Alexis was born on March 7, 2015, and is one of the few goats in the herd that was not born at Stepladder. She and her sister Regina were brought to the ranch by Jack and Michelle in the early days of the creamery when there were only a few goats in the herd and the creamery was only a fledgling idea.
Much like the herd, the creamery has grown year by year and many changes have been made, but Alexis has remained a constant and beloved feature on the ranch.
Unlike her sassy sister, who is generally thought of by the staff to be a goat version of Regina George from the movie Mean Girls, Alexis is very gentle, quiet, and mild mannered.
She is friendly toward her human companions, and will generally meander over to us and ask for a quick scratch or gently lean on in quiet camaraderie. While she won’t shy from a fight and definitely has a high ranking in the herd, she is not one to seek out a fight with her fellow goats and seems to prefer a peaceful stroll or good sunbath in the pasture.
She is a milking staff favorite because she is a great milker, an easy keeper, and a stoic patient. While most does reach their peak milk production at 3 or 4 years old and then produce less milk every subsequent year, even at over 6.5 years old she produces over a gallon of milk per day on average. She usually has big, healthy kids and is an attentive mom who is generally in excellent health.
The one exception to this is when she had a small wound on the top of her head two years ago that required daily treatment. We were blown away by her accommodating spirit when she stood patiently and allowed us to clean, treat, and dress her wound every morning without complaint.
While this may not seem like much of an accomplishment to everyone, for anyone who has tried to work with a strong, stubborn goat who doesn’t want to be messed with, Alexis’ stoicism is a blessing worth celebrating!
We love her dearly and can’t wait to see what the future holds for this lovely lady!