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 milk production and conformation so that they will excel in the milk pail and in the show ring!
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 examined on farm to assess for internal parasites. Our goats are dewormed on an individual basis.
Our pregnant or milking does are fed a mixture of Blue Seal Premium Dairy goat pellets, Sunshine Plus, Blue Seal Goat Herd 18, sunflower seeds and barley on the milk stand twice daily. All of our girls have the best quality hay we can buy, fresh water, Duraferm minerals and Zinpro 40 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 a blockage, which is a medical emergency. Our bucks have hay, fresh water, Duraferm 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.
We are a performance herd with ADGA and participate in monthly milk testing, shows and Linear Appraisal when available.
Our farm became a member with AGS again in 2023. We hope to be able to offer AGS registration once our herd is registered.
We are proud of our Nigerians and are in our 3rd year of membership supporting our breed and the breed association.