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Looking for Goat or LLama Farms to visit

Started by Scapegoatz Country Creamery. Last reply by Scapegoatz Country Creamery Apr 22, 2013. 2 Replies

Aloha fellow farm dreamers! We are leaving the farm for a 3 week road trip in Oct (i know we're shocked too!) and would love to visit some goat or llama farms or any cool cheese events along the way.…Continue

Toggenburg buck

Started by Rachelle Bernard Apr 9, 2013. 0 Replies

We have a togg buck 5 weeks hes pure bred but is solid chocolate.  Will he mark up. If we bred him what about his kids?Continue

What would be the best kind of forage to plant for Katahdin sheep pasture? We have land in Kentucky, zone 6 A

Started by Bobbie Roberts. Last reply by J Green Mar 27, 2013. 1 Reply

Looking to plant good pastures for hair sheep in Kentucky zone 6a

Advice for keeping a buck and ram

Started by Catherine Jagos. Last reply by Rebecca Moore Jan 5, 2013. 14 Replies

I plan to keep a buck and a ram because I plan to breed my sheep and goats for meat and fiber (and dairy for the goats).So my question is can I keep the ram and buck together? Because I will want to…Continue

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Comment by Grammy Dot on November 28, 2011 at 3:31pm

Does anyone raise Soay sheep? I am looking for lambing data and carcass data for this breed as we are considering them for our place.

Comment by Cyndi O'Rourke on December 2, 2011 at 8:39am
I have a small herd of black belly hair sheep. I am thinking of adding Dorpers to my herd and slowly change over to all Dorpers. We mainly raise them just for our family freezer. Any one out there raise hair sheep?
Comment by Felicia Britt on December 2, 2011 at 9:32am

Hi Cyndi, I have  Full Barbados, Full Katahdins, & Barb/Katahdin cross breeding ewes. I crosses my flock on a Full Dorper ram last year and had the best lamb crop ever. The Dorper put more body on the lambs which is a plus, while still maintaining the hardiness & thriftiness I can count on with the Barb and Katahdins. Since Katahdins are known for their sweet, mild flavor, I will always keep them in my flock. Hope this helps! Good luck!

Comment by Cyndi O'Rourke on December 4, 2011 at 2:43pm
Thank you. I just got back from the Southeastern Dorper Sheep Association meeting. I have decided to breed my ewes the next time to a Dorper ram. The association brought in Dr. Getts from Fort Valley State university to certify us in Smart Drenching and FAMACHA. This is a great tool for keeping an eye on your herds health and to help with the growing problem of the worms becoming resistance to the wormers. I am really interested in trying to keep my herd healthy and keeping them as chemical free as possible.
Comment by Melody D. on December 4, 2011 at 2:57pm

Hello!  We have 2 goats, one a Nubian doe (pregnant with twins), the other a Saanen wether.  I don't have anything for now just saying hello :)

Comment by Melody D. on December 5, 2011 at 11:42am

Sarra- we have a lonely bachelor angora rabbit that wasn't intended to be a pet but he really is.  None of the outdoor animals are though...they cost too much to keep for pets

Comment by Cyndi O'Rourke on December 5, 2011 at 4:51pm
Sarra I understand how hard it is to cross that threshold. The way I look at it now is to say to myself- My animals only have one bad day in their life and that's the day they go to the processor. The rest of the time I give them wonderful care and try to provide the best food and shelter I can. It is still hard for me but it is how I deal with it. Hope it helps.
Comment by Cheri DeHart on December 5, 2011 at 5:33pm

It is hard to say "by" . No matter what Going to a new home or to the processor . All my animals are treated with love and care like a pet to say . I have trained and raised horses most of my life and now training and raising goats for pack and house pets for some people . MiNi Nudians are turning out to have a good nich in the city folk . They are wanting small dairy and pets . So I started training the bottle kids to be house broke then to lead and pack . Boers are for 4h kids to show and meat . Thou I have not done so for use yet . 10 years and we have not eaten our own animals . Hubby says we may be the only farm that can say so.

 

Comment by Melody D. on December 5, 2011 at 10:52pm

I need a "like" button.  Cyndi- I take a lot of peace in that too. It also helps to not name the terminal animals.  So far we've only put poultry in our freezer but we are hoping to add some goat meat (buckings) next year.  Around here we only name the breeders, the ones that are staying.

Comment by Lynn P. on December 8, 2011 at 12:55am

What do you think a fair price is for a goat that has great confirmation etc. if the one buying or selling is not interested in showing the animal, or earning points or what have you.  When the time comes for us to obtain goats and sheep for our place, I'd like to have a good feel for that so that I can have good breeding foundation and good mothers and good milk or meat without feeling taken for a ton of money! 

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