Poor Dirt Farmer Blog
Not sheep, not goats
New look for old goats
We've updated our site with a new home page layout and current content. We've also made some adjustments to adapt to phone-based visitors, welcome!

Watch the blog for current events and commentary and the gallery for new friends, mostly with more than two legs.

We're experimenting with some interactive features, too, so if you'd like to play in our yard, use the contact form to ask our mom.
So you think you want a milk goat!
If you are reading this you are at least entertaining the idea of owning a milk goat. I acquired my first doe in the early 1970s and for about four years I milked my two does ten months of each year. I also retained three doelings each year, bred them, and kept them through kidding and training to the milking stand. Once they were stable milkers I offered them for sale and started the whole process again in the fall.

Back then it was standard practice to remove the kids immediately and bottle feed them. Many people still do this, often to prevent the spread of CAE to kids. Since we test annually for CAE and CL, and because, as primary milker, I like some flexibility in my daily routine, we leave some or all of the kids with their mothers for the first several weeks. Then we confine the babies at night and milk in the morning until the babies are weaned between three and four months of age. By scheduling the arrival of the buck on October 1, kids are born in March, and I if I want to get away for a weekend or just skip a milking, I can leave the kids with the does and let them do the job for most of the summer.
Things are returning to normal now that the last of the kids and lambs have departed for new homes. We downsized dramatically, finding a home for two does and sending our boer buck Curly off to a new herd of boer does! This fall we will return to breeding two of the remaining three does to a purebred Nubian buck in order to produce one or two quality replacements. Our purebred Katahdin ewe lambs go quickly, so give us a call if you would like to reserve one or two. Have a wonderful summer!
As the year comes to a close...
We are completely sold out for the year. We have brought in a young Katahdin ram to breed our two ewes. This year for the first time we will breed some of our Nubian does to a purebred registered Boer buck. The demand in our region for meat goats is high, and Nubian x Boer does are often bred back to boer bucks. We may have one or two bred does for sale after the new year. Be sure to check our blog periodically to see how things go in 2013. In the meantime, have a wonderful holiday season.
New Critters for Sale
In March we will be welcoming a new crop of kids and lambs. Be sure to watch the News for frequent updates and pictures.

Once the little ones are all up and running, we will be offering for sale some registered doelings and perhaps a ewe lamb or two, so be sure to check out our For Sale Barn as well.

Happy Trails!