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Welcome 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, two Great Pyrenees and have recently added a Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd mix pup that was born in with goats and now lives 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 small 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 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 are now into our 5th year I have acquired animals from throughout the country!
The blood lines my herd currently consist of are Rosasharn, Algedi Farms, Flat Rocks, JNels, Little Tots Estate, Goodwood, and 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 in 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.
We have been showing our goats for the last couple of years and travel frequently to shows throughout the south east~ we can offer free transport of any of our sale animals along our route. This year (2013) we participated in our first ADGA linear appraisal (LA) which you can sign up for to have an appraiser come to your farm (or you can go to a host herd's farm) and score your goats 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 92. It was 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 victors to mine especially if they are willing to help with the paperwork, take notes, take pics or even help handle the goats!
I am already planning my breeding and work schedule to attend as many shows as possible in 2014 and will definitely be doing the LA again next year. We have started milking and experimenting with a few cheese recipes and plan to make soap and cheeses for the holidays this year. We also plan to have several 1 day milk tests and hopefully one day when my work schedule permits I can get my her on the 305 DHIR milk test and I can figure out how they do it I will be happy to explain it to you! We were fortunate to be able to schedule a buck collection with Cam Faircloth of Mega Bucks for Dec. 28, 2013 you can reserve straws from any of the bucks we collect and may have some available after the collection as well there is still room for several other bucks to be collected that morning if you have any questions or interest please contact me asap you must preregister. There will also be an AI clinic held that afternoon taught by Cam and the deadline for registration for either event is Dec 13.
Although I have been careful at purchasing from CAE/CL/Johnnes free herds I had the whole herd tested for CAE (that was over 6 months old) June 2011 (All were negative). Since than I have been testing goats as they are added to our herd and random CAE testing when we do the pregnancy test through Bio Tracking we will also test any animals at any time for anything at the buyers expense. I was hoping to have a whole herd test done by now but this year has slipped by so fast so may have to wait till after the holidays. All results will be posted and included with your purchase. You will receive a starter kit with several days worth of food that my goats are eating as well as all their health history and all the paper work to have your goats registered with all three registries (unless they are restricted to individual registries and that would be stated prior to sale) depending on which goats you purchase and I am available by phone or computer to help you make your transition smooth.
Since I work outside the farm fulltime and have the advantage of taking off lots of time from work in the beginning of the year I had 10 does kid in February. This allowed me to dedicate 3 weeks to baby watch and delivery, but found that 4-8 wks later when the kids were growing, eating and pooping the work load was too overwhelming. So now taking advantage of ND's ability to freshen year round I plan 2-3 does to kid each month. This allows us to have does in milk and kids available through out the year.
I 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 are now on Facebook under Fields ofGrace and have a new business page under Fields of Grace Nigerians :)
I have several horses that are available and have added a page for them
We are planning to attend the following ADGA sanctioned shows for 2013:
Music City Classic goat show on May 4th in Lebanon TN
Chenango-Hills Hathor and Little Tots Estate Matrix both were 2nd place in both rings of very large classes, Jasper Pines In the Buff was 3rd in 1 ring and 4th in the 2nd. Fields of Grace H3X Moonstone was 2nd/4th in 2 rings, Little Tots Estate Monarda was 2nd/3rd in her rings.
Rocky Mount Show Memorial Weekend May 25-26th
We took all bucks to this show and Tevyeh New I Stand Amazed was 1st in the 1-2 yr olds, J-Nels DH Luke was 1st place 2-3yr olds, Little Tots Estate Paul Bunyan was 1st place in 3-5 yr olds Grand Champion Buck, Best Of Breed, Best Buck in Show and Rosasharn BB Achilles was 2nd in 3-5 yr olds Reserve Grand Champion, Split Creek H3X Hummer was 1st place in 5yrs and older.
Shelby NC show June 8th & 9th -
Tevyeh True Grit was Jr Grand Champion in 2 of 3 buck rings, JNels DH Luke and Rosasharn BB Archilles were both 1st in their classes 2 of 3 rings, Little Tots Estate Paul Bunyan was 1st place in all 3 rings and Split Creek H3X Hummer was 2nd in 2 rings and 3rd in the other.
We will not be attending as many shows this fall as we prepare 49 adult goats for our ADGA linear Appraisal scheduled for Sept 20 will post scores as received!
Sevier County Fair Sept 6th
Senior does : Dragonfly Mardi Gras was 1st in 4 yr olds, Olson Aces Bit O Honey 1st in 5 an older, Fields Of Grace Heaven Sent, Reynola's Fancy Jitterbug and J'Nels Kandy Kane were 3rd in their classes. JR does: RHP CTO Lamplight Symphony and Fields of Grace Marigold were 3rd and Little Tots Estate DB Matrix was 4th
TN VALLEY FAIR Sept 14 & 15TH
We are also considering the NC State Fair Oct 26 & 27 or the Fall Frenzy Buck Show in MO
Along with others to be added and can deliver goats at no charge if picked up along the way or before arriving to the show grounds
I do not take deposits until kids are born and I can make decisions on who I will retain , then I will notify in order the people on the waiting list and you will then have 48 hours to decide. A deposit of 1/2 down on the animals unless being picked up with 48 hours than $150.00 on does and $100.00 on bucks checks are accepted for a deposit, balance needs to be paid by cash or paypal when picked up. If a health certificate or tests are needed we will have them done but they will be at the expense of the buyer. All goats must be picked up or delivery arranged with in 7 days of the date arranged or there will be a charge of $2.50 a day board and animals can be considered abandoned if not paid in full ,and claimed with in two weeks of that date. Sorry but I have had deposits down and the pick up dates were getting rather lengthy. Fields Of Grace retains the right to keep any kid of our choice and can return a deposit on any kid at our discretion.