About Our Herd
We strive to breed quality animals for milking and as friendly additions to the barnyard family. Our goats are registered with the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) and American Goat Society (AGS). They are well socialized by lots of human interaction - we love them! Our kids are dam raised when possible as we feel that the bonds formed between family members adds to the quality of life here on our homestead. We find that our kids are well-socialized because we spend time with them, and they associate us with affection as well as with food.
Testing for Disease
Our herd has regularly tested negative for CAE, CL and Johne's disease. Our last negative tests were performed prior to breeding in August, 2017. Documentation is available upon request.
Why We Breed
We breed for the milk! Like humans, goats must give birth in order to lactate. Goats are often "freshened" each year in order to refresh their milk supply. We normally breed every other year and milk through the second year as we found this provides us with the milk we need. Because of this we only have kids for sale every other year.
We purchased our first two Nigerian Dwarf does from high quality, proven stock in order to raise productive home milkers to supply our home with incredibly rich milk, cheese and soap. We've bred with outstanding herd sires. In order to feel that we're making informed choices and producing quality animals, we've spent as much time as we can at mentor farms learning about goat husbandry and dairy goat conformation, as well as participating in performance programs offered by ADGA and AGS. In order to inform our breeding choices, we participated in Linear Appraisal (LA) in 2014 and 2015.