Herd Health

CAE Prevention: We test once a year. We have never had a test positive in our history (founded in 2011). No other goats are brought onto the farm unless tested negative. Bucks are only leased to tested farms.

Kidding: Does close to kidding are put in a stall beginning about 5 days before their due date.  We prefer to have someone in the barn to accompany kidding does in case of trouble. Kids are dried off with towels. We do not bottle feed unless requested by kid buyer. We have started testing our does for pregnancy through Biopryn.

Daily Care: Does are fed a dairy grain mix, with added Kelp, Mineral, Black Oil Sunflower Seeds and Alfalfa . They are given fresh water whenever needed, with Gatorade or bluelite distributed when needed. At night kids are put into a stall. In the morning they are then let back out with their dams after milking and are left with them all day.

Milking: The does are led up one at a time to be milked by hand. They are cleaned with unscented baby wipes then milked out. After milking they are sprayed with a teat spray and are led back out to the field.

Deworming: We never have and never will deworm regularly. Any time a goat shows signs of anemia we do a fecal test to determine if parasites are an issue and deworm individuals as needed.

If you would like any more information on the health care of our herd, please contact us and we would be happy to help you!