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Lauren Acton and
Last updated January 8, 2024
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well as herd policies.
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Download Herd History
Download Lest We Forget , the goats who made us what we are.
Yellow Pad Articles: “Stories from a Scribbler”
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.
AND WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE- It’s pretty plain, just simple pdf files.
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.
MUCH easier to contact by email, text or messenger than
any other method. I hate talking on the phone! Our email
(at) herdname (dot) com
(Change myname to lauren and herdname to ruhigestelle. Automatic e-mail address sniffers and hackers are
getting more sophisticated these days!)
try to answer emails or texts/messenger 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 10:00 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, I do
not carry a cell phone at home. I usually
check messages after morning chores and again late at night.
our life continues on its crazy road. There are times when I feel like a pinball just
bouncing back and forth while desperately trying to avoid the gutter. Fortunately, there has been as much good as
bad, and we haven’t hit the gutter yet.
ADGA National Show dominated our summer.
It’s much more work and intense when it’s close. I always leave the show wishing I could have
spent more time with certain people, yet knowing I did spend some amazing time
with many new and old friends. We had
had a major show followed by a full herd appraisal in the week leading up to Nationals,
and I was exhausted and experiencing some severe (and scary) rib pain at my mastectomy
site. By Saturday morning I wasn’t sure I
could even load the goats, much less spend a week at Nationals. So, I made some drastic cuts in the showstring, tried to take a deep breath (too painful) and started loading one goat at a time. Thankfully, the pain eased over the next
couple days, and many wonderful people stepped up to help me through
chores. Fast forward to Alpine show
day. It was the day I had dreamed of since
the triplets freshened as yearlings. First,
leading them in as a group looking their best, then having them pulled out
1-2-3 without even a backward glance was uplifting and exciting. All the does did well, with 5 does in the
championship ring! Winning with Weft was
incredibly emotional. For those that don’t
know her, Weft tolerates no one to handle her except me. Winning as a team with her brought flashbacks
of the horror of finding her massive uterine/cervical tear, forcing OSU to
bring in a skilled surgeon at midnight, and weeks of recovery with a doe that
wouldn’t let quit be in our vocabulary. My
lingering rib pain was a reminder of how fortunate I was to be there at all,
and memories of those friends who weren’t so lucky in their fight against
cancer. The championship was followed by
the most fun group classes ever, as we started with the four sisters, Weft,
Woof, Warp and Sprocket, in Dairy Herd, and simply removed one at a time until
we were down to two in the Produce class.
Their dam, Spindle, was a truly great brood doe and I think she was
smiling down on them that day as they won each class. I know I was smiling a lot! The Alpine show was capped with our winning
Premier Breeder/Exhibitor, and Weft was named Total Performer. Whether or she will ever breed again remains
to be seen, but she has taken her rightful place in the history books. Saanen day was just as fun and thankfully not
as emotional. Sharing success with
friends makes it all the better, and we cheered as the incredible Satyr Gandalf
Titania took center stage. We followed
right behind with four does in the championship class, including Reserve
Champion on Etoilee, second 4 year
old with Softly, first 3 year old with our favorite Emphasis, and a surprise
first 2 year old with Soprano. We left
home our dam and daughter entry, but won the other group classes, and followed
with Premier Breeder/Exhibitor.
Nationals was our biggest event, we also had a lot of success in other shows
and Linear Appraisal. Those young does we held back in 2020 are now mature 4-5 year olds and
in the fullness of their potential.
Linear Appraisal day was amazing, as ELEVEN does were scored FS93 EEEE!
Even more meaningful is they averaged over 3800 lbs
milk, with five over 4,000 lbs! That right there is our goal- functional,
beautiful production. That’s our true
goal, but I am ever a show jock, and love the ring. We attended only five shows besides
Nationals, and welcome five does into our GCH club- Alpines- Ganache, Slate,
Just Plain Good and Saanens- Entitled and Emphasis. Our highlight of the year was winning Best
Dairy Herd in Show at the highly competitive Washington State Fair with our
Alpines. While the show wins were
thrilling, even more meaningful were the incredible people who stepped up time
and again to get us through this year.
