The best part of the goat community is the wonderful friendships and camaraderies you build in having a shared affection for these amazing creatures.
One of the our most fulfilling senses of accomplishment has come from when animals from our herd or bloodlines do well in other herds. Over the past several years a strong Scotchbriar presence has been maintained in the showring even as we ourselves have been attending less events.
We want our animals to do as well for you as they would for us, and we are committed to selling healthy, correct animals that will thrive for you. We also take seriously being a mentor to new goat owners. We know that even the highest quality bloodlines are not going to succeed if management needs are not met. We will be there to answer any health or nutrition questions that you may have to ensure success within your herd. Our herd started in 1993, and you never stop learning more about these unique animals. The knowledge that we have gained through experience and our own wonderful mentors is our gift to you.
We have regularly participated in the Linear Appraisal program. Due to the small size of our herd, we aim to appraise every other year. We missed 2019 due to not realizing the change in the signup deadline, and we all know what happened in 2020....We hope to get back to a regular appraisal schedule as soon as the program is able to resume.
We signed up for LA again in 2021 but did not make onto the appraisal schedule. We requested a deferment for 2022 due the majority of the herd being affected by Cache Valley Virus ( this mosquito borne virus was widely prevalent in throughout the 2022 kidding season in the Northeast, causing widespread abortion storms in many herds.
Although we were supposed to be a 2023 LA host herd-ADGA was unable to accommodate us as planned into their schedule, we are hoping for better luck in 2024!
We really enjoy getting those lovely milking stars and Superior Genetics designations on our animals. However, we have found the commitment challenging with our full time jobs and lives...In 2017 we completed our 1st test year, unfortunately, a milk machine issue ended up causing multiple cases of mastitis and significantly affected multiple does normal production levels. 2018 we cut short several lactations that were still having residual issues and took 2019 off from testing. We started 2020 off with good intentions, however found it a challenge towards the end of the year to stay motivated and to deal with the restrictions caused by the pandemic. We really respect the dedicated breeders who have the energy to maintain those lactations to the end. Due to the limited amount of time and resources our family has available as the children get older and have more diversified interests we have found that we have needed to cut our lactations short at this time.
Although we took a couple years off of DHI, we are signed back up for 2023! We may need to cut lactations short at the end of summer but still value the important information that we gain through this program.
We have been active in the New York State show circuit for many years, attending most of the club shows & throughout the state, such as the annual ENYGS, CNYDGS & NYSDGBA and more. Even as we have scaled back our show schedule over the past couple of years, we enjoy see many of our bloodlines and stock continue to perform well through other herds.
Here just a few of our highlights!
2011 our 1st National show in Springfield MA, SGCH Scotchbriar Wild Joy 1*M was the 3rd place milking 2 year old & 8th place Sr Kid, Scotchbriar Wild Silver Willow.
2012 New York State Fair Premier Breeder and Exhibitor, NYSF BOB, and Reserve Junior Champion.
2014 New York State Fair Premier Breeder and Exhibitor, NYSF BOB and Reserve Grand, and Junior Champion.
2015 New York State Fair Premier Breeder and Exhibitor. NYSF BOB and Reserve Grand, and Junior Champion. GCH Scotchbriar Wild Joy 1*M also won the All breed milk production award with 25.6 points!
We had an incredible show at the 2016 ADGA National Show:
6th place Jr. Kid Scotchbriar Wild Blue Solace, 1st place Intermediate Kid- Scotchbriar EC Prima Donna,
5th place Sr. Yearling, Scotchbriar Wild Chloe. 7th place Sr. Yearling, SGCH Scotchbriar Wild Poppy. 2cd place Best 3 Jr. does. 4th place Jr. Get of Sire with +*B Redwood Hills MC Empire Chaos. Joy son, Scotchbriar Wild Regard sired the 4th place milking yearling, GCH Goats Ahoy Togo ( owned & exhibited by Goats Ahoy). 11th place 3yo milker, GCH Scotchbriar Wild Thea. 9th place 5&6 yo, SGCH Scotchbriar Wild Merriment.
1st place aged doe and Reserve National Champion with Reserve Best Udder SGCH SCOTCHBRIAR WILD JOY 1*M EX91 ( in a line up that included a previous Reserve National Champion and the defending 3x National Champion).
6th place aged doe, SCGH Scotchbriar Nimue's Evening. 9th place aged doe, GCH Scotchbriar Lil Miss Pipsqueak. 2cd place, Best 3 Sr. Does, 3rd place Sr. Get of Sire with +*B SGCH Kori-Brook Wild Romeo. 2cd place Dam& Daughter with Joy&Merri.
2018 ADGA National Show:
While unfortunately none of the girls were feeling their A-game, dealing with heat stress from temperatures in the high 90's to nearly 100, we still managed a few decent placings.
13th place Sr. Kid, Scotchbriar Wild Brizo (owned & exhibited by Goats Ahoy). 18th place Sr. kid, Scotchbriar Edge of Eden. 9th place Sr. Yearling, Scotchbriar A Legacy of Joy( owned & exhibited by Never Fail). 9th place Aged doe, SGCH Scotchbriar Wild Merriment. 3rd place aged doe, SGCH SCOTCHBRIAR WILD JOY.
2022 ADGA National show:
We only showed one milker, Scotchbriar I Have a Dream, 15th place 4yo doe
Not yet in our herd,The Annastacia Prayline was 13th place 5&6 yo doe.