It's not just a goat, it's a way of life
Originally we began with the Boer breed, as time went on we found some Boer traits that we liked and some we didn't. We also discovered some Boer goats we liked and those we didn't. We began looking at other breeds and discovered the Kiko Breed. After making several purchases we kept the ones that performed well, that needed little to no management and from that, we have started our herd.
We remain open to all breeds, Boer, Kiko, Savanna, even dairy, and instead, look at the animal as an individual and its past performances. I feel that if the doe is a good mother, kids well, has all the qualities I look for, and the buck has good stamina and can breed under harsh conditions and of course foot and parasite control then I don't care what breed the goat is. I want the qualities that I want. That's what we are striving for and we are blessed with a small herd to be able to do this with. Our hope is that as the herd grows we have a superb stock to start from, and so far we like what we have seen.
Barn Shot, our herd before we reduced!
Our herd now! 11 does and 1 buck (oh, and a goose)
Esther, oh little Esther. She has become our special needs goat. Her mother was headbutted by another doe and went into labor early. Esther and her brother were born at best guess 2 weeks early. She survived, but barely. Her brother didn't make the night. At the time I did not realize the importance of colostrum and even though I had her on powered colostrum it was not enough. After a visit to our vet, we learned that goats have a very thick placental wall and do not absorb antibodies from the mother in utero. In fact, they only get it from the colostrum and that is only within about the first 18 hours. During that time it is absorbed through the intestinal wall. After that, it is simply digested and passed. A blood test revealed that Esther did not have enough antibodies. So at two weeks old, she received a blood transfusion. Shortly after that she developed swelling in her back joints. The prognosis was poor, but she is a miracle and she pulled through! Then she developed an eye infection. She has sight in it, but it is different from her other eye. Needless to say, she is spoiled rotten. She is a pet and not to be bred.
Our barnyard and goat jungle gyms.