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. We are able to act quickly to provide necessary medical and supportive care. The goal of our breeding program is to raise high quality animals with excellent conformation that excel in the show ring and in the milk room.
Our does are fed a mixture of Blue Seal Sunshine plus pellets, Blue Seal dairy goat pellets, barley and black oil sunflower seeds on the milking stand twice daily. Our does also have Sweelix Meat Maker loose minerals and North Atlantic Kelp available at all times. Clean, dry hay and fresh water provided at all times.
During breeding season our bucks are fed a mixture of Blue Seal dairy goat grain, timothy hay pellets, rolled oats. Their 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. Our bucks also have Sweetlix Meat Maker loose mineral available at all times. Clean, dry Hay and fresh water provided at all times.
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 only dewormed when necessary to help prevent parasite resistance in our herd. Our herd is tested annually and was negative for CAE and Johnne's in September 2019.
Our doeling Bo and her brother JD, a couple of our 2020 kids!
Our farm is an ADGA Performance herd for 2021. All of our freshened does will be on Standard milk test this year and be eligible to earn recognition based on their production. The herd will also participate in linear appraisal through ADGA if the program becomes available this year. In 2020 we were an ADGA Plus Performance herd and 3 of our bucks now have their DNA on file with ADGA.
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