Foxwood Farm Dairy Goats and Poultry
Foxwood Farm Dairy Goats and Poultry
Paul and Melinda Fox
1960 Old Jonesboro Road
Chuckey, TN 37641
423- 426- 6094
Shows were very limited this year, but we were able to get to show 3 weekends, earning "milking legs" on two-year-old Nubians Prime and Selah, yearling Nubian Satin, and four-year-old Saanen Game. Our only Saanen doeling earned her restricted leg at two months old and three junior Nubians were RGCH. Also, three-year-old Nubian doe, Supreme, was shown one weekend and was RGCH, BUOB, and BUIS (against 206 senior does). Our goal is to finish 50 homebred champions before we get too old to tend to goats! We didn't add to that number this year with the limited showing, so we are still at 46 homebred champions (44 Nubians and 2 Alpines).
We picked up a couple of young bucks descending from Wingwood Farm to merge with the genetics we added two years ago with the purchase of GCH Lil-Mill-Crk Tyee Lore and CH Lil-Mill-Crk Tyee Lomasi. We also kept an AI paternal half-brother to Lore and Lomasi out of GCH Foxwood Jock's Pride and brought in a buck (*B Deep-Creek Valmont Template) out of a granddaughter of SGCH Foxwood McCaylan's Majik Man.
Poultry: We successfully hatched a variety of Cochins, Orpingtons, and Marans, as well as Brown African, White African, and Sebastopol geese. We also hatched a few lavender guineas!
Nubian senior does were shown in 15 rings during 4 weeks of showing in the spring of 2019. Four does (Lore, Lomasi, Phoebe, and Margarita) finished their championships. Yearling milker, Sunday, was 14 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, and 4 x RGCH. Two year old, Summer, was 1 x RGCH. Overall, the does were 12 x GCH, 12 x BOB, 5 x BDIS, and 9 x RGCH.
We had another successful year of showing as we finished five homebred Nubian does, making the total number of Foxwood-bred Nubian champions to 44! We also finished a Saanen doe we purchased from Fox-Trot (4 year old Willy LA 92 EEEE). With senior does, the Nubians were 9 x GCH , 9 x BOB, and 11 x RGCH; while the juniors were 9 x GCH and 2 x RGCH. We earned legs on 14 Nubian does. We only showed one Saanen, and she was 3 x GCH, 3 x BOB, and 2 x BDIS. We took a few does to Nationals where they were 3 x 5th, 1 x 6th, 1 x 9th, 1 x 11th, 1 x 15th, and 1 x 18th.
Poultry: We continued to raise several breeds of chickens and geese. We hatched and raised black, blue, splash, silver-laced, gold-laced, and blue gold laced Cochins; Ameraucanas,;Olive Eggers, Marans; black English Orpingtons; and silver-laced English Orpingtons. We continue to breed brown and white dewlap African geese and Sebastopol geese.
We sold 25 bred Nubian does in the spring (15 with GCH legs) and did not plan to do much showing in 2017. However, plans changed when we bought two aged Saanen does from Fox-Trot in May. We made it to several shows throughout the year. The two Saanen does were 9 x GCH, 9 x BOB, 6x RGCH, and 8 x BDIS! Both does finished their championships (they also appraised 92 EEEE and 91 EEEE in 2017). We didn't show Nubians at the early shows but brought them out eventually. The Nubian senior does were 5 x GCH, 4 x RGCH, and 6 x BOB, while the juniors were 8 x GCH, 4 x RGCH, and 5 x BJDIS. Also, we had two aged does appraised this year and both were 92 EEEE (GCH Matisse and GCH Sparkle). It was a good year!
Poultry: We hatched and raised some Olive Egger and Ameraucana chickens and added another breed of chickens this year- black copper Marans. The Marans are very docile and lay dark eggs. We love the colorful blue, green, olive, and dark brown eggs produced by the Olive Eggers, Ameraucanas, and Marans. We hatched a few silver-laced, black, blue, and splash Cochins this year.
The 2016 show season was long and tiring, but successful. We made it to 17 shows, showing senior does at all of them and junior does at 15 of the shows. The does were GCH 16 times, RGCH, 15 times, BOB 11 times, and BDIS 5 times. Four year old Sparkle and yearling Sunrise finished their championships. In all, 5 senior does and 7 junior does earned championship legs.
The herd is back on milk test for the first time since 1993! None of the does are milking at a Top Ten level, but most have milked at a level to earn stars and to gain AR records.
The does were linear appraised in May of this year. Five aged does were appraised and earned scores of 92, 91, 91, 91, and 90. The younger does also scored respectably. The highlight was 8 year old CH Marlena receiving a 92.
Currently, 37 Foxwood-bred animals have become permanent champions, with hopes that more will come! The current herd consists of 19 mature does, several dry yearlings and doe kids, and a lot of bucks. The herd includes 8 champion does and 18 does with 1 or 2 championship legs.
Poultry: We added black, blue, and splash Cochins to our flock of silver-laced Cochins. Also, we successfully hatched white and brown African geese.
2015 was another good year at Foxwood Farm. We showed more heavily and had good results. Three does finished their championships: Sasha, Matisse, and Penny. In all, the does competed in 13 shows, under 12 judges, and earned 14 legs. The senior does were Grand Champion and Best of Breed 7 times and RGCH 5 times. The junior does were 10 x junior GCH and 3 x junior BDIS. Eight junior does earned restricted legs.
