About Our Goats
Like many other herds, ours started as a 4-H project. In 2009 after a year and a half of leasing and showing a dairy cow, I was looking for a larger animal that I would own, breed and raise on my own terms. Then in spring of 2009 we had a friend who was looking for a companion for her goat and soon after we purchased our first Nubian, Lakeridge Farm Harriet who became the foundation of my Nubian herd. From there, I began showing at the 4-H level. Soon after I was able to work with other 4-Her's Saanens and fell in love with their laid back personality of the breed, so in August of 2011 we purchased an unregistered Saanen kid from a small, backyard herd and registered her under native on appearance. After our move to Harwinton, CT in 2017 we placed a reservation on our first LaMancha to start a small, side project with our foundation doe Goat-San Lemon Verbena.
Our goal is to produce hardy, structurally correct and productive animals while keeping limited numbers. We focused the first several years solely on structure to build a solid foundation before putting any emphasis on milk. While we are still very structure focused we are putting much more focus on production when choosing bucks. Naturally through breeding to perfect structure, we have seen a drastic increase in milk production and hope to see even more results with our incoming herd sires over the next few years.
We spend a lot of time managing our herd to work at their potential. While we want animals that do not need to be 'babied' to be hard workers, but we still do our share to make sure their psychical needs are met. We feed our does a basic 18% textured grain. Our bucks receive a medicated grain year round that contains ammonium chloride and has a ratio of 2:1 calcium to phosphorous to avoid urinary calculi. Everyone is fed a local, second-cutting grass hay along with access to pasture and browsing during the day. They have access to minerals and fresh, clean water at all times. Our herd is vaccinated with Vision CD&T vaccine and receive copper and selenium supplements one to two times a year.
We breed our goats to kid January to April of each year. We attend all kiddings and remove the kids at birth and feed them heat treated colostrum and pasteurized milk from birth. We raise our herd on traditional prevention program to ensure we remain a Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis free herd. All kids are given nutrient rich supplements from birth until they are 3 days old to help supplement anything lost in the heat treating process. Our kids are raised on a coccidia prevention program. Having limited numbers means out kids get lots of individual attention daily and are extremely friendly. Our kids to leave at about four weeks of age in agreement that they will be on bottles until a minimum of eight to twelve weeks of age. Please view our "Goats for Sale" page for more information on our breeding plans, kidding schedules and available kids.
We are currently an ADGA Plus herd having participated in linear appraisal since 2014 and DHIR milk test since 2017 so we can have structural and production records for us to use and to give potential buyers as much information on our animals as possible. We also test out entire herd for G-6-S to confirm our entire herd is normal, typed Alpha S1 Casein and DNA tested so most, if not all kids can be parent verified.
We try to attend as many shows a year as possible and National Shows whenever possible to evaluate our herd to other herds throughout the region and country. Our does have done incredibly well and improve every year earning many grand champion and best in show awards. Our does have also been quite competitive on the national level at National Shows and in All American competitions.
We maintain a small herd so animal availability can be limited. We take a limited number of buck reservations on all of our does and highly encourage to place a reservation in advance for a discounted rate. We offer shipping out of Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT but will use ground transport if the buyer prefers depending on what options are available. Please refer to our "Goats for Sale" page to read over our sales and shipping policies before contacting us about placing a reservation or inquiring about available kids.
Thank you so much for reading about our dairy goat herd! We put a lot of time and dedication into all of our animals and hope you can see that. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Proud Member of:
American Dairy Goat Association
American LaMancha Breeders Association
International Nubian Breeders Association
National Saanen Breeders Association
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