" In the silence, I could hear the distinct sound of goats maa-ing in the barn. Lying here listening to them made me smile, too. I'd always loved goats - every one of them different from every other one, and all of them goofy and playful." - Steve Watkins
Our First Goat, Oreo
We began our goat adventure in December, 2015 out of necessity. The children were allergic to Cow and Soy milk. We started off with a few Nigerian Dwarves, and then bought a pair of Lamancha does. We were in love! That's where the goat addiction began. Within a few months, we had acquired several ADGA registered goats from reputable breeders and were heading off to our first show. It was an amazing learning experience and met some wonderful, like-minded people. We revamped our idea of where we wanted to go with our goats. Our focus began with producing goats for milk production only, but changed quickly to producing animals that perform both in the show ring and the milk pail.
About Our Goats
On our farm, we raise dual registered American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) / American Goat Society (AGS) Lamancha, Nubian, and an assortment of other purebred dairy goats. We are currently enrolled in DHIR milk testing and Linear Appraisal.
The health of our herd is taken very seriously and we utilize the following precautions to ensure our goats maintain the best possible health. All breeding age goats are tested annually for Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis Virus (CAE), Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL), and Johne’s Disease. We maintain a negative herd. Testing for TB or Brucellosis in not neccessary, as Texas is certified free. FAMACHA and fecal samples are utilized to check for parasites, and we only use chemical wormers when absolutely necessary. We copper bolus twice a year to help prevent parasites and copper deficiencies. We also top dress their feed with Lespedeza pellets to help with parasite control. Babies are raised on heat treated colostrum, pasteurized milk with Calf-Pro added, and medicated goat pellets. Adults are fed a custom-made ration, formulated specifically for our goats with the help of a nutritionalist. They are all fed Alfalfa and Coastal hay year round, along with loose minerals.