We could not have managed this awesome year without you.
always has to be a balance. For those that followed us, as of this
writing I am cancer free and John and Ruby are doing
great. The truck fiascos came to an end
with a replacement that is our first ever new diesel truck. Those extra bells and whistles make for some
fun driving! We mourn the losses of Elixer, Etienne, and Evienne as we treasure the special doe
kids they gave us this year. Even worse were the losses of ElenIce, Trippin’ Free, and Expression in the height of
their maturity. Everything happens in
the fullness of time, and this fall it was finally time to say goodbye to
We proudly presented the best Spotlight Sale kid we have ever offered,
Tempo Aquila Frozen in Time ET, and are immensely grateful that his buyer took
the time to learn what a wonderful individual he is beyond his pedigree. We took the time on the way home for a much needed escape from the cellular world and relaxed at Flaming
Gorge for a few days. As always, we are
moving forward, though maybe a bit more slowly in 2024.
It’s been yet another crazy, chaotic tumultuous year for
us! I finally had to remove all the
previous years info from here, there was just too
much! As these times progress, I find that
while the lows are pretty scary, they are balanced by exciting
events, and filled with love and support that I never dreamed could be
with the good stuff- It was a rewarding year in the milking parlor! When we sold 1/3 of the herd in 2020 due to
COVID, we kept a very high percentage of young does. I really believed in them,
and trusted them to mature into highly productive does. They didn’t let me down! Now as 3-4 year olds,
our herd production has increased by an average of over 15% per doe! These are the type of does
we having been breeding for. Our highest
individual test was only 18 lbs, but we have a herd
average of 3800 lbs, up from 3500 last year and
several does over 4,000 lbs. That’s due
to flat, even lactations that are reliable and easy to manage (though difficult
to dry off!). Our focus on components
has paid off too, with an average increase of 11 lbs
fat and 8 lbs protein per doe. All that meant we needed to sell several
milkers to keep our production down for a change!
made the decision in December ‘21 to not attend the ’22
Nationals and instead focus on ourselves, our farm, and local shows. We have now both ‘retired’ to the farm and
spent the time doing improvements and maintenance that had fallen behind the
last couple years. And took time for lots
of small hiking and camping trips with Ruby and Marty. When we decided to not go to Harriburg, we chose instead to freshen our yearlings in June
instead of October. That kept us from
attending a couple favorite shows, but we still made it
to several. In reality,
I drove about 2,000 miles more than if we had driven to Nationals! It was an incredible season to get back to
visiting with friends and doing what I love.
And very successful for the goats too.
We finished a record 14 does! In Alpines
Weft finished in the first ring out, and Bastilla and Warp finished with BIS wins
soon after. First freshener Damsel was a
surprise when she swept three rings at Boise, while on an extended lactation. That was followed by the District VII Alpine
Specialty. Because it was a Specialty,
we brought out our best for that ring! We
rarely show all three triplets, so it was fun to bring them all. They placed 1,2,3 (Weft, Woof, then
Warp). Weft claimed the day with GCH,
BOB, BUOB, BIS and BUIS. Trippin’ was
Reserve, with Skippin’ second to Weft in Challenge. We pulled all the champions from the second
ring except left Skippin’ in Challenge. She went on to be BIS and BUIS. With those four
does finished in May, we decided to show some of our high production does, and were excited to see Smooth and Expression handily
top their classes while milking 4,000+ lactations. Expression ended up as our highest production
doe at nearly 5,000 lbs! The Saanens were hot too, with Softly and
Stella (Estelline) also finishing with BIS wins. Winn, Ella, Elexis, and DreamCatcher
followed with more normal wins over the next couple months. Eloni had to work hardest, with 5 GCH wins,
but 3 were unofficial wins, where she was ‘runner up BIS’ in tough competition
in each ring. The last two rings finally
had enough and she got the points to add to her ‘21 win. Lastly, we had a lot of fun bringing out a LaMancha again!
