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AR Helmstead Minis TM Fergie 1*M *DAR VEV+87
 



Picture taken 7/29/14, six months fresh, with a 12 hour fill.
 

DOB :  5/15/10
Sire :  Thunderhill A Merlot
Dam : 
Little Tot's Estate Kirby
 

     As you can see, this doe came from our dear, dear friends Kate and Ben Helms, who named her Fergie---however, around our farm, she is called Forgiveness....mainly because she needs it---almost on a daily basis. Especially the first year---on the Milk Stand...she took extreme delight in catching the milker (usually me) off guard, and would step into, kick, or knock over the milk. Then give you a look of complete innocence with those gorgeous blue. Afterward, she would jump off the stand and immediately want to snuggle with you. Some sort of acceptable apology to her way of thinking---and it worked, of course.
    
Forgiveness  has one of the most colorful and lovable personalities of any of our does. If there's a gate/door that can be opened, if the goats are loose, if they are anywhere they aren't supposed to be...just look for Forgiveness. She not only has the knack to open just about any unlocked barrier---she feels its her sole calling to rally the troops and take them on a fun little Field Trip. They don't go far...usually just around to the front of the barn---pruning/trimming as many of the fruit  or pine trees as they can---before being discovered.
    
Forgiveness truly is our most loving doe...she will immediately climb into anyone's lap that happens to sit down---whether or not they may think its a good idea....that's totally irrelevant to her. She also will convincingly push away any other goat that might be between her and someone else's attention or adoration. This includes her own babies. She wants all the attention---as well as any treats that we might have at the time....and usually we do. Forgiveness makes it easy to love goats. She really could be the poster girl for Nigerians and their wonderful personality. As long as its her idea. If not, then she can be not only headstrong, but creative in her way of showing her displeasure. Take her show career, as an example.....the only reason Kate Helms parted with this beauty, is because Fergie HATES to show. She will lead anywhere...stand, set up, etc...and look gorgeous doing it. But, not in a show ring...to which, she will leap, lunge, stick her heels in the dirt, or if necessary, lay down.

     Because Forgiveness makes me laugh, and I know her heart, we have an agreement and just don't show. Since she thrives under attention, she was most pleased that the Appraiser doted over her. Thus, she responded accordingly. He awarded her with a VEV+ 87---and while I don't agree with the last score, (reflecting a need for a stronger medial---it doesn't really concern me since her daughter freshened with an excellent MSL). However the appraiser was very impressed with her dairy strength and commented on how refined and very feminine she was. He even gave her an E for her head, which of course, she lovedForgiveness is super dairy and one of my all time favorites to milk. She has wonderful texture, long teat length, very capacious, and just delightful milkability. In 2013, she came close to the 1000# mark, almost doubling her production from her first year on DHI....and also put her in the AGS National Top 10 in production. In 2014, I am so blessed to announce that not only did Fergie join the 1000# Club (1060# in 305 Days), but her dam, Kirby was awarded her Milk Stars which bumped all Kirby's daughters to 2*M/2*D does. Its an awesome program. In addition, Fergie not only made the AGS Top 10 in 3 of 4 categories for 1 Day Test, but she also was in the Top 10 in their 305 Day Production Awards. Very impressive doe and Dam line as Kirby had two daughters and 1 Gr-daughter make it in 2014 AGS Top 10!!! In true "Forgiveness" style, she JUST missed the JuJu GOLD by a half of pound (67# vs 67.5#). A repeat performance from 2012 where she was the same amount (.5#) shy of the Bronze. Gotta love this doe!!!!! 
    
Among her other attributes, Forgiveness delivers easily, is a great mother, and has super sweet kids. Another heartwarming story that has moved this doe up to near hero status came about this summer. Fergie's daughter (who is a FF), had a very difficult labor that resulted in a still-born kid. Understandably the doe was distraught and very vocal about her loss. We put her mama with her, and Forgiveness instantly provided the love and stability the young doe needed. Its actually very tender and quite amazing to see such attributes arise, proving what a truly special doe she is...A most sincere thanks go to Ben and Kate...from the bottom of our hearts. Fergie is one of our biggest blessings. 


**** 2012, 2014 AGS National Top 10 1 Day Milk Test: 3 of 4 categories ****
4.9# High on Test Day
Milked 1060# in 305 Days
ANDDA 2013, 2014 (pending) Sue Rucker Silver JuJu Award (67#)

 

Fergie's Milk Record

Age at Freshening Days In Milk Total lbs Milked Butterfat lbs % BF Protein lbs % P Height Notes
1.09 275 540 37 6.85% 22 4.07%   2012 DHIR
1.11 47 4.1# - 4.8%   3.4% 21" 1 Day Milk Test
AGS Top 10 Milk
#7 Production
207 305 900 54 6% 38 4.5%   2013 DHIR (305)
2.07 327 949 57 6% 40 4.2%   2013 DHIR (Total Lactation)
2.08 60 3.8#           1 Day Milk Test
3.08 305 1060# 67 6.5% 41 4%   2014 DHIR
2014 AGS Top 10 1 Day
Production, Overall Score & Protein
AGS Top 10 305 Day Awards Production
3.08 399 1295# 85# 6.56% 52# 4% - 2014 DHIR (Total Lactation)
3.10 60 4.9# - 5.8% - 3.6% 21" 1 Day Milk Test (2014)

2012


Fergie's first freshening udder, 12 hours full.


