Home of des Ruhigestelle Saanens**
Lauren Acton and
Last updated January 7, 2018
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Download 2008 National Show - the trip!
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Download Lest We Forget , the goats who made us what we are.
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** After 50 years, it’s time for a new look. In April 2013, ADGA informed me that
I could no longer use the ‘des Ruhigestelle’ herdname. As a historic herdname, it cannot be transferred from Fern, even to me. After exploring legal options, we found that it would not be allowed to continue as a living legacy to Fern. So, the decision was made to simply move forward. The Saanens will continue as Tempo Passa, taken from Fern’s family motto, meaning ‘time passes.’ All else will remain the same, as the Saanens previously had been under my management for the last 25 years. So, the same breeding program and quality goals will continue, just under the Tempo name.
HELLO AND WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE- It’s pretty plain, and we don’t have links or buttons. Quite frankly, I’d rather spend my time upgrading our genetics and facilities than upgrading our technology. We have been breeding dairy goats for over 50 years, and our goals are fairly simple- breed the soundest, highest production dairy goats, with the most reliable consistency we can produce, all the while keeping them healthy, happy, and well cared for. So, while the goats are ‘modern’ dairy type, this isn’t a 'modern' website so much as just lists of our breeding herds (and some other fun stuff too!). All of the information is official, and verified with ADGA. Instead of buttons and links and pictures of babies, here you'll find lots of real records and as much information as will fit on a page. To view our herd lists, click on the ‘download herd list’ at top. Be sure to also download the Breeding and price list, with our terms and conditions.
I am MUCH easier to contact by email than any other method.
myname (at) herdname (dot) com
(change myname to lauren and herdname to ruhigestelle. Automatic e-mail address sniffers are getting more sophisticated these days!)
I try to answer emails within a day or two unless I am on the road. Please remember this site is about our goats and not a place to ask veterinary questions. If you must call, please remember that I am NOT a morning person, so please DO NOT call before 10 am. I am frequently not around a phone during ‘normal’ calling hours, and do most of my correspondence at night. Thus, it may take me several days to answer a phone call. Sorry, our home phone does not have caller ID or texting capabilities, and I do not carry a cell phone at home.
Whew! As 2017 winds down, we can hopefully catch our breath after a crazy, hectic, and amazing year! We started with 5 club shows in five weeks, followed by appraisal less than a week later, followed two days later by our trip to Madison! The club shows were good and we finished several does and came home with BIS &/or BUIS wins on six different does, but what I remember most are lots of new friends and some great times. I changed my tactics a bit. With less help and more need for the does at home to put milk in the tank, I only showed a few at most of the shows, instead of my usual 10-20. That left a lot more time for just fun. And I frequently delivered does which we had sold, and had the time to actually get to know many of our out of town buyers this year. What a great group of people. Knowing the does went to such nice homes was a relief, and a sense of pride that they could be the foundation for new herds.
Of course, the climax of our year was the ADGA National Show in Madison, WI. John and I drove out, with a new (to us) truck and uneventful trip. A real highlight was staying at an equine bed and breakfast in Tower City, ND. How much fun to be treated to a clean hot shower, feather bed, and delicious breakfast on china plates, while in the middle of a long haul! We took 14 milking does, 9 of which were Saanens. Of those 9, 5 were 1st and 2 were 2nd, which meant 7 stood in the championship class! At eight years old, Elenya handled the trip like the pro she is, and simply walked away with the championship. Never a doubt in her mind! Beautiful WinWalker was reserve and best udder and teamed with her first place yearling daughter for 1st dam and daughter. The group classes were pretty emotional for me, as each brought some special memories. We did win all the classes, though had some pretty close competition in each. Our dairy herd combined both des Ruhigestelle and Tempo Passa does, and showed my goal of strength, soundness and productivity. I am unable to use any des Ruhigestelle does in my breeder’s trio, so our group was quite young, with the oldest doe only three years old. Winning this class brought me to tears. Though I have won this class many times with des Ruhigestelle does, this was the first time for my Tempo Saanens, and really proved my commitment to moving forward. The 1st Sr Get was sired by an Elenya son, and the next three were either des Ruhigestelle bucks, or sired by sons of des Ruhigestelle bucks. Wow, what a legacy for my mom. Produce of dam combined Elenya and Elixer, daughters of Elende, a long time personal favorite who I lost this year. After such an incredible day, it wasn’t a huge surprise to win Premier Exhibitor, but when it was announced that Fern had won Premier Breeder, I was again brought to tears. What a feat, with only 4 des Ruhigestelle does, 2 of which were born posthumously. Surely the last time, and a true honor to be recoginzed in such a way.
It was a little tough to go from the highs of the Saanen show day right into the Alpine show the next day. With our best does, Living and Freehand at home dry, I knew it would be anticlimactic, but I wanted to show that our herd doesn’t depend on one or two individuals. I can’t really believe how the four I took pulled themselves together and looked so good that day. From Sailin’ winning reserve, to our placing second in the three groups we entered (dairy herd, breeder’s trio and dam & daughter), it was a great day as well, though perhaps not as emotional as the Saanen day. And we can’t forget my one lone LaMancha. Josie was brought along for transport to her new home, and still managed to stand in the front line of a huge 3 yr old class.
At home, our Grade A dairy has been doing well also. We have more than doubled our milk production in the last two years, thanks to a great product made by Portland Creamery. We expanded the barn, and have kept more young stock in anticipation. However, the barn isn’t just for more goats, it is primarily for more space for the goats we have. With that in mind, we did sell many mature does this year to make way for the exciting young does coming up. And in doing so, we met many new friends and great people. We have reached a comfortable working capacity, and will be periodically offering milkers for sale again. Please inquire, or check them out on the Price, Terms and Conditions list.
We have slightly changed our focus on production as we continue in the dairy industry. We are now looking for solid, consistent production rather than extreme lactations. For us, a doe that can repeatedly milk 3,400-3,800 lbs, has a flat lactation curve, and is willing to milk extended lactations is more valuable than a single 5,000 lb record or a 20 lb high day followed by 6 lbs at 270 days. Also, since we are a cheese dairy, components are very important to us. So, we now look for does that can produce 20,000 lbs in 6-7 years of production, and maintain good components and a low SCC while doing that. The great thing about breeding dairy goats is there is always something new to look for!
Most important, we simply enjoy our goats. I strongly believe in “coffee management”-
that is simply taking the time to just watch the goats do goat things. If everyone took the length of time it takes
to drink a cup of coffee (or tea, or wine, or whatever…) doing nothing but
watching their goats every day, my work as a veterinarian would diminish
greatly!! While we love our goats and
their achievements, we do have other interests, and especially enjoy the
wonderful outdoor recreation of the
We enjoy visitors, but ask that you call ahead to make sure we home. Please do not wear clothing or shoes that have been in other barns, including your own, and our guardian dogs request that you do not bring other pets. The coffee is always on, in fact I think I’ll take a cup out to the barn right now…
Lauren & John