4410 N. Lincoln Ave. Champaign, Illinois 61822 Google Map 217-643-2314

Goats for Sale

The 2015 Season




We have been raising dairy goats since 2004.  Our herd is certified "Animal Welfare Approved,"  the gold standard in pasture based livestock production certification programs. Over the years, we have made significant improvements in the genetics of herd, focusing on overall soundness and solid conformation, along with high milk components and longevity. Several of our sold doelings have placed in the tops of their classes at county fairs around the state. Our goals for the herd are to keep improving overall health, longevity, duration of lactation and milk components.  

All of our does and bucks are registered through the American Dairy Goat Association or ADGA, and we will complete the paperwork for you so you can register their offspring, should you choose. We have tested our entire herd for CAE, CL and Johnes (CAE every fall, Johnes in fall 2013, CL in 2014). All have tested negative for all three diseases since we started our commercial operation in 2005.  

Our kidding season runs early March through mid May.  While we retain about 15-20 doelings for replacements each year, we sell many of our doe kids as well as a few breeding buck kids.  We have full blood Nubians and La Mancha as well as Nubian X La Mancha crosses (anything from 50% of each breed to 7/8 either Nubian or La Mancha. Crosses can be registered as "Experimental Grade" through the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA).  We have good milk records (DHI) for 2007-14 for all dams, and you can view these records by dam at the ADGA website: www.adga.org/

sleeping kids


Our kids are separated from their dams at birth. We feed them their mothers' colostrum within the first 12 hours after birth and their mothers' milk for 3-4 days.  We vaccinate and dis-bud within the first week after they are born (vaccinations include CD& T and Clostridium A). They are then fed kid milk replacer (Land O' Lakes "Doe's Match" brand) using an automated self feeder (Lac Tec).  This ensures that they have access to warm milk whenever they want it. This practice has resulted in faster growing kids with fewer health problems and higher weight gains pre-weaning. We offer them pure alfalfa hay at 5 days old and a specially formulated grain ration at 2 weeks old. We wean our kids between 6 to 8 weeks of age, depending on their weight gain and reliance on hay and grain.  

kids on self feeder

PRICING FOR 2015:  Our baseline prices for the 2015 season are as follows: Purebred, "American"  or Experimental Grade (crosses) doe kids purchased before they are weaned (one month old or younger) are $175 each.  Weaned doe kids out of our top 10 milkers are $300 each; all others are $250 each.  This "top ten" premium reflects total milk production, milk components and Linear Appraisal scores from 2010. We are now taking reservations for 2015 kids born in March, April and May.  

We retain only breeding bucklings from our top producing dams who we know have potential to improve herd genetics.  Breeding bucklings purchased before they are weaned (one month old or younger) sell for $175 each.  Weaned breeding bucklings cost $350.  

We require a deposit of $100 per head to reserve a doeling, buckling or milking doe.  

If you require health papers to take goats out of state, please let us know at least two weeks prior to pickup. We require the buyer to pick up any additional costs for health certificates.  We do have scrappie tags available.  

Please email us with inquiries or requests to reserve kids at prairiefruits@gmail.com



NEWS Flash: March means baby goat madness and Farm Dinner TicketsMarch 2nd, 2015

March is coming in like a lion; the roar of hungry baby goats is deafening.  Within the past few days we have had a surge from a handful of kids to 75 on the ground.  There seems to be a co

If winter's grey has you pinning for spring cheese, BECOME A MEMBER OF OUR CHEESE, BREAD AND GELATO CSAJanuary 29th, 2015

I have no legitimate cause to complain about winter this year (so far, anyway).  Compared with the arctic blasts we experienced last year, the goats and I are feeling pretty good about the weath

It's winter . How about a food photography class at the farm?January 14th, 2015

Happy 2015 friends and patrons. It's winter on the farm: quiet, snow-blanketed, goats snuggling next to their hay feeders to keep warm.  We're in our "down time" now; the time we get to sleep l

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