Thank you for visiting our website. Please take a few moments to view the pages, where you'll see some photos of both our farm and some of our animals.
Our web site will continue to change throughout the year. Our goal is to provide you with information about our farm and herd, with updates as we go through the year (i.e. kidding season!), as well as listing any animals we will be offering for sale. We welcome questions and feedback, particularly on our blog- please check that as well for updates!
If you are not familiar with our farm, and your first contact with us is online: We would be pleased to hear from you! Please let us know what your needs and questions are, we will be more than happy to help.
In brief, we'd like you to know the following about us: we are a multi-generation farm located in upstate New York. The farm has been in our family since 1897, and has evolved through the years from a dairy and market crop farm in its early years to a beef and dairy goat farm during the 1970s, '80s and '90s. For a brief time, we operated the farm primarily as a market hay farm, but found that we truly missed being involved with raising animals, especially goats! In 2002, we purchased our first two Boer doelings, and welcomed their kids in January 2003. Since that time, we have made the switch from Boer goats to a herd consisting of primarily Kiko goats, with some Spanish as well as crossbreds. Our breeding bucks are both registered purebred Kikos; our does range from crossbreds from our original herd to both purebred and commercial Kikos, as well as some purebred Pape Spanish does. This change over was done primarily to develop a herd that can more easily handle the constant challenge of parasites in goats, while being raised on grass with little or no grain inputs.
To help us make decisions in our breeding program, we have utilized performance testing using the program offered by Kentucky State University. The data we receive has been very helpful in choosing does and doelings to keep in our breeding herd.
During the past summer, we made the commitment to enlarge our breeding herd, and in order to do so, felt we needed to expand our winter housing. This would enable us to better manage doelings kept from the last spring as replacement stock as well as a place to house first-time kidders in an area where they would have access to feed without competition from the older does in the herd. To do so, we contracted to have a hoop barn built, as seen in the following photos. The barn is bright, airy, and the goats are all doing well. The barn will be a perfect place to house does and kids when they come out of the kidding jugs, prior to moving into the open pole barn and enclosed barnyard, where they will all stay until pasture season begins.
While visiting our site, be sure to check out the MiG page, which describes in more detail our pasture management. Also, look for updates on our Sunny Acres blog site, where, as time permits, we will keep you informed of "happenings" here on the farm!
No Goat Left Behind. We recently began a partnership with Heritage Foods, USA, a NYC based organization that works "to promote genetic diversity, small family farms, and a fully traceable food supply." Our farm was selected to be part of their "No Goat Left Behind" initiative, which you can learn more about by visiting http://www.heritagefoodsusa.com/ventures/goat.html. We are very excited to be part of this venture, and will keep you updated through our blog. We are also featured in the video for the venture, which you can view on the Heritage Foods website.
We are located in Athens, NY, and you can also find us on Facebook. Please call ahead to arrange a farm visit! Thanks for stopping by!