If you've never had goats before but would like to learn more, please request Goats 101 via our contact form. It's my abbreviated version of “the most important things we’ve learned over the last 10 years” and will help you understand the commitment involved (and if you’re ready for it), and how to prepare for welcoming home goats (there's a lot to do). It's an easily e-mailable 10-page .pdf complete with photos and links.
SWEET GOAT FARM
We were bitten by the goat bug in fall of 2009 after reading Brad Kessler's "Goat Song," a lovely memoir about buying an old farm in Vermont, starting a small dairy goat herd, and experimenting with cheese-making. In January of 2010 we purchased 2 pregnant Nigerian Dwarf does who gave birth in the spring to 6 healthy kids.
10 kidding seasons later, and after adding a variety of adult goats to our herd from other New England breeders, our winter herd number is typically around 35 animals, with up to 40 babies born each spring.
Nigerian Dwarfs are a dwarf dairy breed (2-5 lbs. at birth and 50-90 lbs. full-grown), gentle with a sweet disposition. Much like dogs, they have distinct personalities and unique voices. They have a pecking order, and families form a tight bond. We often catch grandmothers, daughters, and granddaughters napping together in the sun.
Animal husbandry is not for the lazy or faint of heart. We work hard to keep our animals healthy and happy. Besides grassy hay, grain, lots of fresh water, and frequent stall cleanings, our goats also need complicated mineral supplementation, protection or treatment from parasites, regular hoof trimming, and dietary supplements and medicines. Contrary to popular belief, goats aren’t effortless to keep and they won’t eat anything. Our learning curve was steep, but we’re happy to share our knowledge with thers who are interested in becoming goat keepers. One word of advice: don’t get into goats unless you have ample time, energy, physical strength, and money.
Kidding season is exhilarating but also nerve-wracking. Since Nigerians typically carry multiples, humans must often assist in getting the babies out of their birth sacs, dried off and warm, and suckling. On occasion the does can't cope with all the babies at once and without help, the babies can die. We run 5 barn cameras 24/7, 365 days/year so we know what’s going on in the barn. We intentionally attend every birth (no matter the hour) and assist if needed. During kidding season the cameras (with audio) are essential for hearing when a doe is in active labor. We hand-breed our does so we know their due dates (goats have a 5-month gestation), but the birth window is 10 days, so the timing of the actual births is mother nature’s surprise.
We have kids available for sale each spring/summer and often juvenile goats or milking does or Moms with babies. If you're interested, please see the details below. Goats are herd animals and we will only sell them in pairs (or more) unless they're going to a home that already has miniature goats.
FOR SALE Details
We began our herd in 2010 with two bred does from 5 Acre Farm and as the herd grew, we added other foundation does and breeding bucks from Goldenbrook Farm, Rosasharn Farm, Old Mountain Farm, Sugar Moon Farm, Kyeema’s Ridge Farm, and Dragonfly Farm.
Most of our animals are dual-registered with ADGA and AGS, and in the summer of 2018 we participated for the first time in ADGA’s Linear Appraisal Performance Program. That information helped us decide which adult does to keep and which to send on to new farms. With each passing year we better understand the body style and characteristics we strive to achieve in our herd. We never seem to have enough time to show (we both work off-farm jobs to earn a living), but we’re hopeful that might change in 2020. We hope to include DHIR milk test in the future, to further prove the dairy character and strength of our animals.
If you're interested in healthy animals from excellent milking lines, whether you’re a hobbyist, homesteader, 4-H family, or someone interested in breeding and showing, please contact us to discuss the options. All our goats are disbudded or polled.
50% deposit required to reserve an animal. Cash, check, PayPal, or Venmo accepted. Balance due when picking up the animal. No animal will leave here with a “balance due.”
|All bucklings born to First Fresheners (FF) will be neutered and sold as wethers for $250 each. Doelings born to FF will be $350.|
|All kids sired by Dragonfly or Old Mountain Farm bucks and Heaven's kids will be $400-$750.|
|Does with an * were ADGA Linear Appraised in August 2018 and their scores are noted below in ( ).|
Patsy's, Cora's, and Sylvia's doelings (if any are born) will likely be retained.