely correct, excelling in dairy strength with a lovely,
well attached mammary and lots of milk. Bluebell was 3X 1st
milking yearling at the very competitive Iowa Spring Classic. One of the
judges later told me that she was the first milking yearling she ever
strongly considered for GCH....a high compliment from that judge. At the
ADGA National Show, Bluebell was 7th in a very competitive class, more
than exceeding our expectations!
Bluebell gave us a huge scare
in October 2021 when she suddenly got extremely sick with a form of
enterotoxemia. When she started going downhill fast, we made the
decision to take her to the University of MN Large Animal Clinic where
she spent the next 6 days. Her original diarrhea turned into renal
failure and there were many times we weren't sure this lovely girl would
make it but she turned out to be an amazing fighter and came home in
late October and came in the heat the next day!
Bluebell freshened in
mid-April with even more capacity to her lovely mammary. She's stayed
perfectly healthy throughout her 2nd lactation.