We breed for
well conformed animals that show and milk!
Our goats are
cared for with strict health and management in mind.
Their living area is kept clean to avoid any type of
bacterial growth, mites, lice, etc. Each goat gets
special attention each day by brushing, hugging,
massaging and just talking to them (sometimes they get
We spend time
each day giving individual attention to each goat, and
just watching them, which is a good way to know what
your goats normal daily behavior is. Knowing what their
normal routine is will allow you to notice any health
issues before they become a problem.
Drinking water is very
important, as their urinary tract health and milk
production are dependent on large amounts of water
intake; therefore, our goats get a fresh supply of water
twice daily (3 times a day in the winter). We have
noticed that even on hot, summer days, the goats prefer
'cool' water versus the very cold, right out of the
faucet cold. During the winter months or cold days, we
offer "hot" water. We offer our entire herd free choice,
year round, North American
Kelp (available at Blue Seal Feed Stores), Sweetlix
loose minerals, and sodium bicarbonate to help prevent
acidosis and keep the rumen working comfortably.
Our current kid
rearing method is a combination of dam raising /
bottle-feeding that works well at socializing kids yet
allows them to be raised by their dam, ensuring a strong
We keep a
detailed record with dates as to when each vaccination,
copper bolus, hoof trimming, or supplementation was
given. Generally, I will enter and highlight the next
date a shot, hoof trimming or copper bolus is needed.
This allows us to keep accurate, up to date records on
each herd member. When an animal leaves our herd this
medical record accompanies them to their new home.
appears to be a problem for goats in New England. You
will see coat color fading (black to rust or gold to
pale or white), bare spots around the eyes or tail tip,
rough coat, hair loss and other symptoms. We are
currently supplementing with copper bolusing and have
already seen great results.
I have had animals show
evidence of a need for a bit more zinc; observing flaky,
scurfy skin, like a bad case of dandruff. This condition
has responded to addition of zinc to the diet using a
supplement designed for horses called ZinPro,
which contains Vitamin E, Biotin, and Zinc. Immediate
results have been noted.