We are excited about the new bucks we have brought in to continue our linebreeding or to give us new genetics. Our Begley's-Troubled-Acre buck is sired by *B Simple Life Farm Bulwinkle, who was linebred on Conquest and old Cadillac. Our J&M Hideaway buck descends from some of our old stock, is sired by a linebred Kastdemur buck, and brings in Saada genetics. Our outcross buck is Udderly-Southern Rockin Cherry. His sire is a Jacobs Pride buck.
Poultry: We purchased white African goslings from Lance Ewing in the spring and adult brown African geese from Ryan Gartman to add to our gaggle of geese. Our other brown Africans descend from geese purchased over the years from Harry Halbach, Duane Urch, and Mark Nelisse. (FYI- I purchased my first African geese in 1970.)
2014 ADGA National Show: Junior Championship Lineup
Sunshine- 2nd place Junior Kid
Spicy- 2nd place Intermediate Kid
Update ADGA Nationals 2014:
Showed 12 animals in classes with as many as 50 entries and had the following placements-
Penelope- 5th place 3 year old
Sasha- 7th place 3 year old
Matisse- 11th place 2 year old
Penny- 13th place yearling milker
Bull- 17th place yearling milker
Marilda- 7th place junior yearling
Aurora- 4th place junior yearling
Spicy- 2nd place intermediate kid
Sunshine- 2nd place junior kid
Precious- 7th place junior kid
Shira- 15th place junior kid
Best 3 Juniors- 4th place
Jr. Get of Sire- 3rd place
The Foxwood herd of Nubians began in 1988. The animals that formed the foundation were purchased from Mrs. Frances Hudson of Knoxville. These included GCH Briarknoll Piejar’s McCayla and GCH Briarknoll McCall Raven. Raven was a daughter of McCayla’s littermate brother (McCall). Other does purchased over the years which have had major influences on the herd include CH Kismet Sexx Pott, Dale-Haven J’ Black Diamond, Dale-Haven ORG Serenity, and GCH Regehrs Foxie Felicia BBK.
Herdsires that were purchased and have impacted the herd include CH *B Faith-Farm AG Genesis, *B Faith-Farm GS Samaritan, Dale-Haven ORG Stratus, Willow-Run Chekhov, *B Kastdemur’s Aesop, and *Kastdemur’s Ain’t He Amazin’. AI sires of note include ++*B Cadillac Piejar, GCH ++*B High Caliber Marvin’s Big Max, and GCH ++*B Kismet Marvin’s Smooth Operator.
A few of the most noteworthy does bred over the past 25 years include descendents of foundation doe, GCH Briarknoll Piejar’s McCayla: CH Mademoiselle, CH Peanut M&M, CH 3M Copy, GCH Faye Lee Meadow, CH Madison, and McKenzie. CH Mademoiselle, who placed 2nd as a 4 year old at Nationals was out of GCH Briarknoll Piejar’s McCayla and sired by CH Faith-Farm AG Genesis. McCayla’s daughter sired AI by GCH High Caliber Marvin’s Big Max, CH Peanut M&M, was 6th place yearling milker at Nationals; and Peanut’s daughter, Walnut, was 2nd place yearling milker at Nationals. Walnut’s sire, CH Foxwood Royalty, was out of CH Kismet Sexx Pott and sired by CH Foxwood McCaylan. McCaylan was a son and grandson of McCayla. He was sired by an AI son of McCayla (Smooth Talker, sired by GCH Kismet Marvin’s Smooth Operation). Another McCaylan granddaughter CH Madison was 3rd place/2nd udder as a yearling milker at Nationals.
McCayla was bred to her son/grandson, McCaylan, to produce daughter, CH 3M Copy. Copy was our highest appraising doe (LA 92) and the dam of our spotlight sale consignment buck. GCH Meadow and CH Marlena, both of which have several descendents in the herd, are out of 3M Copy daughters.
More recently, another 3M Copy daughter, Carbon Copy, who was sired by CH Foxwood Sam’s Felician earned 2 GCH legs as a 2 year old. She was never show again as we did a major herd reduction and stopped showing for several years. Carbon Copy was AIed to ++*B Cadillac Piejar to produce another herd favorite, CH Marlena. Marlena’s show wins in 2012 included 4 x RGCH, 4 x GCH, 3 x BOB, and 1 x BIS. Marlena was bred to Foxwood Amazin’ Darkness (s: *B Kastdemur’s Ain’t He Amazin’; d: Lazy-L Chek Diamond; ds: Willow Run Chekhov; dd: Dale-Haven J’ Black Diamond) to produce Mystery. As a yearling, Mystery freshened with an udder that would rival that of any other doe we have ever bred or finished.
Most of our animals are of similar lineage. They descend from (a) McCayla sons and daughters (Smooth Talker, CH Cameo, CH 3M Copy, or CH McCaylan); (b) Dale-Haven animals (Black Diamond, Serenity or Stratus); (c) Willow Run Thesis Chekhov; and (d) Kastdemur’s Aesop or Kastdemur’s Ain’t He Amazin’. Many of the 2012-2014 does are granddaughters of Kastdemur’s Ain’t He Amazin’ and are daughters or granddaughters of CH Meadow or Marlena (both granddaughters of 3M Copy)