|MUNCHIN HILL FARM
French Alpine and Oberhasli Dairy Goats
|JEFF, PAT and CHRISTEN ADELS
4878 Paynes Ford Road
Kearneysville, WV 25430
|"EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT IS FROM ABOVE..." James 1:17
Munchin Hill Farm began raising dairy goats in 1976. Back then our milking does would lounge on this one little hill which jokingly soon became known as
"Munchin'Hill" because there the girls would contentedly chew ("munch") their cuds all day long. (In German, the word "munchin" means "to eat" or "snack").
Hence our not-at-all sophisticated herd name was born.
Our family has had some really blessed years with high placings at the National Shows we have been able to attend. We generally breed for the very dairy, long-bone
pattered type of French Alpine which excels in high elegant front ends and above average production. Even though our herd had tested CAE negative prior to
departure for the National Show in 1997, our entire show string exhibited symptoms of CAE within months of returning home. We were totally devastated and
actually had planned on never showing again. We had to sadly ship our entire show string and every doe that had been housed with them to the auction barn. We
simply did not have the facilities to maintain two separate herds when we made the move from New York State to West Virginia. South of the Mason-Dixon line we
began developing our second herd almost from scratch.
While this new herd has been totally CAE negative since 2000, we will continue to test each individual mature doe through WSU/WVU ELISA testing every year.
We usually retain only eight milkers each year. These does must all be competitive at the national level, being good sized and having good strong and dairy bone.
Our stock is more than fairly priced for its quality.
At our new location in the beautiful rolling hills of the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, there is fierce Alpine competition from Virginia, North Carolina,
Pennsylvania and Maryland. The area is quite an Alpine stronghold. This makes any high placings and wins that much sweeter!
Our herd is raised on as natural/organic a diet as is possible. This includes high quality alfalfa hay or grass hay, non GMO grains, redmond salt and generous
quantities of very pricey organic kelp which contains most of the minerals our goats require. We no longer vaccinate nor administer BOSE. We do use mostly
natural wormers and herbal remedies. Antibiotics are administered only as a last resort.
2003: Leaving the dark ages, we purchased our first computer. Thanks to the encouragement of Ben Masemore we gradually designed and built our own website. Pat
became addicted to emailing and googling everything she could find about dairy goats on other breeders' websites.
2004: Our herd competed in eight regional shows in 2004, and the does taken to the 2004 Nationals all made the cut in classes that sometimes exceeded 70 does!
This was Kickoff's best year ever. She completed her championship under Steve Richter at the Virginia State DGA show, placing over Rushkin's dam.
2005: Our girls travelled to six shows, two of which were double-ring events. Both Angela and Annie completed their championships, while Peek-a-boo,
Bridget(Biscuit's dam) and River(Alias's sire) all obtained official legs.
2006: At the National Show, all seven of the does we brought (2 kids and 5 milkers), made the cut and garnered high placings in huge classes some of which had more
than seventy does entered!!! Most of the does placed in the "top ten". Peek-a-boo took 1st place and 1st udder in the 3 yr. old class. We also attended 5 regional
shows where Peek-a-boo completed her championship.
2007: We discovered the old hay shed on our property to be totally infested with termites! As a result, we invested in the construction of our lovely new hay barn.
Due to the drought and consequent shortage of quality hay, we sold two of our permanent champions. Only six milkers and seven doe kids were retained. Hopefully
2008 will be a better year for forage. On a bright note, Klassic looked unbeatable this season and earned her championship status by placing 3xGCH, 3xBOB and
2xBIS at the only three shows we were able to attend this season.
2008: Our herd was appraised once again and the new scores are now listed. We have retained a Rushkin son (Alamo), the Peek-a-boo triplet does and one of
Klassic's quad does (Yes, quad DOES!!! First time in Munchin Hill history!) We have campaigned our 2 yr olds at only four local shows where both does acquired
legs toward their championships! Christen and I attended the Nationals in Kentucky with six of our milkers.
All made the cut and most placed in the top ten. Peek-a-boo was 3rd and 3rd udder in the 5-6 yr old class with hair-splitting placings. We enjoyed visiting with you
for that wonderful week. Thanks to Jeff for his willingness to take on the chores at the home front!
2009: Our sad news is that we lost CH Munchin'Hill Power Klassic after a horrible kidding. It was also a year with a number of injuries affecting our show string.
Our better news is that 2009 was more relaxing with no National Show being in our schedule. Since we sold almost all of our doe kids in 2008, we retained six of
them this year. There were five shows on our calendar for the season. One was in Virginia; one in West Virginia; three were in Maryland. Allegheny completed her
championship, her sister A La Carte obtained her second milking leg and our two-year old Aria earned her first championship leg!
