. Adults (over 6 months old) are tested yearly for CAE and Johnes and are negative for these diseases. We used to test yearly for CL but have discontinued this practice IN THE MAIN HERD due to expense and the diagnostic value of the test. Our herd is abscess free and has been since inception about 12 years ago.
. PLEASE see my "
" page for more information about our strict biosecurity protocols including testing and isolation! We rarely bring in new animals from outside, preferring to keep our own kids, and practicing AI extensively to bring in new genetics. We do not show, and our LA sessions and buck collections occur on farms that are also tested. We try our best to reduce potential incidence of disease as much as possible. We have also never had sore mouth in the herd. Results are available for your perusal. I also try to remember to upload copies of the paperwork and put them on my biosecurity page as well. :)
We try to do LA and DHIR every year with the dairy goats, and our herd is enrolled in ADGA Plus.
Kid management : Coccidia prevention and dewormings - Our kids are bottle raised in kid pens that I regularly move to new ground, and
away from asymptomatic parasite carrier adults which are the source of parasite infections in
young kids via pasture contamination. All goat kids receive coccidia prevention first at 3 weeks of age, then repeated every 3 weeks until 'well grown'. Common products we use are Sulfadimethoxine or toltrazuril, and medicated feeds. We opt to direct dose kids with sulfadimethoxine or toltrazuril until they are around 4-5 months of age. During that time they are also weaned onto a creep feed lamb grower that is balanced 2:1 Ca:P and contains ammonium chloride for prevention of stones in males. We also feed alfalfa pellets, free choice hay, minerals, and baking soda. Once the kids are 4-5 months of age, they are weaned off of milk and coccidia prevention is mostly via medicated feed. Targeted dewormings are done as needed, according to fecal results. We practice routine fecals on kids and expect to see growth exceeding 10lbs/mon and good body condition and fecal consistency during the growth period on my farm, and in kids I keep they are routinely easily breeding weight (over 80lbs) by 7-8 months of age. All kids sold will be up to date with this schedule at time of sale, and it is up to the new owner to continue where I left off.
Kid management: Vaccination - We vaccinate against C. perfringens types C and D, and Tetanus. Toxoid vaccines are used for this protection and they are extremely safe and the tetanus portion is extremely effective. (C. perf is still very helpful but because it is an opportunistic, toxin producing pathogen that can easily overgrow in the gut of animals as a result of poor management or other secondary disease process - not the vaccine's fault, but a result of the pathogenesis of the disease). We vaccinate does in the last 4-5 weeks of pregnancy which is less for their protection, and more as an immune boost to provide an increased level of passive immunity in colostrum to their kids, which will protect them from these diseases in the first weeks of their life. If adequate quality and quantity of colostrum is consumed, that is! Colostral antibodies are protective, but also prevent direct vaccination of the kids from being effective, thus BOOSTERS are essential in young kids. The age at which colostral antibodies stop being protective, leaving the kid vulnerable to disease but also immuno-responsive to the vaccine can vary from individual to individual, so vaccination times are determined by studies to find the average timeframe - and then BOOSTERS are required to ensure all animals receive effective vaccination due to this variability because testing for the correct time frame simply is expensive and not readily available - vaccines are inexpensive and safe, so boostering is a reliable way to ensure immunity. We vaccinate our kids at 4, 8, and 12 weeks of age, and then yearly.
My kids are copper bolused and BoSe'd in the fall after their birth, when the rest of the herd receives their pre-breeding treatments. Kids will receive 1/2cc BoSe at birth when needed, but research shows dietary supplementation of the dams 2-4 weeks pre-kidding is a better way of supplying the unborn kids with their selenium than is giving it after birth. We supply Selenium in both our grain ration and our mineral mix to the dams.
ALL kids out of our milking dairy goats are raised on the bottle, and we practice CAE prevention despite maintaining a disease free herd.
ALL kids born here are disbudded. I will NOT leave horns on a dairy animal. ALL KIDS BORN ARE DISBUDDED.
Registrable kids will also be tattooed at time of disbudding. Show/meat wethers can be scrapies tagged at time of sale.
Prices can vary after kidding depending on quality. Price may go up slightly with age as I put more effort, money, and time into them. Also, price can go up according to their LA session and/or their parent DHIR/LA results, if they are still around at that time.
My purebred or registered goats will NOT sell for less 'without registration papers'. I work hard to produce disease tested, performance tested, healthy, quality goats, regardless of whether or not they have registration papers. Please do not ask me to sell my registered goats for cheaper 'without papers'. I price my animals at what I believe is a reasonable price for their quality and health, irregardless of registration papers.
Prices do not include interstate health certificates but they can be obtained and provided at-cost. I do not ship at this time.
I reserve the right to terminate any sale at any time, for any reason, unless payment in full has been received. Sales that I terminate will have a refundable deposit of any monies paid, if applicable. My refunds are given via PayPal, money orders, OR cash. I will NOT mail cash, period. Other payment types can be discussed and agreed upon on an individual basis.
