We had been looking for a second species to add to the farm and gave pigs and sheep a try. This didn't work for various reasons (who knew pigs needed so much water? Who knew that sheep actually flock?). So what about goats? While visiting the meat goat herd at TSU in Nashville was informative, it also showed us that meat goats weren't for us. Smaller is better in our case and the Dexters keep our freezers full with meat. Dairy goats it would be and Nigerian Dwarf goats were the obvious choice. We've never regretted it. There's something about a little goat jumping on the milk stand, ready to go to work, that makes your heart sing. The milk is rich and sweet, ideal for yogurt, cheese and ice cream. The downside is, of course that the littles can't compete with the full-sized breeds when it comes to volume. Since the farm is housing several people during the coronavirus pandemic, we've decided to sell several beloved NDs and add an Oberhasli and an Alpine / Oberhasli doe. We'll continue breeding NDs and will also offer mini milkers.
Our small flock of Buckeye chickens keeps us in eggs and provides us with the odd roast. They are a dual-purpose breed, large, plump and friendly, with a rich reddish-brown (buckeye) coloring. They usually "help" with feeding, milking, checking on the cattle or any other chore. They are wonderful foragers and do a good job of keeping the fly population down in the warm months.
Old Mountain Farm StagLee x Bramblestone CQ Peach Tea
We jumped at the opportunity to bring StagLee's first son to Tennessee. Old Mountain Farm fans will understand!
Bramblestone CQ Patrick Quinn *B x Cool Springs SZ Violet 7*M
Will be registered
Lil' Hill Farm RVW Riptide *B x Bit O' Hope TE Tinkerbell
All charm and sweetness, Pixie is the goat that Dave likes to milk best.
Bramblestone CQ Patrick Quinn * B x Bit O' Hope Tink's Pixiedust