About Our Goats

We started with a bit of luck -- two grade does (1/2 Alpine, 1/2 Nubian) and one purebred Alpine "rescue" doe who all grew into big, healthy, good to excellent milkers.  We were also given a free Cashmere buck, which was a mixed blessing.  Gabriel gave us some beautiful, big babies who have warm winter coats, but who definitely produce less milk than the straight-dairy bloodlines do.

Two years later, we added a batch of new blood -- five purebred Toggenburgs.  We love their personalities and their udders are almost perfect, but sadly we find their milk has a taste that we don't enjoy (although many who've tried it don't notice it at all and it's certainly not noticeable if blended with milk from the other does).

So, what to do?  Well, after having bred Crabbet Arabian horses for 40+ years, Jocelyn has a pretty good grasp of genetics and the value of careful breeding for desired traits, so we started crossing our bloodlines.  As of 2016, we have almost no cashmere blood left in any of our herd.  Why?  Well, there was just too much uncertainty about udder size and milk production -- some of the part-Cashmeres were good producers, but some gave very little.  The hybrid vigour was really nice, but since milk is my focus, we really have to breed for that.

In the summer of 2014, we purchased a purebred Alpine buck from Flying Bird Farm in Chilliwack.  He's just beautiful and although he was a 'terrible teen' he has matured into a quite manageable adult.  His first crop of babies were lovely -- large bodied; long, straight backs; strong legs -- and several of those doelings will be kidding in March 2016 so we'll see how their udders very soon.

The photos on this site are now a couple of years out of date.  Our goal for January 2016 is to post a whole new set.

We usually sell babies rather than adults because babies have an easier time adjusting to a new home.  We will post photos of the kids as they arrive (or as soon as we've had enough sleep to use a computer!)

Please note that we have tested for CAE, Johnes and CL.  We were very happy to know that we are clean of Johnes & CL.  However, our herd is positive for CAE.  We've done considerable research and decided that we are not prepared to slaughter our whole herd and start again (which the latest, large-scale, multi-year studies say is the only sure way to rid the herd of CAE if you don't have the ability to create an isolation sub-herd).  Again, in January we hope to post more details about CAE and what it means, but for now, let us say that if you have a CAE-free herd now you should not buy a CAE-carrier.  Also, if you have no goats, we recommend you try to start with CAE-negative stock.  If you already have CAE, or if you can not access CAE-free goats, we will be pleased to show you what we have for sale.

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