2010: Three of the four milkers we brought to the Nationals all placed in the top five while our two-year- old took eighth in a very strong class! The herd was once
again appraised. With the loss of two of our top does: CH Allegheny and CH Peek-a-boo, plus the sale of several others, we were left with only five Senior does by
the end of the season. In addition to the National Show, we attended only three other shows. Munchin'Hill A La Carte completed her championship. Munchin'Hill
Portia was GCH and BOB acquiring her first GCH leg..
2011: We attended four regional shows in 2011, coming home with championship legs on both Portia and Avalanche, BOB wins with Avalanche, Portia and A La
Carte and then BIS wins with Avalanche, Portia and A La Carte. Appraisal was also on the docket. One new exceptional junior herdsire has been added to our
2012: Our herd once again tested negative for CAE this Winter. 2012 was a relatively quiet year for us as we did not schedule appraisal nor attend the National
Show. Surprisingly we were able to compete at five shows where our ladies brought home 3 GCH, 3 ResGCH and 1 BIS wins. Both Portia and Avalanche are now
finished champions. We are excited about our doe kid crop, our first fresheners and two junior herd sires.
2013: We were appraised again this year and are pleased with both Portia and Avalanche achieving final scores of 92. Our does competed in six shows. 2013 was
Portia's year to shine as she was best of breed six times and claimed the Best Doe in Show honors four times. Petrova grabbed three GCH wins so is now a finished
champion. To eliminate all the hormone issues we have had the last several years, we switched our herd to non GMO feed. We are asking all of you to urge farmers
not to plant any genetically modified grains nor alfalfa as these feeds are wreaking havoc in livestock. Those companies producing the GMO foods are combining the
genetic plant codes with other species, altering the original plants from how they were designed by our God. This can only lead to disaster.
2014: We experienced the longest coldest Winter in the fourteen years we have resided in WV. It was hard on the livestock as well as on their keepers. On the other
hand, the Summer of 2014 was the coolest and most pleasant ever! Our herd was not appraised but we did attend the national show where the four does we exhibited
all placed very well. We competed at only four regional shows where Antigone acquired two unrestricted GCH legs while Belle captured three unrestricted legs and
is now a finished champion. We ventured into the Oberhasli breed with the purchase of two dry yearlings!
2015: We thought last Winter was cold but this one took the prize with making for a very depressing season with bitter cold, snow and lots of ice. I now don't like
Winters anymore! We were appraised in early May and attended only four shows (one triple ring, two double rings and one single ring). Antigone completed her
championship while Adiva, Spellbound and Darcy acquired official legs toward their championships. Our Oberhasli Deborah, went 1st five times shown and
2xGCH, but there were not quite enough does exhibited for her to acquire any official legs. We have purchased two very well-bred Oberhasli buck kids to add to our
arsenal of sires. The Summer this year was wonderfully cool and pleasant!
2016: This Winter was relatively brief, but a record January blizzard, dumping between 30 to 40 inches of snow in our area kept us homebound for several days.
Both the Harrisburg National Show and appraisal are planned for 2016. We may only attend two regional shows. With us dabbling with the Oberhasli breed, we
have had to really narrow the number of French Alpines we will retain. The decisions as to whom to sell are very difficult. The herdshare bill was finally passed in
WV, making raw milk available to the public.
If you wish to reserve any kids or milkers, then a $100 deposit per kid/milker is required ( quickly refunded only if the kid born is of the wrong sex). There will be no
refund of deposits on cancelled orders. Please make checks payable to: Patricia Adels. If you desire your kid shipped, then health papers ($60) and transportation to
the airport ($50) are required. Crates (size 400 is best) need to be provided by the buyer. Kids are flown out of BWI Airport in Baltimore, MD. or Dulles Airport in
Dulles, VA. at about two to three weeks of age. Most flights are uneventful, but please realize that once the kid leaves the ground at our end, we cannot accept
responsibility if anything happens to it after that.
All costs must be paid and clear the bank prior to the shipping date. Listed prices are for pre-ordered kids picked up or shipped prior to one month of age. Boarding
fees will be charged after that time.
We have always honored the sale of pre-ordered kids, but do reserve the right to retain any kid that is born.
Please remember that there are no guarantees when working with genetics. Sometimes the genes "click" and sometimes they don't. That is the challenge that faces
all of us as breeders. We can tell you the sire's and dam's strengths as well as what can be improved. So do not hesitate to ask anything. There is no guarantee on
how the udders will develop on any of the kids that are purchased. We do guarantee the health of the kid on day-of-sale but not after it leaves our farm. All buck kids
are guaranteed fertile if managed correctly and are not fed genetically modified feeds which are now known to cause breeding problems. If any are veterinarian
certified as infertile, then the buck kid will be replaced.
Thank you for your interest in our small herd. God bless!
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|updated June 5, 2016
Some new Alpine and Ober milker pictures
are now posted!
|Please note that pictures on this website may not be reproduced without permission from Munchin Hill Farm