Our Care Methods
When we moved out to our property, we decided right then and there that the food we raised and the animals we cared for, would be done so in a natural and holistic manner. We felt our animals deserved to live as naturally as possible and receive the best care from us and that we desired to eat the very best clean foods.
We feed our goats high-quality hay, free choice chaffhaye/alfalfa pellets, and forage. The does receive a quality grain feed that we hand mix ourselves during milking times. We know everything that goes into their feed and the ingredients are chosen to give them the essentials they need to produce high-quality milk and have exceptional health.
Our goats have access to quality minerals, Icelandic kelp, and sodium bicarbonate. We feel that it is extremely important that our animals can free feed minerals as needed and that deficiency in essential minerals leads to a diseased and unhealthy animal which will not produce kids or milk adequately for you.
We use herbal remedies to prevent and treat any health issues that come up as well as for worming. Antibiotics and mainstream meds are used as an absolute last resort. Our animals have maintained good condition on these.
We believe that it is very important that our dams are able to kid quietly and comfortably and with minimal intervention. We aim to be there for every birth but adopt a hands-off approach unless there is an emergent issue. Our kids are dam raised as it’s important for them to learn from mom about how to be a goat, learn herd dynamics, and for them to get good quality milk from mom allowing them to be the healthiest they can. We wean and send to new homes after the age of 12-16 weeks. By then they have started nibbling grain and eating hay and browse and have received a good amount of nutrition from their mom’s milk .
We do disbud any horns within the first week. While this goes against our philosophy of letting the goats be as natural as possible, it is something we do feel is important to do.
If we feel a buckling will not be the best herd sire, we will weather them at 8-12 weeks and sell them as pets. Just because a buckling has the parts, doesn’t mean he needs to breed. We look at his quality as well as his dam’s and grand-dam’s udders/quality and are very selective in the bucks we purchase and retain.