About 5 years ago, we moved to Genola, Utah, a lovely farming community filled with fruit orchards and fields of alfalfa and other crops. A wonderful place to start raising dairy goats again!

Our adventure began with a small herd of Nubians back in the 80s. We lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming at that time. We had Nubians for a couple of years. Then we got acquainted with the LaManchas of South Fork. That changed everything for us. From then on, we had to have LaManchas! We started with a few wonderful does from South Fork and expanded from there by using AI and purchasing from other herds.

LaManchas were such fun to have around. Their temperament was what we loved about them along with their ability to milk as well as show. We played with them, milked them and showed them. We did well in the show ring in Wyoming, Colorado and at a few national shows and even had a couple of top ten producers (Volume 48 of the ADGA Performance Summary).

Things began to change in our lives in 2002. We sold our herd and moved on to do other things for a while. We’re retired now and have time to raise goats again! Of course, we looked for kids from our favorite herds and found a lovely mix of those herds right here in Utah. Sand Stone Ridge, owned by the Massey family, was able to get us off to a good start by selling us a couple of doe kids and a buck. Those bloodlines incorporate the South Fork (still my favorite), Kastdemur’s, and Autumn Acres. We have included photos, pedigrees and comments for each of these kids and hope you enjoy looking at them.

Our goals are a little different this go round. While we’ll still strive for good milk production and proper confirmation, we will probably not show again–although, one never knows what may occur in the future. And hopefully, we can take advantage of some of the programs offered by ADGA. But, mostly, our goats are here for our enjoyment and we hope to include our daughter and her family in this episode of Double T Ranch LaManchas!

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