to Platte Valley Goats
Platte Valley Goats, home of Marty, Abby, Bill, Katie and
Garrett Bunde (pronounced Bun-dee).
Our farm is located in the Platte River Valley in Central
Nebraska. The Platte River historically has the distinction of
"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.
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.
2017 was our first year on DHIR milk testing. We are excited to
see the results and will post the data on
individual does pages when available.
2017 was also
our first time with does going to the ADGA National Show in
Wisconsin. We did not personally
attend Nationals due to work schedules, but sent two Recorded
Grade does (Purebred LaManchas with an
unknown/whose-your-daddy LaMancha buck in their pedigree) with
our friends Susan, Kelly and Delaney
Schmer of Whimsical Kids Nubians. Those 2 does placed 4th and
9th in the Senior Yearling class. We are very
proud of these 2 does (mostly grateful they made the cut!) and
many heartfelt thanks to the Schmer family for showing them so
in Linear Appraisal in 2017 as well (it was a busy year!) and
were very happy that all of our Senior Platte Valley does
appraised at 88 or higher. You will see that some does carry the
Meadowlark herd name. Meadowlark is my (Abby's) individual herd
name, and we have just a few does under Meadowlark.
Meadowlark does were not appraised this year, but are every bit
as competitive as the Platte Valley does in the show ring.
Please have a look through our website and let us know if you
see something you like!
The Bunde Family
Marty, Abby, Bill, Katie and Garrett
7515 West Platte River Dr.
Doniphan, NE 68832