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 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 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 Premium Dairy goat pellets and Blue Seal Goat Herd 18 sweet feed on the milk stand twice daily. All of our girls have the best quality hay we can buy, 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 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.
We are a performance herd with ADGA and participate in DHIR which is monthly milk testing and Linear Appraisal when available. The farm is signed up to be a host herd for LA in 2023.
Our farm became a member with AGS again in 2023. We hope to be able to offer AGS registration on 2023 kids to those interested.
We are proud of our Nigerians and are in our 3rd year of membership supporting our breed and hope to attend a meeting at the ADGA National Convention in 2023.