NATIONAL CHAMPION SPOTLIGHT
Grand Champion Market Goat – 2023 American Royal
Shown by Maci Zerbach – Bred by Blue Team
What’s the pedigree of your champion?
BTW Russian Princess x BTW Fabio
In your opinion, who has been the most influential buck across the industry?
It is hard to say what buck has been the most influential across the entire wether goat industry, but we would say in our personal breeding program, it was ‘BTW Who’s Your Daddy’. BTW Fabio and Soldier Boy were direct sons of WYD. Those 2 bucks definitely made a huge impact for us, in both females we kept in our donor program and bucks we kept as well. Those two bucks and WYD will continue to impact our program for years to come.
What makes your operation run smoothly?
An operation of our size definitely doesn’t just run itself. We currently have 3 full-time employees, Deana and myself, and when he’s home Hayden. We all play a different role at times, and then work together some days. Everyone understanding how important each and every daily task is, especially during breeding and kidding seasons is very important. We are blessed to have the best and are very thankful for them.
What does your breeding season look like? Do you AI or flush most of your Females?
Our breeding season consists of both AI’s and flushes. In 2023 we will flush 13 times, and close to 300 head of donors. We also AI every natural doe on the place. When AI season is over, we will have AI’d approximately 300 head as well.
How has the new reproduction practices impacted your herd?
We are firm believers in all of the new reproduction practices. Whether it is flushing, AI’ing, IVF, or cloning we do them all. These practices allow us to utilize both bucks and does, on a different level. With the sheer number of animals that we breed each year, our buck battery could not keep up, but AI’ing, flushing and IVF allow us to use them extensively without wearing them down. These practices also allow us to use our donor does more than one time per season, and we change their matings as well.
What’s your dream as a producer?
I don’t think we are different than any show animal producer. Our DREAM is to continue to raise champion wethers and does, and continue to help our customers win on local, state, and national levels! We firmly believe that if you are not working to better your stock and services, to make your CUSTOMERS dreams come true, then you are not working for the right reasons!
Do you prefer online sales or live sales?
We absolutely love both platforms! We hold 5 live sales each season at our ranch in Zephyr, TX. We love the live sales because they allow us to have that ever important personal contact with customers. Putting faces with names is very important to us! We also understand the importance of the online platforms. We use both SC Online Sales and CCI.live. Both of these amazing platforms allow customers from across the state and country the opportunity to buy from us as well. We answer a multitude of calls and texts about online sale lots and enjoy that form of contact with customers as well!