Welcome to Platte Valley Goats

     Welcome to Platte Valley Goats, home of Marty, Abby, Bill, Katie, Garrett and Paxton Bunde ("Bun-dee"). Our farm is located in the Platte River Valley in Central Nebraska. The Platte River historically has the distinction of being "a foot deep and a mile wide," and is now associated with the Sandhill Crane bi-annual migration. Thousands of  crane watchers pass through our area every year and we get a front row seat to watch both birds and watchers from our goats pens!
 
     Our goat herd started like most with a 4-H project, a wild Alpine doe picked up at a sale barn and bred to the only purebred buck nearby, which happened to be a LaMancha. We started our search for a better quality goat with a subscription to United Caprine News.  The ad that caught my eye was an outstanding rear view of four LaManchas: The South-Fork LaMancha herd located only a day's drive away in Lyons,
Colorado. I picked out a buck on-line and we drove out to pick him up. When we arrived Marilou Webb gave us the tour and she had a doe that took my breath away: SGCH Cash-Farm Truffles. Truffles is still the most smoothly blended doe I have ever seen. Truffles had a Linear Appraisal score of 89 VEEE as a milking yearling which sounded pretty good as well.

     A call back home to Marty, and Truffles was my Mother's Day present that year. Marilou had another small doe she let us take home to keep Truffles company, South-Fork Zena. So we drove out for one buck and came back with a very nice starter herd.
 

     Beautiful udders with outstanding milking ability remain our #1 goal, but we also very much appreciate a beautiful smoothly blended goat to look at as well. Our herd today is most heavily influenced by the South

-Fork and Lucky*Star herds. 2007 Reserve National Champion SGCH South-Fork Charming Cate can be found back in many of our pedigrees

     Our entire herd is tested CAE-negative and we try to test annually. Kids are pulled at birth and we prefer the kid have no contact with the dam at birth. Kids are raised on heat-treated colostrum and pasteurized milk until 12 weeks of age. Prairie hay and a pelleted complete ration are introduced in the first few weeks.
 

     2019 will be our 3rd year on DHIR milk test and it has been an eye-opening experience to say the least. No longer will we make excuses for a pretty doe or a doe with a great pedigree. We expect every doe on the milk line to produce a minimum of 8 pounds (one gallon) per day, preferably more, and are actively working to reach that goal. As we progress with DHIR our goal is to raise that minimum along with butterfat and protein percentages, every year. We are particularly pleased with how the Kismet doe line is doing on DHIR. She and her daughter Karma are setting the standard for the rest of the herd. Kismet led our herd in milk production. She also gave us two more beautiful daughters in 2018 and brought home her first championship. We can't ask any doe for more than that.

 

     We had a wedding in the family in 2018 and gained a wonderful daughter-in-law, Paxton! Welcome to the crazy goat family Paxton! Our show season normally starts in July but with an August wedding as our top priority we only attended 3 shows in 2018.

     Even with very limited showing we were able to bring home 3 Junior championship legs and 2 Senior doe championships. Naturally we would love to have our barns filled with permanent champions, and hopefully someday that may happen. Until then you will see that many of our does have won at least one championship leg so please have a look through our website and let us know if you see something you like!

     We were also excited to add 3 new herd sires in 2018. It is unfortunate that we did not find time to take pictures because we feel these bucks will pack quite a punch in our 2019 kid group. Kryptonite has probably the nicest General Appearance of any buck I have ever

seen. (Fleetwood) Mac is the son of the 2017 and 2018 Reserve National Champion Sable doe who is an absolutely stunning doe, and Calico-Acres Sins Mystery. Mystery's dam, Opportunity Orange Charade, is a beautiful doe with a knock-your-socks-off udder. We did collect most of our bucks in the fall of 2018. Semen is available on a very limited basis.

     I (Abby) pledge to do a better job getting picture of every single doe and buck in 2019. Feel free to contact us via email or Facebook if you need to see a picture for any doe not pictured.  We will be doing Linear Appraisal in 2019.

 

Please have a look through our website and let us know if you see something you like!

 

The Bunde Family
Marty, Abby, Bill, Katie, Garrett and Paxton Bunde
7515 West Platte River Dr.
Doniphan, NE  68832
402-744-2551
bundea@hotmail.com

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