hank you for your interest in my herd of American Alpines. I have been selectively breeding Olentangy dairy goats for the past 21 years, and prior to that under the prefix, M&M ACRES. My mother purchased my first ADGA registered goat in 1982 and every doe in the herd descends from that first 4-H kid. Our first herd name, M&M Acres translated as “Mom & Me” or “Margaret & Mark”...those were fun days. The herd name changed in 1992 when I obtained my ADGA judges license to the current prefix. OLENTANGY is an Algonquin Indian name meaning 'River of Red Face Paint'. The Olentangy river flows through central Ohio and The Ohio State University, from which I am a proud alumnus. My current herd consists of 23 American Alpines and 4 LaManchas. The herd relocated 2,400 miles from Northwest Ohio to Western Washington in April 2001 where our Western home has the beautiful backdrop of Mt. Rainier, the iconic image of the state.
Over the past 31 years of involvement in caprine culture, I have participated in the majority of ADGA programs available: DNA typing (every buck I own), Classification (back in 1987), Linear Appraisal (18 times including the past 13 consecutive years), production testing; Standard DHIA Testing and Advanced Registry. I have also been fortunate to exhibit at ten of the past fifteen ADGA National Shows in '94, '96, '97, ’98, '00, '03, ‘05, ’07, '09, '12 and 2013 in St. Paul, MN. 2013 was a busy year showing at nine destinations throughout Idaho, Oregon and Washington, including the District VII Alpine Specialty Show and the ADGA National Show. Our 13th consecutive Linear Appraisal session was in June with a current herd average of 89.8 with a range of 87 - 93 including all yearlings and bucks for 13 adult animals. In production, we've made DHI Provo's list of Top Herds in the country with a rolling herd average of 2,621 pounds.
The herd’s 2013 titles included: 25 x GCH, 23 x RGCH, 14 x BOB and 8 BIS awards, with 13 different animals winning official ADGA qualifying legs and a record, FIVE newly finished champions in RUBELLITE, TABASHEER, RUBY CHIP, TUNGSTEN, and SEARCHER. RUBELLITE is a 5th consecutive generation and CHIP is a 6th consecutive generation champion that we have bred! In addition, we were honored to be awarded Premier Alpine Breeder & Exhibitor at the Southwest Washington, Evergreen State Fair and the Central Washington State Fair. We attended a few more shows this year; however, we will have to be more selective next season due to anticipated summer work schedule conflicts. Our plans for 2014 include; annual CAE testing, continued DNA Typing (our goal is 100% herd Parentage Verification by 2018), DHIR standard testing, Linear Appraisal Scoring, and some shows including a NEW Regional Fair exhibition to the SouthWest, we can't wait!
We follow a strict CAEV prevention program with testing through WSU/VMP every year, the herd tested 100% negative on 1/31/2013. In 2014 many kids will be dam raised. While my herd has been CAE negative for over two decades, I understand that some customers prefer their new purchases be raised on heat-treated colostrum and pasteurized goat milk or milk replacer. This is an option for an additional $100. To reserve your Olentangy kid, a $100 deposit is required with remaining balance due within 14 days of notification of birth. We ask that you pick a first and second kid choice in the event that your 1st choice is not available so your needs can still be met. If we are unable to fill your order or the animal does not meet our standard of quality, this deposit may be transferred to another animal or semen, but deposits along with any monies paid on cancelled orders are not refunded. Prices quoted are for pre-ordered kids picked-up or shipped no older than 45 days of age, boarding fees will apply after that age. Health certificates, crates and airline shipping fees must be paid in full before shipping. We reserve the option to purchase 20 units of semen for the cost of collection on all bucks.
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Again, thank you for your interest and I hope you enjoy our site!
IT TAKES A VILLAGE...and you never know who you might meet along the way or where the journey will take you next.
We are so fortunate to always find friends willing to help and share our success. THEY MAKE IT WORTH THE DRIVE!!
Mark V. Baden
Tacoma, Washington USA
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