My venture into the world of dairy goats started in 1968 with a 2-week-old Nubian kid purchased as a 4-H project. Little did I know that "Rosie" would be the beginning of a lifelong interest and career.
The Quality Crest herd prefix has been used since the early 1970s. First for my small Nubian herd, later for my herd of Saanens which became my sole focus in the 70's and 80's, and now, with a very small, select herd of Toggenburgs.
The Quality Crest Saanens enjoyed a modicum of success with many permanent champions, USDA/DHIR "Elite" homebred sires, Top Ten does, ADGA National Show placements and the biggest claim to fame - GCH Quality Crest JR Sugar Storm 4*M VG89, who became the All-Time Saanen Butterfat record holder that held for 20 years. Her son, SG*B Quality Crest Patent Pending, was the first American buck of any breed offered for sale in the prestigious ADGA Spotlight Sale.
My personal involvement in the industry has included 13 years as an ADGA Director (one of only two individuals to have represented two ADGA districts, and the youngest person ever elected to the Board at the age of 21 - a long time ago!); a licensed ADGA judge since the age of 18 (I'm not telling how many years that is!); and chairman or member of more ADGA committees than I can recall. It has been my pleasure and honor to have judged ten ADGA National Shows over the years - the first at the age of 27. Today, I make my livliehood as publisher/editor of United Caprine News, the only monthly publication serving the dairy goat industry (http://www.unitedcaprinenews.com/).
I sold my Saanen herd in the late 1980s after moving from my boyhood home in Ohio to rural west Texas to become editor of United Caprine News. I purchased the publication ten years later and moved to the outskirts of Fort Worth. It was always my hope to be able to be actively involved with a herd of my own again, and after a bout with cancer I realized I was not as immortal as I thought - and I had better put my plans into action before it was too late! So the venture into Toggenburgs began in 2007 with the purchase of four foundation does. And, I'm happy to say, today I'm healthy and glad to be back into raising and showing dairy goats.
The Quality Crest herd is kept at a maximum of only ten does. The focus is on production and type. The herd is CAE negative and tested twice each year - once before breeding season and once prior to the beginning of kidding time. Kids are raised on 100% raw goat colostrum and raw goat milk from our CAE negative animals. The only vaccination given is CDT. Management and nutrition are the focus of our herd health program. Kids are raised separately from mature does until the fall.
Only kids and mature stock that I am proud to have carry the Quality Crest prefix are offered for sale as breeding stock. Generally, buck kids from first fresheners are not offered for presale and only those from dams good enough to stay in the herd are sold once I have a chance to evaluate the dam. Due to the small size of the herd milking does are occasionally available and will be listed on our "For Sale" page. Presales for qualified buck kids and doe kids can be done with a $100 deposit which is nonrefundable unless the kid is not born or does not meet my standards to be sold as a breeding animal - in which case you can receive a full refund, choose another kid or apply the deposit to a kid the following year. I do, of course, reserve the right to retain any doe kids born for the herd in which case your deposit will be refunded, carried over or transferred to another kid.
The first appearance of the Quality Crest Toggenburgs at an ADGA National Show was quite satisfying. I entered four classes at the 2010 ADGA National Show in Louisville, Kentucky with the following results: first place senior kid & Junior Champion; first place/first place udder three year old; first place junior get of sire; and first place best 3 junior does!
Because of distance and a record-setting heat wave in Texas we did not venture to the 2011 National Show in Massachusetts, but 2012 was another successful year with our small string of six does bringing home National Grand Champion, 1st/1st udder aged doe. 1st/1st udder 5-6 year old, 5th 2 year old, 3rd intermediate kid, 5th junior kid and 1st junior get of sire as well as Toggenburg Total Performer and both of the 305-day production awards. 2013 was another amazing year with four does bringing home National Grand Champion, Best Udder in the breed, 3rd place senior yearling, 2nd/2nd udder milking yearling, 1st/1st udder three year old, 1st/1st udder 5-6 year old, 1st dam & daughter and high lifetime production awards for both milk and butterfat.
Due to the very limited number of shows in Texas (no summer shows because of the heat) the herd is not shown extensively. I prefer not to exhibit at fairs due to time restraints and the health risks involved. The focus is on nationally competitive animals that perform in the milking parlor. Currently, the herd of five milking does is comprised of three permanent champions and two yearling milkers. Between the five does there is a National Grand Champion, two National Show class winners, and a second place miker. Please feel free to contact me for more information about the herd or what might be available.
Jeff Klein - P.O. Box 328 - Crowley, Texas 76036 - (817) 297-4425