Sales are final when complete payment is received, and the animal is your complete responsibility once it leaves the farm. Due to farm heath and biosecurity, I generally cannot take 'returned' animals back if you decide you can no longer care for them. In these cases I prefer to help you to advertise and place the animal in a new home directly.
I have the right to retain ANY kid born in my herd for any reason, until payment in full is received at date of pickup. If a kid is retained for my herd, or because of a defect/illness/death but a deposit was paid, the deposit is refundable or transferable to another goat kid that is available.
A deposit is NON-returnable if the buyer changes his/her mind and no longer wants the animal.
Complete, final payment is due at pickup. Animals will NOT leave the farm without complete payment. I do not want payment in full UNTIL pickup.
Bottle fed dairy goat kids with deposits are to be picked up by 2 weeks of age, unless other arrangements are made.
Buyers are expected to pick up any animals in a timely fashion and should try their hardest to hold to agreed upon pickup dates and times. Obviously things could happen that could change original plans - I understand this - but repeated missed pickup dates are a cause for a sale termination without refund of deposit.
I will ONLY allow animals to go to their new homes if they are visibly healthy at time of pickup, to the best of my knowledge. Buyer is responsible for noting any issues at time of pickup, otherwise if the sale is completed, it is assumed the buyer also agreed the animal was physically healthy at time of pickup.
YOU MUST HAVE PROPER FORMS OF HUMANE, SAFE, COMFORTABLE TRANSPORT AVAILABLE. Large dog crates work well for most animals. No, you cannot hog tie them and put them in the trunk of a car.
I have been raising goats for about 13 years now, and I am still learning EVERY DAY. If I feel that an issue was my fault as a breeder, then full/partial refunds will be given. I am trying to be fair and honest, but I also do not want to get burned as the seller. Because I can only show or tell you what to expect from the purchased animals under my own management, I make no guarantees for their health, production, growth, or any other aspects under YOUR management, as it is out of my control as soon as they leave the farm. Proper management, feeding, and care makes all the difference in the ability of an animal to perform well and is your responsibility after the animals leave my farm to live at yours. No amount of good genetics can overcome poor management or acquired disease. I work very hard to ensure my goats are maintained at an optimal level, to the best of my ability. I am ALWAYS willing to take phone calls and email messages about how to care about goats and welcome questions and concerns. I encourage everybody to research care PRIOR to purchase. If the animal does not perform as you'd like or comes down with a COMMON illness related to moving to the new home and your management, I will NOT give refunds. Some illnesses like shipping fever or parasite bloom are just facts of buying and moving stock - stress leads to immune suppression and it is the buyers' responsibility to watch new animals closely and not purchase animals that are unhealthy at time of sale. A rapid change in feed associated with sales can lead to bloat, enterotoxemia, acidosis, founder, grass tetany, hypocalcemia, urinary calculi, and a whole host of other problems, as a second example. In addition, buying a doe in milk is generally a good way to get her to drop in production significantly, or even dry up. If you want a strong lactation out of a doe, buy her bred instead of in early lactation - a doe in milk that moves to a new home has to suffer changes and adaptions in literally everything, and that is just not conducive to a strong lactation - give her another freshening before throwing her under the bus. Also, poor growth and poor production are more greatly impacted by management than about anything else - an animal with great genetics can quickly be ruined by poor management, and I refuse to foot the bill for owners ruining animals. I will offer replacements (as soon as available) and/or refunds for any bucklings sold that are proven to be sterile by a veterinarian (ruling out diseases processes that lower sperm count), or the case of hermaphroditism (also confirmed by a veterinarian) in does.
In the case of defects, I will offer refunds or replacements depending on the severity and wether or not it is management related. Defects of feet and legs, for example, can be greatly influenced/caused by feeding, poor foot management, or injury. Things that I will quickly agree merit refunds/replacements include severe bite issues, inability to breed, and teat structure problems. If the animal is a DOE and still able to be a healthy, happy dairy animal, I will offer a reasonable partial refund for that animal. In the case of bucklings, I would offer a replacement with a future buckling or current buck/ling depending on what I have available. I could also offer semen or live service/lease as partial refund, situation dependent. In all cases, I require that the original paperwork be returned to me for the refund/replacement to occur - there is no reason a defective animal should contribute to the registered breeding population. Mildly defective does can still be useful as home dairy animals/pets without producing registered offspring. (instead, I suggest breeding her to a meat breed for meat kids).
When people come to visit the farm for an hour when they pick up their goat, it is impossible to teach you all the knowledge and experience I have garnered about management, and I cannot stress the importance of research and asking questions BEFORE you purchase your goats. An emergency is a poor time to have to understand physiology and pathology! And - preventative maintenance will reduce or eliminate problems. The most excellent technical resource I have encountered is Goat Medicine by Mary Smith.
IN PLACING A DEPOSIT OR BUYING AN ANIMAL, YOU ARE AGREEING TO THESE TERMS OF SALE. This holds true whether or not you have read them, because they are available for your consideration at any time at your inquiry, and also easily found on my publicly published website.