FAQ - Hefty Goat Holler Farm
1. Bottle Babies
I typically do not offer bottle kids. I primarily dam-raise at this point, so kids are only put on a bottle if there is an issue with dam or kids (multiples, low milk production, rejection etc.) and that happens very rarely. I will not pull a kid off of a dam just because a buyer wants a bottle baby. 2. Bucklings
I typically do NOT offer grade bucklings. *Very* few exceptions are herds and folks I know well. If you don’t need papers, there are plenty of other breeders out there happy to accommodate you. I do not plan on offering Miniature LaMancha bucklings any time soon, as there are many longer-established breeders than I, with the LA scores (from LaMancha and Nigerian Dwarf stock), prodigy, and production numbers to back up their bucks. I want to choose only the few best Kinders to offer as buck prospects, again because there are many breeders with the numbers and history to back up their herds.
I do NOT breed for color – neither on coats or eyes. I breed for a healthy, productive animal and to improve conformation, first and foremost. Color is not a consideration in breeding plans. I love colorful goats – I have favorite colors – but color is just the icing on the cake, not the cake. Kinders can NEVER have blue eyes. Miniature LaManchas can and many of mine do, but that was not by design, just a happy coincidence.
At this time, I do not offer shipping. Generally, buyers will need to be able to pick up at the farm or in a nearby town, such as Harrison, AR. 5. Vaccinations The only vaccine I routinely give is the CDT vaccine.
6. Biosecurity Testing The majority of my animals have come from CL-free herds with long-time negative CAE and Johnes results. Everything old enough to test was tested for CAE and Johnes in spring and fall 2018 through WADDL- all negative. No evidence nor history of CL abscesses! Unfortunately, I was not able to test in 2019 but will be testing in 2020. Personally, I am not concerned that the herd has any positives since the animals I bring in are from negative herds and I do not show nor borrow or lease goats. But I still like to get them tested annually or at the very least, bi-annually. 7. Coccidia prevention I do not practice "typical" coccidia prevention where kids are given a small dosage of coccidiostat either through an oral treatment or a feed supplement. Instead, I try to keep feeders as clean as possible, the barns and sheds clean, and not over-crowd. Coccidia oocysts are also susceptible to sunlight! I believe some exposure helps their immune systems develop a health response. For more information, check out the other posts under "Goat Husbandry."