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Goats for Sale

The 2014 Season

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION

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 2012). All have tested negative for all three diseases since we started our commercial operation in 2005.  We are now a closed herd.

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 2007-12 for all dams, and you can view these records by dam at the ADGA website: www.adga.org/

WE HAVE 32 REGISTERABLE DOELINGS FOR SALE--PUREBRED NUBIAN, LA MANCHA AND EXPERIMENTAL GRADE. FOR SPECIFIC PHOTOS AND DAM-SIRE INFORMATION, VISIT OUR 2014 KIDS PAGE.

sleeping kids

KID CARE PRACTICES

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 2014: Our pricing has increased to be more in line with the market for registered dairy goats and to reflect our operating expenses. Our baseline prices for the 2014 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 2014 doelings 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 will also  be selling a limited number of milking does-priced at $300 each. Please inquire about the status of availability. They will be available for sale in early May, once everyone has freshened.

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

 

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