Goats at Gleanings Farm: Breeding Plans

admin October 21st, 2010

We will have two flushes of baby goats in 2011 – our Senior does will be bred for May, the Junior ones for July.  We are eventually planning to have everyone on the same schedule, but for now, this works for us.  All six senior does will be bred to Chenango Hills Ring Bearer (Frodo), while we have mixed plans for the juniors.

We don’t like to count our chickens before they are hatched, so we won’t take deposits for specific breedings, but will be happy to work with you to find a combination that will suit your needs.  There is a $50 deposit to reserve a kid, otherwise, first come, first served.  We will also have a limited number of milking does available for sale in the coming year.

We *will not* sell one goat if you don’t have at least one other goat – goats are herd animals and will be terribly unhappy if there aren’t at least two of them. If you are in a small space or only want a little milk, consider taking a wether – the boys remain friendly and kid-like pets for their whole lives. 

We provide goats of good health, raised on their mother’s milk.  We will also provide phone and email support for new goat owners and help and guidance in getting established.  Our goal is to bring these small goats into more families – we want to help that happen! 

Prices: Milking Does – $350.  Doe Kids – $300-400  Buck Kids $200  Wethers $75 

$25 discount if you buy two goats, $50 for three, etc…

Thinking beyond 2011, we have several plans to expand our goat operation.  First, we’d like to do some crossing of Frodo with Mini-Nubian does – when Nigerian Dwarves were developed, they had a considerable amount of genetic diversity bred in, along with the original imported stock.  Over the years, that diversity has declined a bit, and we’d like to explore the possibilities of bringing mini-nubian blood back into the mix.

Second, we plan to produce a dual-purpose fiber and milk goat by breeding “Nigoras” – a cross between Nigerian Dwarf and Angora goats.  The idea here is to give very small scale producers a multi-purpose goat to work on, and also to bring some utility into our wethers, so that in addition to being cute, charming, friendly pets, companion animals and yard work aids, they also provide beautiful, useful fiber!


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