hank you for your interest in my herd of American Alpines. I have been selectively breeding Olentangy dairy goats for the past 23 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 33 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 (19 times including the past 14 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. 2014 was another busy year, while only showing at four venues, we did face quality West Coast competition in each Oregon, California & Washington show. Our 14th consecutive Linear Appraisal session was in August with a current herd average of 89.8 with a range of 85 - 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 2,842 pounds.
The herd’s 2014 titles included: 11 x GCH, 4 x RGCH, 5 x BOB and 3 BIS awards, with 5 different animals winning official ADGA qualifying legs and, THREE newly finished champions in TELLURITE, ADELITE, and ANDRETTI. TELLURITE is a 5th consecutive generation Superior Genetics (SG) award winner and ADELE represents 10 consecutive generations that we have bred! In addition, we were honored to be awarded Premier Alpine Breeder & Exhibitor at the historic & incomparably beautiful San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, California! We attended the fewest number of shows in 2014 over the past 10 years (only 4 locations) due to my ADGA Linear Appraisal training and professional obligations. Our plans for 2015 include; annual CAE testing, continued DNA Typing (our goal is 100% herd Parentage Verification by 2018), DHIR standard testing, Linear Appraisal Scoring, attending the Redmond, Oregon ADGA National Show as well as other regional shows including another NEW State Fair exhibition to the East, we can't wait!
We follow a strict CAEV prevention program with testing through WSU/VMP every year, the herd tested 100% negative most recently on 2/27/2014. In 2015 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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