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11 years 10 months ago #24287 by 2D
Hello, I'm in Franklin was created by 2D
Hello everyone, We live in Franklin on a small block and my passion is milking goats (saanen). I hope to learn lots in these forums - when I find out how to use them.
Beginning question : I have just been given an orphan lamb and it is a polled Wiltshire. Its dam had a brass tag in its ear with a number and "Okahu Falls" and its sire is Wiltshire too. Is there a central registry for Wiltshires? My goats are registered and if I am to diversify into Wiltshire sheep too, I'd like to be registering them also. Anybody able to advise me?

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11 years 10 months ago #343462 by Stu_R
Replied by Stu_R on topic Hello, I'm in Franklin
Welcome 2D :)
I am not sure, but not that i know of in regard to register
check with Wiltshire on this site , they are sure to know for certain :)
I will shoot them a text and let you know when they answer me :)

5 retired Greyhounds ( Bridgette , Lilly, GoGo,Sam and now Lenny) 15 friendly sheep all of whom are named and come when you call them :) , 2 goats, Mollie and Eee Bee :
Olive trees , .. old bugger doing the best he can with no money or land :)

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11 years 10 months ago #343743 by 2D
Replied by 2D on topic Hello, I'm in Franklin
Thank you for your reply, Stu R.
I'm puzzled that I can't find a breed registry for Wiltshires. If there isn't one, how do you know that it really is a Wiltshire?

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11 years 10 months ago #343763 by max2
Replied by max2 on topic Hello, I'm in Franklin
Hi 2D, I am currently in Franklin but on the way out to Waikato.... with the boundary changes. Yippee!

i think tigger from here is a wiltshire fan so she will probably have a heap of info to share. PG and Yakut are good for local goat info...

apart from that, enjoy! Its a great forum and we all have good conversations on both sides of the fence!!

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11 years 10 months ago #343806 by LongRidge
Replied by LongRidge on topic Hello, I'm in Franklin
Hi 2D. In NZ there is no easy way of knowing if what you have bought from someone else who has bought it from the breeder actually is what the seller told you it is. I've been caught out quite a few times, even with a breeder who didn't know the parentage of the animal that I bought. She told me one thing, which as the animal got older it became quite obvious that it wasn't the breed I had paid for.
You could phone PGGWrightsons and ask the stock agent if they know who uses the Okahu Falls name. You will then need to phone the Okahu Falls livestock manager with the tag number, who might be able to tell you everything about that animal.

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11 years 9 months ago #343849 by Pumpkingirl
Replied by Pumpkingirl on topic Hello, I'm in Franklin
Welcome 2D, hope you enjoy the forum (and Franklin) :D

I believe the Wiltshire breeders did have an association, which became part of the NZ Sheep Breeds a few years ago. While Wiltshires are not listed on their website, I'm sure they could point you in the right direction. Here's the link for contacts:

www.nzsheep.co.nz/site/contactus.htm

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11 years 9 months ago #344971 by the old ram
Replied by the old ram on topic Hello, I'm in Franklin
Hi 2D.What a wonderful choice the Saanan is ,great milkers,great temperment and easy to handle breed ,without the "flighterness" of some of the other breeds,do you just milk for the house or do you "sell" the milk?..............Dont forget to post some photos of you favorites.................T.O.R.

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11 years 9 months ago #345122 by TKFARMER
Replied by TKFARMER on topic Hello, I'm in Franklin
you wouldn`t be a db tractor man would you. tkf

Playing farmer on 3.5 acres. [:)][:)]

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11 years 9 months ago #345698 by 2D
Replied by 2D on topic Hello, I'm in Franklin
Hello Swaggie,
You lucky thing! We're affected by the Great Auckland Grab too - but we've been unlucky enough to be put half in Auckland and half in Waikato !!! Literally, the land has been divided between the two. Needless to say, the bit with the house on has been given to Auckland.
Thanks for the info about who knows about Wiltshires. I shall try asking Tigger.

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11 years 9 months ago #345699 by 2D
Replied by 2D on topic Hello, I'm in Franklin
Thanks, Longridge. I shall try what you suggest.

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11 years 9 months ago #345700 by 2D
Replied by 2D on topic Hello, I'm in Franklin
Thanks, Pumpkin Girl,
I looked at the site you gave me and have contacted them because they don't have a listing for Wiltshires, so I'll let everyone know what they tell me.

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11 years 9 months ago #345702 by 2D
Replied by 2D on topic Hello, I'm in Franklin
Hello The Old Ram,
Yes, my goats are all Saanen. I've had these for many years - I think I'm an addict, actually. I did sell my milk for a while, as petfood as I'm not registered "for human consumption" through a shop, but by the time I had bought the bottles, bottletops, labels and printed the labels, and the not inconsiderable commission the shop wanted, I found it was more lucrative to bring up calves. So that is what happens to the surplus milk.
I'd put on some photos if I could work out how to do it. I need an instruction manual I think because I've never participated in this sort of thing before !

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11 years 9 months ago #345703 by 2D
Replied by 2D on topic Hello, I'm in Franklin
No sorry, TKFarmer, we don't have a tractor because we're too hilly and not big enough. We do have a Power-Pony, which has some drawbacks but is lighter on the paddocks than a full sized tractor.

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11 years 9 months ago #345710 by the old ram
Replied by the old ram on topic Hello, I'm in Franklin
Hi 2D, the first time Itried I could not get it and someone on the site explained it like this...................at the bottom ,click on "go advanced"..........write message............click on "paper clip"............in the box click on "choose file"..........select photo and click on "open"...........click on "upload"....when loaded click on "CLOSE THIS WINDOW" and submit reply.

Attached files [IMG]http://app.lifestyleblock.co.nz/images/converted_files/334830=5955-1st lamb.jpg[/img]

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11 years 9 months ago #345772 by max2
Replied by max2 on topic Hello, I'm in Franklin

2D;334817 wrote: Hello Swaggie,
You lucky thing! We're affected by the Great Auckland Grab too - but we've been unlucky enough to be put half in Auckland and half in Waikato !!! Literally, the land has been divided between the two. Needless to say, the bit with the house on has been given to Auckland.
Thanks for the info about who knows about Wiltshires. I shall try asking Tigger.


I am looking forward to the change in council being over and done with, so sick of hearing ''but you will be in waikato in a couple of months and we don't know" business.... its gone on for long enough and those that should know, should. Either that or cancel the whole darn thing until every official does know....[:(!][:(!]

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