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. Our 2017 appraisal was once again an educational experience- highlights include:
- SG Blissberry M Martina 92 EEEE at 6 yo
- Aja-Sammati Disco 91 EVEE at 4 yo
- Aja-Sammati Marzipan 90 EEEV at 4 yo
- Graffiti Marvin 89 V+EE at 2 yo (FF)
- Graffiti Lucky Punch 88 E+VV at 2 yo (FF)
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.
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!
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