Jutta came out as a first freshening 2 yr old
on extended lacation.
She liked the attention, and ended up with 4xGCH and 8xRSGCH, never
placing lower than 2nd in 13 rings, despite large classes with very
brought us to fall. We only attend two major
state fairs. They were back to back this year, with seven show days in nine days! Exhausting, but rewarding. Eliza and Weft capped the season by going BIS
(Eliza) and BUIS (Weft) at the highly competitive Washington State Fair. Two weeks later we were on the road to NY
with our Spotlight Sale kids. It was a
great trip out. We ‘gamped’
(goat camping) with our three charges, Fall Color from Rowe’s, and our two Paisley
and Elita, as well as Ruby and Marty. Lots
of great times, beautiful scenery, wonderful weather
and time to just enjoy ourselves. Convention was well run and enjoyable, even though we had to
leave early to be back for our IVF session.
We stopped on the way home to watch the Sale on
livestream. We missed seeing Elita as we
frantically searched for a place with internet.
We watched as Paisley made Sale history, while sitting in the truck at a
South Dakota Walmart drinking box wine out of red Solo cups! Not quite the same as being at the Sale sipping
champagne, but no less memorable! Thank you
to the buyers of both Elita and Paisley, and to everyone at convention
who helped get them prepped and to the stage.
stuff is always balanced by bad stuff. I
got my cancer diagnosis while on the road to convention. Even that had to be put on the back burner as
we travelled back and forth to NY, followed immediately by a large IVF session. But once we were home, it was time to face up
to it. In preparation for an extended
time off, we sold/placed 19 goats the following week to decrease chores. We had already done major herd cuts earlier,
so these were particularly special does.
Thank you to everyone who immediately stepped up to take them on and to
Melanie Fergason for hauling as timing was a huge factor. Knowing they were going to good places made a
difficult decision easier. Then life
became a chaotic round of constant doctor appointments
as they searched for any other cancer (none thankfully!) and made the final
prep for my mastectomy. That’s over now,
and I am on the slow road to recovery.
Thanks to an amazing support crew, both here at home and across the country!
I was surrounded by love and energy that
I never could have imagined. Going back
to those state fairs and travel time, I have been out of the barn for more than
three months, and am not fully back yet. THANK YOU to our dedicated and awesome staff
for making this possible. And of course,
thanks to my wonderful husband John for holding it all together. We are now both cancer survivors, and if we
could get one more gift from all our friends, it would be to get your
mammograms and PSA tests done on a routine basis!
OUR MISSION- I had an
interesting discussion with Stephen Considine about Saanen history nearly 30
years ago. He made a comment that has
stayed with me, as it really sums up my experience in breeding goats. He noted that we have been breeding the same
type of dairy goat for years, regardless of showring styles. The only difference is now
that is what the industry wants too.
And it's true that we have been breeding for the same sound and
productive type of doe, only now it is called a 'modern' type. We are trying to produce does that are long
boned and dairy, and are true total performers. You won’t find
mature show goats giving ‘a gallon a day’, or ‘2 gallon’ milkers with poor
udders in our pens. Nor will you find
obese goats, frail goats, or goats with severe structural faults. What you will find are sound, strong, highly
productive does that milk well wherever they are, and rarely get stressed. We are an artisan Grade A dairy, so our goats
make their own living by producing milk, and we take pride in producing genetic
foundations for other commercial dairies, as we feel they should be the backbone
of our industry. Our does
are not pampered, even the best are treated as commercial goats. Pasture is an important part of our management,
so our goats must be able to walk several hours a day. While we have our favorites, nobody gets special
treatment, or special feed. (Okay,
nobody under twelve years old!) Some of our more well known does have traveled over 3,000 miles nearly every year
of their lives, and continue to produce over 3,000 lbs of milk.
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 3,400-4,000
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 and milk quality are very
important to us. So, we now look for does that can effortlessly 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
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