Our Kids and Kid
If at all possible - we're present for every birth. Once Mom gets to give a quick lick, the kids are removed, given their mother's colostrum, and from then on hand-raised with raw goat's milk - the same wonderful liquid we like to drink ourselves. They're exposed to grain and hay as well. As soon as the kids are tattooed and disbudded (removing horns), they're able to go to their new homes. This is at 7-10 days of age.
Our herd is
tested annually for CAE and Johnes disease to maintain a negative herd. We used
to test for CL and have never had an abscess - but after studying the issue,
we've decided to vaccinate for CL as a preventative measure. On a rotating
basis, and as a cross-check, we test for brucellosis, Q fever, etc. because our
herd is managed where these are very low-risk diseases. New animals are tested
before arriving. We also vaccinate for CD/T.
Our herd is G6S Normal. We tested our entire herd in 2012 and are relieved to know none of our does carry this genetic defect.
In addition, we've casein-tested our herd so we know the type of casein milk each doe produces.
kids are handled multiple times a day. With bottle feeding - it's easy to learn
individual personalities. We pride ourselves on raising good quality kids with
great temperaments and winning personalities.
All kids are eligible for ADGA registration and papers are available.
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Bo was born twin to another, larger buckling, Cash. As the smallest kid of five in a yard, he quickly learned to push his way to the front. It took awhile before Bo settled down and developed the more placid temperment we want to see in a buck.
The front assembly on this kid is simply amazing. I could watch him move for hours. He's strong and sturdy.
A full sister from this breeding last year kidded as barely a yearling and managed to produce a 9.8 pound buckling without assistance. She freshened with a lovely udder and plenty of milk. I'm confident Bo will help improve a herd.
Bo over top.
Look at the
and how his
over the back
Photo taken June 7, 2019.
I don't take deposits for kids, but if you're interested, I will be
happy to put you on a waiting list and notify you when the kids are born. Let
me know why you want a goat (for milk, show, etc. and I'll help match you with
the baby who meets your needs. Doelings start at $350. Bucklings start at $350.
Wethers start at $50. Most of the does already have their milk star, so
their daughters are eligible for a second star if you decide to test.
Remember - goats are herd animals. You really need two or more for happy goats OR have some other animals to be part of their herd. A single goat is an unhappy goat and unhappy goats make their owners unhappy, too. If you would like to purchase a wether as a companion for a 4-H doeling, we should have some available.