Before You Buy
STOP. Ask yourself a few questions, especially if you are first-time goat owner.
Do you NEED goats - if so then why? Is this a passing fancy? What are the chances that you or your kids will get sick of the new "pet" within two months? Pretty good? Consider an alternative; goats are a lot of responsibility. Additionally, goats are herd animals - you need at least two. Until you are sure you want goats and can take care of them, I recommend wethers or does only.
Are you looking for a lawnmower? Then buy a lawnmower or a pair of sheep. Goats are ruminant browsers, which means they eat more shrubbery than grass.
Will your fence contain goats? Goats are difficult to fence in - they can jump, crawl, squeeze, and destroy. Tethering is dangerous - don't do it.
Will you offer a safe environment? Goats are PREY animals. Domestic and wild predators are a serious threat. Dogs that are not livestock-safe are especially dangerous. Not even excellent fencing is always enough deterrent, so you might also consider a livestock guardian animal. If you worry your own dog will harm goats, you probably don't need goats right now.
Will the goats have adequate shelter and forage or access to quality hay? Is your fencing and shelter ready NOW?
Are you prepared to spend money on things like dewormers, loose minerals, vaccines, and perhaps vet visits?
Do you have TIME to take care of animals?
Are you willing to learn how to care for them properly?
If you are ready to accept the responsibility of animal husbandry, great, but are you prepared for a long-term commitment? Goats can live into their teens!
"Yes" to all of those questions? Great!
"No" on any of those - please get prepared before you purchase goats. It will make it easier on you, sellers, and the animals!
If you want to learn more about goats, check out my page Goat Husbandry Resources. Don't hesitate to ask me questions, even if you choose not to purchase an animal from the farm. I am glad to help in any way I can!
I try my best to match goats with buyers - I want the goats to go to a good home and buyers to love their new animal. I will represent the animals as honestly as I can and provide information such as current health status, deworming records, kidding records when applicable, vaccine history, and biosecurity testing results - most current results are posted on the blog. All negative for CAE and Johnes. No history of CL in the herd.
I maintain the right to refuse to sell to anyone for any reason, including but not limited to:
How well you take care of your animals
You've already been a "tire-kicker"
If I am aware you are a "revolving door" type farm
If you intend to feed store-bought whole cow milk to a bottle baby
If you use Pat Coleby's mineral mix
If you deworm on a schedule or rotate dewormers
Be honest about your management, experience, and goals so I know if my animals will be a good match for you or not.
I have a PayPal account set up for deposits.
As of 2021, I do not take formal reservations on kids. I do keep a list of interested buyers and contact those buyers as kids are born. After kids are on the ground, then buyers may place a small deposit ($50) on the kid to hold it until weaning.
Deposits do go towards the total purchase price of the animal but are non-refundable if a buyer simply backs out of the sale. Deposits can be transferred to another animal or returned if the kid is injured, ill, develops any disqualifying traits, or meets an untimely demise.
Kids are weaned no younger than 10 weeks old. 12-16 weeks old (or older) is my preference.
Available kids are typically dam-raised but will be well-socialized. I will let you know what the kid's personality is like! Kids are typically disbudded. If you want a horned goat, I will gladly leave one horned but will require an additional ($50) deposit at birth. Again, non-refundable if you change your mind for any reason other than the kid becoming injured or ill, developing a disqualifying trait, or if the kid dies.
I do not typically offer grade bucklings or bucks of any breed. I do not believe every buckling is breeding quality, and most will be wethered.
In the event I sell a bred doe that will birth registrable offspring, she will come with a completed memo for an additional $75 over her asking price. This is only refundable if the doe is guaranteed bred via blood test or ultrasound.
I consider offering driveway breedings from TESTED, CLEAN herds only. The driveway breeding fee will depend on the buck used but will be either $50 or $75. I will not board does at this time.
If any goat(s) cannot be picked up at weaning or within two weeks of a deposit being placed, I will require a boarding fee of $15 a week to continue holding for you.
I am always happy to talk goat! Feel free to contact me with any questions.
PRICING DEPENDS ON THE QUALITY OF THE ANIMAL, BREED, AGE, PRODUCTION, ETC.
Kinder doelings start at $300
Kinder bucklings start at $300
Miniature LaMancha doelings typically start at $250
FINAL PRICING WILL BE DETERMINED AFTER KIDS ARE BORN.