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Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds: For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation
The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the nourishment of thy maidservants.
-Proverbs 27: 23-27
Our herd of registered, show-quality goats adds a lot of character to our farm with their delightful personalities. We raise both Nubian and Boer goats. Our goats are raised on pasture and really prefer browsing on shrubs and weeds. They are an environmentally sound choice for meat and milk, as they have a light impact on the land. Goats compliment other grazing animals because they enjoy eating plants such as Canadian Thistle, which are undesirable to other species and consequently, help curb the spread of noxious weeds without the use of herbicides.
We finish our meats goat on pasture or non-GMO alfalfa/grass hay. Our Boer breeding does may be given locally-grown oats or a certified organic corn/oats/barley/molasses mix if necessary for condition. Our dairy does are fed similarly, with the addition of a small amount of sunflower seeds. They are given a small ration of grain daily while milking.
Boer Goats - Boer goats are a South African breed developed for meat production. They are believed to have been developed from crossbreeding indigenous goats with goat breeds from India and Europe, by Dutch farmers in South Africa. The word "boer" is Dutch for farmer. The current demand for high quality, lean, red meat has led to their rise in popularity. Boers are known for rapid weight gain and heavy muscling, and are well regarded for their hardiness and ability to finish on pasture alone.
Nubian Goats - Nubians are the most popular purebred goat in America. We chose Nubians for their rich, creamy milk and their dual-purpose characteristics (good producers of both milk and meat). Our dairy goats are bottle-raised to encourage bonding with people, but given their mother's milk for their health and vigor. You can read more about goat milk and the Nubians on our Dairy page.
Chevon (Goat Meat) - Chevon has always been popular in ethnic dining, but recently, everyone else is discovering the secret! It is quickly gaining popularity and is being found more commonly in upscale restaurants. We are frequently asked what goat tastes like...it is often described as a milder, leaner alternative to lamb. One customer said it was like the best grass-finished beef he had ever had. Our best advice is to try it; you won't be disappointed.
Goat is also a very healthful meat. It is lower in calories than either beef or chicken, while higher in iron and similar in protein. It is also low in fat and cholesterol, so some care must be taken in cooking such as lean meat. We recommend most cuts be cooked low and slow, although chops seared on the grill are delicious! Chevon can be substituted in lamb recipes, and it can also be cooked similar to venison. However, to really appreciate all the unique qualities and tastes of chevon, there are new cookbooks focused purely on the goat. So if you're ready to embark on a culinary adventure, it's time to "get your goat."
A Goat of Your Own? Goats are affectionate and playful. We have goats that will shine in the show ring, provide delicious milk for your family, tasty meat for your table, or a fun and affectionate companion. Whatever your goals, we have a goat for you. Kidding usually begins in late April and continues through June, but you are welcome to reserve kids at anytime. Please contact us for information. We also have registered Nubian and Boer bucks to provide stud service upon completion of health testing of your does.