Growing up, I don't even remember petting a goat! I have always had the mentality that I would love goats but growing up in the suburbs did not give me the option to have them. I pursued a nursing career, met my husband, we bought a farm and the rest.. well.. it's all about goats, of course! When my husband and I bought our first goats in March 2018, we discovered just how much we truly love them! We had no desire to breed them until one day we heard a funny noise coming from the goat barn... SURPRISE!! Two healthy kids... who brought these cuties here?! (Kidding of course!) We had no idea that three out of four of our does were bred! This is when I started looking into registered goats & discovering the complexity of goat conformation & what to look for! WOW, it's A LOT to know! Especially learning how to keep them healthy & what to do in case they're ever under the weather. I don't think a day goes by without learning something new about these little guys, but I wouldn't change it for the world!!
Our Nigerian Dwarf goats are all registered with the ADGA. They are very friendly, love attention and expect TLC as well as plenty of scratches! The entire herd was last tested in December 2020 for CAE, CL & Johne's with all negative results by UBRL, an accredited laboratory. Every day, the herd has access to free choice loose mineral, baking soda and sometimes powdered kelp & yeast. When we feed grain, we give the kids a goat starter for the higher protein content as well as the added ammonium chloride for urinary health & our milking does get a specialized lactating grain. Our goats also receive orchard blend grass hay as well as alfalfa hay. We vaccinate with CD&T annually, which is approximately one month prior to kidding. These ladies & gents are well taken care of and WOW are they extremely fussy eaters! I am sure you have heard of the phrase 'goats will eat anything', right? Totally incorrect.. goats will TASTE everything, but they will not actually eat everything!
Spring 2020 was the start of my first DHI milk testing. It was quite the learning curve, the data was fascinating to dive into and seeing what these ladies can do! Luckily, most ladies did earn their milk stars. I dried my herd off a little early (November) so I could prep them for an earlier kidding season 2021. Hoping we can get some AR's on most of the ladies and see how their overall production changes as they get further into lactation!
August 2020 was the first sanctioned show we attended and our buck SG Castle Rock Brash Ice +*B won Grand Champion! I was hoping we could attend more shows, but most were cancelled due to covid.
2021, Castle Rock Elsie 5*M earned her permanent championship! (still pending in ADGA's system) she will be GHC Castle Rock Elsie 5*M
Also, Body-Shops LB Nutmeg earned her Junior Grand Champion leg at 3.5 months old, wow!!
We will continue with Linear Appraisal annually, hoping it will be continued for 2021 (fingers crossed!)
My passion is goats!
If you are interested in spring kids, click on our kidding schedule at the top.
All photos are mine, unless they're credited to another farm. If you'd like to use any of my pictures, you'd need to ask permission.
UPDATE: Summer 2020 we put up an Accu-Steel Fabric Covered Building for our little ladies, scroll down to see photos of our building progress from start to finish :)
Looking for worm/dewormer information? Goats metabolize dewormers twice as fast as sheep, so you cannot dose a goat based on the instructions off of a dewormer bottle. This an excellent resource for worms/dewormers:
Here's the goat dewormer dosage chart on that website:
How to get a dam raised kid on a bottle & how I get kids started with the hybrid method? Here is an excellent video from a Better Way Farm:
Other fun resources: