About Our Herd
We strive to breed quality animals for milking, show, 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, but will also be bottle trained in order to accommodate monthly milk testing. 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 tested negative annually for CAE, CL and Johne's disease using Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab (WADDL). Our last negative tests were performed in October/November 2015. Documentation is available upon request.
Why We Breed
We breed for the milk! Like humans, goats must give birth in order to lactate. After taking a break from milking in the winter, goats are often "freshened" the following year in order to refresh their milk supply. Because we are a smaller homestead and have space limitations that prevent us from having a large herd or standard-sized animals, we purchased 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. 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.