"Animals are more than ever a test of our character, of mankind's capacity for empathy and for decent, honorable conduct and faithful stewardship. We are called to treat them with kindness..." - Matthew Scully
They say it costs just as much to care for a good goat as it does a bad one, but the truth is it usually costs less to care for a good one. Factor in feed costs, supplements, medication and vet bills- healthy well bred stock that are cared for properly often incur far less medical expense and utilize feed better. Our focus is a hardy homestead milker that also adheres to breed standard. We want them to not only look correct, but produce well and thrive on a basic management routine.
We are a small family farm, not a large commercial operation. We absolutely love our goats and they are the backbone of our homestead, however we raise animals for a reason and not just for fun. My does provide our family with fresh milk that we drink and cook with as well as make cheese, soaps, lotion, cajeta, kefir, etc Buck kids are primarily raised for the freezer- a delicious and nutritious meat.
The doe herd has a large open barn to allow air flow but still provide shelter from the weather. While they can be contained into a small yard around the barn, their gate is usually open allowing them to roam and graze. They have free choice grass hay and minerals all year long. Does are fed alfalfa pellets. Milking does receive a dairy ration on the stand.
I do not vaccinate for anything. I worm only as needed based on FAMACHA and fecals. I use deccox for coccidiosis prevention and di-methox for treatment.
Hooves are trimmed every six weeks, more often if an individual needs it. All of our goats are disbudded with the exception of freezer bound buck kids.
Our kids are a mix of bottle and dam raised, depending on the situation. Retained doe kids are usually bottle raised. Buck kids are left on their dam to be raised for the freezer.
I wean kids at four months old. Growing kids are fed alfalfa pellets, loose minerals, and hay.
The herd is tested yearly for CAE. I have never had any signs of Johnes or CL and so do not test for these things yearly. Nubians will be G6S tested with results listed on their page. We are working on having all animals tested for alpha s1 casein.
Buck kids are primarily raised for the freezer and so are seldom sold. If you are interested in a buck as a future herdsire then contact me and I will keep you in mind during kidding season. I will not sell a buck that I do not think is breeding quality.