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
"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
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
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
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
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.
In 2019, Nebraska saw unprecedented rains. Our dairy barn
flooded and we had a massive clean up to do from the flood. We
thought surely 2020 will be better. It's difficult to describe
the disappointment in not having the National Show come to Grand
Island for the first time in 2020. The Nebraska Dairy Goat
Association was scheduled to host the show and our club has been
planning for the event and raising money for several years in
anticipation of the show. Many of us had planned special
breedings and breeding dates in 2019 with the 2020 National show
foremost in our minds.
Here at Platte Valley Goats we did our first Laparoscopic A.I.
on 4 does and must have had beginner's luck with 100% conception
rate. Trix was Lap A.I.'d to Blue Moon Ranch PT Heart Throb and
surprised everybody with a healthy set of quads, 3 does and 1
buck. Kat Ballou, Waikiki and Contessa each had bucks so we are
heavy with some really nice Jr. Herd sires for fall 2020. Every
one of them is a *B!! We also acquired an exciting new Jr. Herd
sire from Raintree-Calico Dairy Goats. Check out our new pages
for *B Calico Fields Q Quincy,
*B Platte Valley VTO Jukebox Hero
and *B Meadowlark River Tach. (We register under both Platte
Valley and Meadowlark herd names).
Just when you think 2020 was a complete wash, we did attend one
show in 2020, the Flatwater Classic in Weeping Water, Nebraska,
and Waikiki was able to finish her Championship against some
very tough competition.
2021 turned out to be a rewarding year. Karma got 2 championship
legs and topped our milk production peaking at 19.9 pounds, a
Platte Valley record. Kat Ballou won her first leg and junior
doe, Ocarina, took home some wins at big shows. The big reward
in 2021 was our first 3 daughters from Kryptonite freshening
with outstanding udders. Sadly, we lost Kryptonite this spring
as a result of fighting with another buck, outside of breeding
season. He did give us 4 more daughters before he died and all 4
will be first fresheners in 2022, giving us a total of 7 milking
Kryptonite daughters in the herd next year. Jukebox and River
Tach each gave us some extremely pretty doe kids this year who
did well in the show ring. We are excited to see what 2022
2022 gave us some happy surprises. Meadowlark Katamaran won her
first championship leg and became our first yearling milker to
win a championship. Kat Ballou, Katamaran's dam, got her 2nd
championship leg and our juniors did very well also. Fortuna
Major was Junior Grand Champion LaMancha in one ring at the
Nebraska State Fair with Glorianna winning in the other ring.
River Sprite was 2X Junior Reserve Grand Champion this year
(always the bridesmaid, it seems!).
Please take a look around our website and let us know if you see
something you like!