We are a small family farm, not a large commercial operation. I select my goats not only for conformation but for a hardiness and the ability to thrive on a simple routine. 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 access to graze in a fenced section of woods. They have free choice grass hay, alfalfa pellets, and minerals all year long. 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 in bottles for coccidiosis prevention and di-methox for treatment.
Hooves are trimmed every six weeks, more often if an individual needs it.
I disbud and tattoo all doe kids born here.
Buck kids are often dam raised while doe kids are bottle raised. I wean at four months old.
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.