In 1986, after showing a dry yearling Toggenburg for a friend, I asked my mother if I could purchase her (Shawn's Kabbage Patch Kid). The problem was the herd was made up of Nubians at the time. I paid for her with my own $75 and in a few years the toggs would control half the barn.
Our herd is entirely Purebred. I was fortunate to have access to some great purebred foundation does. Most of the does come from three main maternal genetic lines. They are the J/Star line (coming from SGCH Sugar & Spice Jasmine *M), PH line (from GCH Tis Star Dancer *M), and the D line (from SGCH Amlear Deanna 2*M). The D line came to the herd when I traded a daughter of the original dry yearling in 1991. We added a few americans into the mix, but overtime they have all left the herd. It has been a difficult decision not to breed to an American buck, especially when some new/popular buck pops up, but I have decided to continue to breed my style of Toggenburgs.
My family started with dairy goats in 1979 and has continued as we grew up. In 2004, I married Roy and moved the herd to the current location in Pine City, MN, which was my grandparents farm. We maintain a medium size show herd of about 30 head. Our herd has been on DHI testing (taking a break in 2012-2014 and again in 2018) but we did do a one day milking competition in 2013. Recent Linear Appraisal has been done July 2010, June 2013, August 2014, July 2016 and June 2018.
My mother, Linda Libra, owns Marshland Dairy Goats (LaManchas & Nubians), my sister, Kerry Post, has her new herdname in 2013 as Post Exotics (Alpines) while her daughter, Kayla, took over the Exit 201 (Alpine & Grade Lamanchas) and I have Marshland Toggenburgs. We have had nearly every breed of dairy goats on our farm. Toggenburgs are my favorite. Technically, we have three Nubians and one Oberhasli in the herd, which is too many for me, but Levi, our son was given a Nubian (and later the Ober) from grandma and of course it had to have doe kids.
In 2018, I earned my lifetime ADGA membership to join the ranks of my mother and sister. Levi and my niece, Kayla, also are ADGA members.
We attend 5-10 ADGA sanctioned shows a year. Often times the family meets up at a show. At the Washington County Fair, we have exhibited 70 goats in the family show string.
We have attended three National Shows recently (2013, 2014, 2017), otherwise our previous National shows only had a couple animals exhibited. (1998, 1991, 1989). We plan to attend the 2020 National Show in Nebraska.
Washington County Fair 2013 Best Senior Doe in ShowCH Marshland OOHP Legacy
Our recent highlights include:
Premier Toggenburg Exhibitor and Runner-up Toggenburg Breeder at the 2010 Iowa State Fair.
2010-2013 Premier Sire at MN State Fair with CH One*Oak*Hill R Mr Punto. (Now owned by Poplar Hill)
2011 & 2012 Premier Exhibitor at MN State Fair
2012 Reserve Jr. Champion at WI State Fair
2012 MN State Fair- Jr. and Sr. Champion Toggenburg
2013 ADGA National Show - 1st place Sr Yrlg-Marshland LMR Star Watch, Marshland Regal/J Starbuck-1st place Sr. Get (owned by Anna Thompson-Hajdik) and CH One*Oak*Hill R Mr Punto (owned by Poplar Hill) was Premier Sire; All 11 animals placed in the top 20- ten in the top 10.
2013- MN & Kansas State Fair GCH Jr. Toggenburg
2014- ADGA National Show - 2nd place Sr. Get of Sire
MN State Fair - RCH Jr. Doe
2015-MN State Fair- GCH Jr. Doe
2016-GCH/RCH Junior, RCH & BOB Senior & Best Sr. Doe in Show Kansas State Fair
Last updated: December 13, 2018