Fergie's dam, Little Tot's Estate Kirby's, first freshening udder (left). Helmstead Minis RS Pigeon (right).
(Photo courtesy of Helmstead Minis.)


Fergie's dam's half sister GCH Little Tot's Estate Trillium 1*M.
(Photos courtesy of Rust Repp of Little Tots Estate).


CH/ARMCH Buttin'Heads Wedding Song 3*D EEEE91.
(Photos courtesy of Buttin'Heads.)


Caesar's Villa GS Zillionaire *D AR VG.
(Photos courtesy of Sharon Boger.)

 

Thunderhill A Merlot
1 X RGCH
Sire of:
Helmstead Mini's TM Phenomenon
2011 NDGA National Grand Champion Wether
Meadow Blue Farm Ace
Sire of:
Thunderhill A Electra
2010 NDGA Nationals JGCH
2011 NDGA Nationals RGCH Dry Doe
Cornerstone Farm Calah
HES EX 90.3
ARMCH Munchranch PH Magic Marker +*S E
Sire of:
ARMCH Gay-Mors Magic Naiad 5*D
Cornerstone Farm Phebe *D AR
Caesar's Villa GS Zillionaire *D VG AR1687
2 X Junior GCH
2 X Senior GCH
4 X RGCH
1 X BOB
2004 Top Ten! #7 Protein
Caesar's Villa STS Gun Slinger *S
Caesar's Villa Oreo's Zestana
Anbonjo HRL Painted Daisy
1 x 1st
QSF Anbonjo Hot Rod Lincoln Twin Creeks MF Prairie Hawk
2001 AGS RGCH
QSF PH Porche
Milk Whey's Minuet PGCH/MCH Goodwood X-Ray +S E
Sire of:
MCH/PGCH Green Gate Cinderella's Prince *S
Grandsire of:
MCH/PGCH Green Gate Prince of Tides *S
2002 Nationa GCH
Gay-Mor's Domino Marmoset
Daughter of:
ARMCH Gay-Mor Berry's Jurassic
Little Tot's Estate Kirby
Dam to:
Helmstead Minis RS Pigeon 1 X GCH
Helmstead Minis FF Glamorous
2 X GCH,
1st Place AGS 2011 Nationals

Half sister to:
GCH Little Tot's Estate Trillium 1*M
2011 NDGA National GCH
CH Buttin'Heads Red Branch Legend *S
Sire of:
MCH/CH/PGCH Little Tot's Estate Valentino
9 x GCH
Buttin'Heads Galziping Ghost *S
Half brother to:
Buttin'Heads Bryen's Song 4*D
200s Highest 1 Day Milk Test 3.9#, 7.4%BF
Twin Creeks BW Zip Drive *S
Sire and Grandsire of many champions!
ARMCH Buttin'Heads Maple Seedling 3*D
Granddam of many champions
CH/ARMCH Buttin'Heads Wedding Song 3*D EEEE91
17 X Best Udder
Dam to 5 Finished Champions!

Full sister to:
MCH Buttin'Heads Reason For Living
Creek Road Hudson +S
ARMCH Buttin'Heads Bryedal Veil 2*D
Dam and Granddam to many Champions, Milk Stars, BOB's and BU's.
Little Tot's Estate Platycodon
Dam to:
GCH Little Tot's Estate Trillium 1*M
2011 NDGA National GCH
2 X JGCH
1 X Best Junior Doe In Show
1 X GCH Senior Doe
3 X GCH Reserve GCH
PromisedLand CP Zippo ARMCH Caesar's Villa CBS Cowpoke ++*S E ++*B
Sire & G-Sire to many Champions, AR and * Progeny.
Full brother to:
ARMCH Caesar's Villa CBS Stetson ++*S AR
Caesar's Villa GD Zippy 3*D
Granddam to Champions and AR/* Progeny
Little Tot's Estate Asclepias GCH/MCH/PGCH SM3Pines JurEn's Swell Foop +S
Sire of:
GCH/PGCH Brush Creek Hallelujah 1*M
GCH/PGCH
LTE Abutilon 2*M
Full brother to:
GCH/MCH/PGCH SM3PInes JurEn's Sugar Glider 2*M
CH
SM3Pines CRE Wizard
Little Tot's Estate Larix
Full sister to:
GCH LTE Bambusa 1*M


 

Show Record

ADGA AGS NDGA
     



 

Fergie's Kidding History

DOB Does Bucks Sire Names
2-26-12 0 2 +*B Olson Acres RC Augustine +*S Both Bucklings have Blue-Eyes
12-16-12 2 0 Muddy Creek BC Caribou Sinai Thunder C Frankincense
Sinai Thunder C Gold and Myrrh
1-21-14 0 3 *B Sinai Thunder AG Asher *S Sinai Thunder ASG Chip *S *B
Sinai Thunder ASH Frosty *S *B
Sinai Thunder ASH Butterscotch *S *B
         

 

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