Home of des Ruhigestelle Saanens**
Lauren Acton and
Last updated April 7, 2019
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** After 50 years, it’s time for a new look. In April 2013, ADGA informed me that
I could no longer use the ‘des Ruhigestelle’ herdname. As a historic herdname, it cannot be transferred from Fern, even to me. After exploring legal options, we found that it would not be allowed to continue as a living legacy to Fern. So, the decision was made to simply move forward. The Saanens will continue as Tempo Passa, taken from Fern’s family motto, meaning ‘time passes.’ All else will remain the same, as the Saanens previously had been under my management for the last 25 years. So, the same breeding program and quality goals will continue, just under the Tempo name.
HELLO AND WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE- It’s pretty plain, and we don’t have links or buttons. Quite frankly, I’d rather spend my time upgrading our genetics and facilities than upgrading our technology. We have been breeding dairy goats for over 50 years, and our goals are fairly simple- breed the soundest, highest production dairy goats, with the most reliable consistency we can produce, all the while keeping them healthy, happy, and well cared for. So, while the goats are ‘modern’ dairy type, this isn’t a 'modern' website so much as just lists of our breeding herds (and some other fun stuff too!). All of the information is official, and verified with ADGA. Instead of buttons and links and pictures of babies, here you'll find lots of real records and as much information as will fit on a page. To view our herd lists, click on the ‘download herd list’ at top. Be sure to also download the Breeding and Price list, with our terms and conditions.
I am MUCH easier to contact by email than any other method.
myname (at) herdname (dot) com (Change myname to lauren and herdname to ruhigestelle. Automatic e-mail address sniffers and hackers are getting more sophisticated these days!)
I try to answer emails within a day or two unless I am on the road. Please remember this site is about our goats and not a place to ask veterinary questions. If you must call, please remember that I am NOT a morning person, so please DO NOT call before 10 am. I am frequently not around a phone during ‘normal’ calling hours, and do most of my correspondence at night. Thus, it may take me several days to answer a phone call. Sorry, our home phone does not have caller ID or texting capabilities, and I do not carry a cell phone at home.
The year is winding down and it’s time to reflect and give thanks for the friendship and help of everyone. Time for a lot of catchup, and some non-goat activities! This has been a year of highs and lows for us. We started on a low, perhaps the lowest I have been in years. To finally have Freehand fresh again, and then lose her a month later was devastating. I was ready to stay home the entire year. But, we have some pretty exciting young does, and a lot of support from fellow exhibitors, so I crawled out of my dark hole and began moving forward again. I was once again reminded that a herd doesn’t depend on just one doe, no matter how special she is.
The club shows were more fun this year due to the wonderful fellow exhibitors that made it all worth while. With Nationals being early, we cut our season short by one show, but still went to 5 shows in 5 straight weekends. With Saanens and Alpines showing on the same day, I had decided against going to Nationals. But, after seeing the Saanens on the tieline at the D7 Saanen Specialty, I was rather forcibly told those does needed to go! With the longer haul this year I changed tactics a bit. I took only younger Tempo does, rather than our well known older des Ruhigestelle champions. And fewer than normal, so handmilking was an option. In the end, I had 5 Saanens and four Alpines, plus a Tempo Saanen yearling owned by Melanie Fergason and three Toggs owned by Tracey Jones. And a few junior does for the raffle and Colorama Sale. My husband John helped drive out, and Melanie and Tracey met us in Ohio. Add in a host of friends too numerous to name, and we were unloaded and set up quickly and had a great time during the week. Trips like this aren’t possible without a great and reliable crew at home. Employees Jewel, Shelby, Emma, Nora and Alyssa did chores and held down the fort for nearly three weeks! I chose to show the Alpines, and let the ‘team’ do all the Saanens. Special thanks to Tracey, Melanie, Linda, and Cindy and all those who stepped up when we needed help in the ring. Despite knowing they were in great hands, it was very difficult to not be able to see the Saanen show, or even the livestream. A huge reason for the effort and expense of taking animals to Nationals is the joy of presenting them, and it was hard to give that up. Still, I am proud of Elentera and Jacquie, both young does that were able to shine and bring home the Reserve Champions in their breeds. And a special highlight for me was that all of the major Saanen awards except Reserve Junior Champion were won by does sired by our bucks! Congratulations everyone!
While the entire herd arguably looks the best it has for years, I am especially proud of our younger does this year. We finished championships on 8 does. The Saanens included Euterpe, Winfinder and Elentavi. Alpines were Spindle, Euphoria, Jacquie, and Steppin’. And though we only show a few, we even finished a LaMancha this year. Silhe is a 2 year old on an extended first lactation and stood up to the tough Northwest competition.
We only show two major fairs, the Oregon and Washington State fairs. Both shows are known for their outstanding competition. Thus, we were quite pleased to bring home BOB/BUOB in both Alpines and Saanens at both fairs, with different goats at each one! Winning Supreme Breeder’s Trio at Oregon State with Alpines was a special treat as well.
That led us to the long haul to convention. Many thanks to Cindy Silva for once again partnering on the trip. It was so good to do another road trip together! Thank you and congratulations to Christina Anderson on her winning bid for our Spotlight Sale Alpine buck, Kevlar. It is always a relief when they go somewhere they will be well cared for and used.
We have slightly changed our focus on production as we continue in the dairy industry. We are now looking for solid, consistent production rather than extreme lactations. For us, a doe that can repeatedly milk 3,400-4,000 lbs, has a flat lactation curve, and is willing to milk extended lactations is more valuable than a single 5,000 lb record or a 20 lb high day followed by 6 lbs at 270 days. Also, since we are a cheese dairy, components are very important to us. So, we now look for does that can produce 20,000 lbs in 6-7 years of production, and maintain good components and a low SCC while doing that. The great thing about breeding dairy goats is there is always something new to look for!
Most important, we simply enjoy our goats. I strongly believe in “coffee management”-
that is simply taking the time to just watch the goats do goat things. If everyone took the length of time it takes
to drink a cup of coffee (or tea, or wine, or whatever…) doing nothing but
watching their goats every day, my work as a veterinarian would diminish greatly!! While we love our goats and their
achievements, we do have other interests, and especially enjoy the wonderful
outdoor recreation of the
We enjoy visitors, but ask that you call ahead to make sure we home. Please do not wear clothing or shoes that have been in other barns, including your own, and our guardian dogs request that you do not bring other pets. The coffee is always on, in fact I think I’ll take a cup out to the barn right now…
Lauren & John