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to my little piece of heaven in the East Tennessee Great Smokey
Mountains. I have a small 5 acre farm and raise AQHA and APHA horses,
Nigerian Dwarf Goats and co-habitat with a Jack Russell Terrier, a Great
Pyrenees and two Anatolian Shepherd mix working dogs that were born in
with goats and now live with mine :)
For as long as I can remember I have always wanted a goat . After I did quite a bit of research I knew these little dwarfs were the goats for me! I love the small size yet high yield of milk and the easy going affectionate disposition. They are like a dog without the bark! Of course the lovely colors and blue eyes are a pleasant plus.
I learned quickly that you must have more than one, they will be very unhappy alone and can even die! Well, that just gave me justification to start a little herd! My intentions are to create a breeding program that will result in great milk production, healthy and hardy kids with correct conformation.
It was extremely difficult to find registered stock here locally, this part of Tennessee is loaded with goats, particularly Pygmies/Fainters but not many Nigerian Dwarfs! I figured it cost the same to raise unregistered goats as it does to have well bred registered goats. The plus side is I would build value, have an opportunity to possibly improve the breed standard, participate in sanctioned shows and educate people in the area of this wonderful breed! We began building our herd in 2009 and I have acquired animals from throughout the country from the best bloodlines possible!
The blood lines my herd currently consist of are Rosasharn, Algedi Farms, Flat Rocks, JNels, Little Tots Estate, Buttin Heads, Caesars Villa among others. I have been asked by breeders when purchasing my goats from them if I was looking for show or milking goats. I always respond with "both of course!" It is my goal to breed animals very dairy with proper conformation that will excel in both the show ring as well as milk pail! Of course we cannot guarantee all will be winners and I do my best to let you know their strengths and weaknesses but I can tell you what their direct lines have accomplished.
This year (2017) we will be participating again in ADGA linear appraisal (LA) for the 4th time it is a great opportunity to have individual animals in your herd appraised against a score card based on the perfect goat being a 100. No animals have ever scored that high in fact I believe only a few Nigerian Dwarfs have ever scored a 93. It is the most educational experiences I have had in raising goats and highly recommend anyone who is serious about their breeding program to attend one ~ I welcome visitors to mine (ours is in late April this year) especially if they are willing to help with the paperwork, take notes, take pics or even help handle the goats!
We love Nigerian Dwarf milk it is the best tasting of all dairy breeds and also has the highest butterfat which will yield more cheese! We are planning to start 305 DHIR milk testing and likely will host several 1 day milk tests! We have also been dabbling in soap and lotion making and love all the opportunities to be able to incorporate goat milk.
We have an awesome buck herd (I am a self admitted buck hoarder) I really believe some of the best in the nation (if not I will either have them in my semen tank or have a father, son or will be sure to add him if he becomes available!!! Having such a large herd of bucks allows us to put together very nice unrelated starter herds. We don't offer stud service but do have straws available. We had a collection here at the farm in the fall~ limited straws available contact me if interested.
Nigerian Dwarfs have the ability to freshen year round I usually
plan 4-5 does to kid each month. This allows us to have does in milk
and kids available through out the year. Last year began a bit differently I had added a special buck (Buttin'Heads Stapal Gun) in a co ownership and wanted to be sure I was able to get some kids from him before he went to his other farm. He was in with the main doe herd for almost 3 months and apparently settled most of the herd in the last 2 wks! We had 64 kids hit the ground from Dec 23rd to Jan 10! Half were pulled and bottle raised the other half were dam raised~ Happily they are all about weaned and ready to go, luckily we were blessed with 75% being does. We ended the year with 71 does/53 bucks for a total of 124! This year is going a bit more smoothly we have had 27 in the first 6 wks of 2017. Needless to say since we retain so many we have a great selection of mature does and yearlings (as well as babies) that we must part with as new arrivals hit the ground. This is an excellent time to put together a starter herd together or just add some really great bloodlines!
We really enjoy going on day drives throughout the surrounding area and usually can accommodate either meeting you or delivering them for a reasonable fee, but we always welcome you to pick them up here and meet their family. We will be attending as many shows as possible this spring and fall (free delivery) and look forward to meeting you there (I will post a show schedule soon). I hope you will check back often to see the new arrivals and don't forget the sale page!
We test our herd yearly for CAE and have never had a positive result. Any lumps or bumps are quickly biopsied by our vet (no CL positives) and any deaths are neocropsied to allow me that there is nothing going on in our herd that shouldn't be. It also helps me make decisions in management to improve our herd.
