About Sparkling Acres

Kiara'nTim

Welcome to Sparkling Acres Dairy Goats!  Sparkling Acres is located in Central NJ on a 90 acre fruit and vegetable farm.  Although we have raised dairy goats for over 20 years, we have raised Oberhasli exclusively since 1997.  GCH Windrace Farm Jingle Sparkles was our first Oberhasli doe, and what a great start she was!  Most of the herd today can be traced back to her.  In 2004, Kristie purchased SGCH Little Orchard BR Lily, a foundation for her LaMancha herd.

We are members of ADGA, Oberhasli Breeders of America, Oberhasli Goat Club, and the Garden State Dairy Goat Breeders Association.  We participate in the Linear Appraisal and DHIR programs.  Our 3 children, Tim, Kristie, and Kellie all play an active roll in the raising, handling and breeding of the animals and use them as their 4-H projects.  We attend a limited number of shows in our area each year and look forward to attending the National Shows that are within a reasonable driving distance.  Our breeding program strives to create the “overall” Oberhasli…one who can excel in the show ring, in conformation, and in milk production.

Kristie'nMel

Kristie getting ready for a show

2008 started off as a horrific year for us.  We had a few problems with select does over the last few years and knew there was something wrong, but neither we, fellow breeders, nor our vets could pin point what it was.  As kidding season came into full swing, we encountered one problem after another.  We lost Sparkling Acres Keep The Faith to a tough delivery and a torn uterus.  Days later, we lost GCH Sparkling Acres Kiara Twist after a cesearean, due to pregnancy complications.  The next day, we lost SGCH Sparkling Acres Simply Elegant, to what, after an autopsy, was ruled ketosis.  Upon getting bloodwork results after Ellie’s autopsy, we noticed her copper levels, although considered ‘within the norm’ were extremely low.  This confirmed our suspicions of a copper deficiency within the herd.  After doing additional research, we found that copper deficiencies are known to cause of multiple kidding problems, including ketosis, breech births, and more.  We also found, after talking to some of our fellow Oberhasli breeder friends, that many of them have started giving supplemental copper within their herds.  Needless to say, we were devastated to have lost such superior does.  Although our herd still battles copper deficiencies, we supplement our animals, have experienced successful subsequent kidding seasons, and are looking forward to our does once again reaching their full potential!

Kel'nSammi

Herd health is of utmost importance to us.  All kids are raised on a strict CAE preventative program using heat-treated goat colostrum and pasteurized goat milk.  Our herd is tested each spring for CAE, and has been CAE negative since we started testing in 2002.  Our does are dewormed only as needed based on fecal testing.  All bred does receive their CDT and BoSe shots 4 to 6 weeks prior to kidding.  Bucks are vaccinated prior to the breeding season with CDT and BoSe.  Our herd is free of caseous lymphadenitis and sore mouth, and was tested negative for Johnne’s in 2007.  Any bucks brought back into the herd are thoroughly tested before they come back home.