Goats

Browsing Blackberries!

On our thirty-seven acres we raise Nubian goats. Nubians are a dairy breed known for high butterfat content in their milk, and medium-high production volumes. The goats are actively rotated throughout the farm to gain access to a diversity of forage including: willows, blackberries, alder, locust, acorns, scotch broom, orchard grass, fescue, clover, many types of annual grasses, and more. Our management goals are to encourage and maintain a productive landscape which provides habitat and food for native species, while also supporting our goat herd in good health and milk production. Through the collection and composting of the straw and wood chip bedding from the goat barn we aim to produce all the composted needed in the growing of our vegetables for the local markets.

You too can become a partial owner in this herd of goats!
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A little bit about the herd-share

When you purchase a share in the goat herd you should look at it as an investment in the herd. The primary return on your investment is the milk that the goats produce. While the milk is the main reason that people purchase a share in the herd, others also see value in being able to know their animals, to build a relationship with the farmer that cares for them, and to expose their children to this experience.

In this age of busy busy busy many people wish they had the time to grow all their own food, to raise the animals they eat, and to have their own milk goat or cow to provide their family with the best dairy possible. Unfortunately, this is just not possible for the vast majority. A herd-share, however, is a way to accomplish some of these goals. In fact, when considering herd animals such as goats and the efficiencies of running grazing operations, it might make even more sense to be an owner in a herd of goats for which a farmer is paid to care for, as opposed to having one or two goats of your own. The farmer is able to more actively monitor the animals, manage the animals on the pastures, and provide a balanced supply of just-the-right-amount of milk to each owner.

Owners pay a one-time purchase price for their share(s) and a monthly maintenance fee which covers the farmers costs of caring for the herd. Each share costs $25.00 while the maintenance fee is $14.00/month. If you no longer wish to own your share(s), they will be purchased from you by another party, at which time the amount you originally payed is returned to you.

Each share in the herd is roughly the equivalent of one quart of milk per week for eight to nine months of the year, although this may vary slightly as production changes throughout the lactation. In a typical year, the goats “kid” in March or April and we begin milking in May or June. ¬†Share members are assigned one or more days of the week as their milk pick-up days and each owner is responsible for returning their jars washed and dried each week.

Interested in becoming an owner in the Herd? To receive more information, click the button below.

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