Classes for 2017 ~ Through the winter we are offering private classes as we have found the weather complicates scheduling, since we have people that come from every direction in the Country.
Contact me on availability classes fill up fast! We will be listing group class dates as they are set
~Goat Husbandry (for beginners and those considering goat ownership)
~Advanced Goat ownership (medications/wormers/kidding/home milking)
~Performance Programs (Milking, DHIR, Appraisal and Show) Where to start and what to expect
2016 Spring Show Schedule (Highlights wins listed)
Carrolton Classic Carrolton GA April 21 & 22nd:
CH J-Nels HM He's A Chipper Boy won CH Challenge/ Best of Breed ring 1 & 2, Buttin' Heads Stapal Gun was 1st in ring 1 & 3rd ring 2,
SMDGA Spring Show Knoxville TN May 21st
CH J-Nels HM He's A Chipper Boy CH Challenge /Best in Breed ring one and CH Challenge /Best in Breed/Best Buck In Show ring 2!
Evin Evans Annual Spring Show Shelby NC June 2nd-4th
CH J-Nels HM He's A Chipper Boy CH Challenge/Best of Breed ring 1
Fields Of Grace Hondo Grand Champion /Best of Breed ring 4
Fentress County Fair Jamestown Aug 13
Fields of Grace Chocolatta 1st in age group juniors
Aged does Jasper Pines A Star is Born 1st J-Nels GP Kandi Kane 2nd
Olson Acres BBS Princess Fiona Res Grand in Senior does
Carrollton Fundraiser Sept 2-4
Olson Acres BBS Princess Fiona JR Grand Champion (dry leg)
Jasper Pines A Star Is Born 3 Xs 1st, 2xs Senior Res Grand Champion
Buttin'Heads Stapal Gun 3 xs 1st, 2xs Reserve Grand Champion Buck
Fields of Grace American Made 4 xs 1st
Alethia ET Digeridoo 2xs 1st
Bang For Your Buck New Years Bash Dec 31/Jan1 Carrollton GA
Fields of Grace American Made 2 X1st, 1 X Res Grand Champion (Greg Murphy), Wooly Dog Down Free ASA Breeze 1 X 1st 2x 2nd, Alethia Farm ET Digeridoo 1 X1st, 2X 2nd, Fields of Grace Snowball 2xs 1st, 2xs 2nd, Wooly Dog Down Gem Legacy 4xs 1st 1 x Res Grand Champion (Karen Smit
SMDG Knoville Spring Show May 20 2017 Fields of Grace Ember's Fire 3xs 1 place Senior kid, 2 xs Res Grand Jr doe, 1 X Grand CH Jr Doe and Best in Show, Fields of Grace SG Looney Tunes 1x 1st dry yearling, Fields of Grace CB Charleston 1st 2xs, 1x 2nd, Fields of Grace American Made 2x 1st place 1X Reserve Grand CH Buck, CH J-Nels HM He's A Chipper Boy Best of Breed/Champion Challange under Jean Lucas
ADGA Convention Fundraiser Carrollton GA Aug 12/13 2017 Fields of Grace CB Sheeba was 1st place 2x, 2nd 2x Grand Champion ring 2, Fields of Grace CB Happy Tunes was 2nd 2xs, 3rd 2 xs, Fields of Grace Snowball was 1st place 3x 2nd 1x Grand Champion in Ring 1 and 3 where he also went Best Buck in Show. Fields of Grace American Made was 1st 1x, 2nd 2xs, 3 x 1, Fields of Grace Joseph was 2nd 2xs, Chenango Hills Lunas Brigidier 2xs 1st, 2xs 2nd Reserve Grand Champion in ring 2 and 4,
TN Valley Fair Sept 16 & 17 2017The only 2 senior does I took Flat Rocks China Doll & The On Firestone Creek A-Kae-A were 2nd in their classes (behind finished Champions). Fields of Grace PT Fancy Free, Fields of Grace FL Madonna (also Res Grand Champion Jr Doe) and Fields of Grace FL Chocolotta were 1st in their classes. Fields of Grace FL Frosted Latte, Gypsy Moon SM Zi'an and Fields of Grace CB Happy Tunes were 2nd in their classes. We had 1st place Get of Sire (J-Nels GP Freelance) and 2nd place Best 3 Juniors judge was Lynn Benedict