Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
A boy and his goats...
2014 ADGA National 1st Place Dairy Herd
As a child my mom raised Saanens, Alpines, and Nubians and eventually just got down to solely Nubians under the herd name Gilmore's. In the early 90's my mom turned the herd over to me as her knees were bad and just could not keep up with the herd on a daily basis so I added back in a few Alpines, but from about 1987 I fell in love with the Lamancha breed at a Illinois show. I know I probably drove the lady that owned the herd crazy this 10 year old little girl obsessed with her earless wonders, but she was kind and answered my million questions and let me hang on her pens for 3 days every chance I got. I drove my mom crazy that weekend saying "Oh mom I want one, I'll do anything!" My mom to say the least was not as impressed with the earless breed as I was! So my mom finally gave in and to see just how dedicated I would be in taking care of the new endeavor she bought me a wether whos name was Tommy from the lady at the Illinois Show. I loved Tommy but mom was just not so sure about the breed and at this time they were not real popular and selling/exporting was difficult so it didnt really go any farther but my love for them just grew stronger as the years went by and nine years later when my good friend Judy Enstrom was selling out of her Lamancha herd I bought two kids from her. A couple years later I added a few animals from a couple other herds that were selling out. As my Lamancha herd grew my other breeds grew less and less. In 2005 I sold the Nubian herd and in 2008 I sold the Alpine herd to lessen the numbers, work, and to focus on my favorite breed and true passion the.....LAMANCHAS!! It is hard to believe but 2019 will be 20 years of breeding Lamanchas! There have been many ups and downs but the love of this breed keeps me going strong.