Our herd is carefully managed to the best of our ability to ensure healthy, productive and happy animals. We spend countless hours with them observing their natural behaviors so that we will notice when one is not feeling well and be able to act quickly to provide necessary medical and supportive care. Our herd is cared for by Battenkill Bovine Veterinary practice in Greenwich NY. The goal of our breeding program is to bring improvement to the breed and to our herd. We strive to raise high quality happy animals with excellent conformation that will excel in the show ring and in the milk room.
Every month each animal gets a check up where their hooves are trimmed, FAMACHA is checked and their body condition is scored. All animals are assessed for signs of copper deficiency and are given copper boluses as needed. All animals have a health record that is updated as needed and follows the animal to their new home if sold, including all of our kids. Fecal samples are sent twice a year and as needed to manage illness and internal parasites, animals are dewormed only when necessary to help prevent parasite resistance.
Our pregnant or milking does are fed a mixture of Blue Seal Sunshine plus pellets, Blue Seal EZ pels, oats and black oil sunflower seeds on the milk stand twice daily. All of our girls have hay, fresh water, Sweelix Meat Maker loose minerals, Zinpro 40 and North Atlantic Kelp available to them at all times.
During breeding season our bucks are fed a mixture of Blue Seal dairy goat grain, timothy hay pellets and rolled oats. The buck's grain contains ammonium chloride which is an essential ingredient to help prevent and/or help break up urinary crystals which could form and cause a blockage, which is a medical emergency. Our bucks have hay, fresh water, Sweetlix Meat Maker loose minerals and Zinpro 40 available to them at all times.
Our doeling Bo and her brother JD, a couple of our 2020 kids out of our doe Obi.
Our farm is an ADGA Performance herd that participates in DHIR and linear appraisal. Our herd is on standard test through Dairy One and participates monthly milk testing which can earn bucks and does recognition and awards based on their production or in the buck's case, his daughter's production. The farm applied for linear appraisal in 2021 but unfortunately did not get a stop, we'll try again in 2022!