Paprika is a curious, outgoing young doe who was born on the ranch on March 2nd of 2019. She comes from one of our oldest and most adored lineages on the farm; Paprika’s grandmother, Allspice, was one of the three original goats that Jack and Michelle purchased for the herd back in 2015! One thing we have noticed through the generations of does that have been born on the ranch is that many quirky personality characteristics pass from mother to daughter, and this is especially true of all of Allspice’s progeny.
One odd characteristic that has passed down through the generations only shows up during birthing season on the ranch; Allspice had a tendency to paw and dig incessantly during labor and all her descendants seem to share the same propensity! While digging is a common sign of labor in goats, Allspice and her progeny seem to take it to another level and often dig deep furrows into the soil while in labor (luckily for us, this makes it very easy to tell when they are about to deliver!).
They also all seem to share Allspice’s sassy and dominant personality, which has led us to fondly refer to this family as the “spice girls”! Their familial tenacity tends to propel them to vie for positions of royalty within the Stepladder goat herd; Allspice was our first “herd queen” and all her daughters and granddaughters now share the rule of the herd.
(Stepladder Creamery co-owner Jack Rudolph entertaining Paprika’s grandmother, Allspice, with his fancy hat.)
Now we have four of Allspice’s daughters and three of her granddaughters in our milking herd, including Paprika’s mom, Vanilla, and her daughter, Curry. Part of the reason we adore this lineage so much and choose to populate our herd with so many “Spice Girls” is because they are some of our most productive milkers in the herd. Paprika’s mom, cousins, and aunts have long been some of our best milkers, and now Paprika is right up there with the best of them.
(Paprika’s sire Steve (L) and dam (R) Vanilla - see any resemblance!?)
Although Paprika is only two years old this year, she has already skyrocketed to becoming one of the best milkers in the entire herd. This July she was producing a whopping 1.7 gallons of milk per day on average, and next year she will likely produce even more!
Although she is one of the spice girls and is therefore very commanding with the other goats in the herd, she is very gentle and mild-mannered with her doting human caretakers and loves getting scratched behind her tiny Lamancha ears.
We can’t wait to see what next year holds in store for her and we look forward to enjoying her company for many years to come. Who knows - maybe she will become our next herd queen?!
(Paprika poses for the camera in the fading light of dusk on the ranch.)