Goats for Sale

The 2016 Season

We are  taking reservations for 2016 kids. However, we have a temporary hold on making deposits on doelings until the remainder of our does kid (late April to early May). We no longer have purebred Nubian doelings available. We do have some purebred La Mancha and several Nubian X La Mancha crosses (some are 3/4 or higher La Mancha while others are 3/4 or higher Nubian); in all cases, they resemble the characteristics of the dominant breed in their genetic make up.

We require a deposit of $100 per head to hold the reservation. See 2016 pricing below for our pricing structure by age and gender. If you'd like to make a reservation through our website, please click  here.

Please email us at: prairiefruits@gmail.com for more information.

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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 2015, 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 2007-15 for all dams, and you can view these records by dam at the ADGA website: www.adga.org/

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 3-5 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 with Decoxx) 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 Purina "Noble Goat" pelleted grain feed at 2-3 weeks of age. 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 2016:  Our baseline prices for the 2016 season are as follows: Purebred, "American"  or Experimental Grade (crosses) doe kids purchased before they are weaned (less than four weeks old) are $175 each ($200 for unweaned doe kids out of our top ten milkers).  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 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 (less than four weeks old) sell for $200 each.  Weaned breeding bucklings cost $350.  

We require a deposit of $100 per head to reserve a doeling, buckling or milking doe.  Click here to reserve on line via PayPal.

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 and/or testing.  We do have scrappie tags available. 

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