Aja-Sammati Farm

 Dairy Goats 

About Our Herd

Goat Harmony

In Sanskrit, 'aja' means goat, but is also  use to mean a driver, instigator, and leader; 'sammati' means  sameness of opinion, harmony, agreement, approval and also  affection, love, and respect. Aja-Sammati was derived to mean Goat Harmony- and the multiple meanings embody who and what we strive to be! We strive to breed strong, yet elegant & dairy, long-lived dairy goats with endearing personalities that are able to thrive as 'backyard' milkers with long, level lactations, as well as perform in the show ring. We believe that correct structure and udder quality make a good working & showing animal. We strive to use all the tools at our disposal, such as DHIR, Linear Appraisal & showing to improve our herd.

We also strive to move the standards of performance and structure of our breeds forward while understanding the importance of the history of the milk goat and the breeders that have gone before. We strive to treat all breeders and owners with respect and strive to have integrity and good ethics in all of our dealings- and we expect all other dairy goat owners and breeders to do the same.

Herd Performance

We started using linear appraisal to help us meet our herd goals in 2006. We believe this program has a very positive impact on our herd. We encourage others to use linear appraisal, and we are a host herd every year in order to help others appraise. Financial woes kept us off the appraisal schedule for 2 years, but we are now back in action! Our 2016 appraisal was once again an educational experience- highlights include:

  • SG Blissberry M Martina 90 VEVE at 5 yo
  • Aja-Sammati Beer & Skittles 89 VEEE at 5 yo
  • Aja-Sammati Disco 90 EVEE at 3 yo
  • Aja-Sammati Marzipan 89 VEEV at 3 yo
     
In addition to adding SG Blissberry M Martina this year, we also added:


We also were very happy to know that Aja-Sammati does and progeny are doing well in other herds:


2007 was our first year on DHIR. We have been richly rewarded for participating in this herd improvement program: several does have earned the Superior Genetics designation from ADGA, and many does have earned their milk stars. Unfortunately we had to take a break from this excellent program for a couple of years, but we looking forward to pouring over milk records again next year!

Herd Health

Healthy goats are the backbone of our herd, and health begins with good basic care! We feed our goats free choice alfalfa and quality grass or wheat hay. Milkers, bucks during breeding season and first freshening doelings are fed a mixture of crushed oats, barley, corn and rice bran pellets. The goats have free access to baking soda and minerals. Fresh water is available at all times. Hooves are trimmed as needed. The herd is dewormed using fecal egg counts to determine need and type of product to use. All goats receive Bo-Se injections 2-3 times a year. An initial series of three CD&T injections are given to all kids, followed by an annual booster. 

     Kids are raised on CAE prevention. All births are attended, with babies being removed and raised on heat treated colostrum and pasteurized milk. Babies are bottle fed individually until at least a week of age, then are fed by lambar until they wean themselves, or around 3-4 months of age. We like to freshen does as yearlings, but those that grow more slowly are given extra time to develop before breeding. Kids are also on a coccidia prevention program until weaning, as well as a routine deworming schedule.

     All animals are tested annually for CAEV. We have never had CL in our herd, and all animals we have tested are CL negative. We like to be transparent with our customers, so we are now listing all CAE & CL test results on this page.

     Milking is conducted in the most sanitary method possible to prevent the development or spread of mastitis in our herd.


Thank you!

A big thank you to Richard & Cynthia Moore of C/REM Purebred Nubians- without your help and support we never would have gotten such a great group of girls. You were in the right place when we were looking to purchase a new herd, and we are eternally grateful for all you have done for us!

We hope that you enjoy looking at our animals. 


We wouldn't have the success in dairy goats we enjoy without the friendship of good goat people like Janet Cooper of 2-G Farm and our goat mentor on the West Coast. There are many more- unnamed, but never unloved or unappreciated! 


We welcome your questions and input! We welcome visitors if you are in the neighborhood. Please click this Contact us link for more information.