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An Overview of Our Kids and Kid Raising
(Look for lots more photos in the Photo section under KIDS-2014. 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 kids have their own page.)
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 Johnnes disease. I'm proud to say they've always been tested negative. 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, we test for brucellosis, Q fever, etc.becauseourherd ismanagedwheretheseareverylow-riskdiseases.Newanimalsaretestedbeforearriving. (We believe it We also vaccinate for CD/T.
Our herd is completely G6S Normal. We tested our entire herd in 2012 and are relieved to know none of our goats carry this genetic defect. New animals are tested as they come into the herd.
Our kids are handled multiple times a day. With bottle feeding - it's easy to learn individual personalities. We pride ourselves on raising kids with good temperments and winning personalities.
While kids are fed milk for a base diet, they're also exposed to alfalfa hay, grass, weeds, leaves and any other roughage we can find. They have limited access to sweet feed, pellets, whole oats and other grains to encourage rumen development. Doelings and bucklings are fed milk until they are six months old - or they start biting the nipple on the bottle into two pieces. At peak they'll be drinking three quarts of milk apiece every day. We strongly believe that providing good nutrition early leads to sturdy milkers and longevity. You generally don't find skinny goats at Harner Farm.
All kids are eligible for ADGA registration and papers are available.
No goats are available for sale at this time. I'm taking reservations for 2020.
Our goats are important to us. While we recognize that we can’t keep them all,
we also want them to be a good fit with your herd and to meet your goals. We
don’t just sell our goats; we place them. If we don’t think a particular goat
is a good fit with your operation, we reserve the right not to sell.
Doelings start at $350. Bucklings start at $325. Wethers start at $50. Most of the does already have their milk star, so their daughters are eligible for a second star - in some cases a third star - if you decide to test.
I don't take deposits for kids, but if you're interested, I will behappy 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.
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 may have one available or will work with you to find onefrom aclean,testedherd.
- We are currently offering goat shares. A goat share is partial
ownership of a particular doe. As an owner, you are entitled to a share
of her milk. The doe remains
on our farm and we milk her and care for her as a part of our herd. You
then receive your share of the milk, cheese, or other dairy products she
produces (your choice) and pay us for taking care of your portion of
our herd, plus feed, medications, etc. This
arrangement is the ONLY legal method for you to obtain raw
(unpasteurized) milk and milk products for human consumption under
North Dakota state law. Please call or email to receive more information, including our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
MILK for non-human consumption - When
available, we sell fresh, raw goat milk for non-human consumption. It's
a great supplement if you have newborn kittens, puppies, lambs or other
creatures. Feeding your pigs milk makes for a very special type of pork.
Or use the milk for soapmaking and other crafts.
WHEY is a by-product of my home cheesemaking operation. It's wonderful for
giving to your chickens as a calcium source. Adding it around your
tomato plants will reduce blossom end rot which can be caused by a lack
of calcium. I also pour it around pumpkins for a stronger plant. Again,
it's wonderful for pigs and other animals.
GUINEAS & GUINEA EGGS
- At times, I'll have adult guineas, keets (baby guineas) and guinea
eggs available to sell for you to incubate or hatch under a setting hen.
Guineas are seasonal layers, so egg production usually begins in late
April or early May and ends in September. Just ask. I would anticipate having keets available starting in late July, 2019.
Eggs for hatching should be available by May, depending on weather conditions.