Meet The Goats
Our milkers are Saanens, a dairy breed developed in Switzerland for high milk production.
They are all white in color and generally have a calm, friendly disposition. They are all good producers and make very smooth, creamy, subtly flavored milk.
Aqua is our star milker, from the Caprikorn Farm herd in Maryland. She is listed on the USDA top ten goat milkers for 2013. She produces at least a gallon and a half of milk a day. Aqua is four years old and is a bit wide. Because she's so productive she spends hours each day eating to maintain her six gallon rumen. Aqua has a blue collar.
Mia is four years old and a bit shy. We just dried Mia off so that she can have a rest before we breed her again. She has a red collar.
Meadow is one of the newest goats to join the herd, also from the Caprikorn Farm in Maryland. She about two years old. Meadow has been milking since Spring, 2014. She has a yellow and green collar and some of her hair is just a bit longer on her back.
Matilda is also new to the herd as she arrived when Meadow did. She is two years old and has been milking since Spring, 2014. Matilda has a delightfully uneven udder and waddles on her neck. She is still growing but is filling out nicely due to her love of grain. Matilda wears a black collar with one red link.
Acela is a very sweet goat. She is five years old and has been milking since Spring 2013. Acela's teats are unmistakable, as they both point out to either side and can squirt you up your sleeve when milking her if you're not careful! Acela also has a black beauty mark on her left cheek. She takes her time eating her feed on the milk stand and we often leave her in the stand to finish her food while we start cleaning up after milking. Acela wears a green collar. Acela serves as herd look-out, standing on the rock in the yard if there is any activity.
Fanny is another one of our most productive goats. She just gave birth on March 2nd and is one of our newly freshened does. She has very short legs and lots of hair. She's got a very distinguished beard and lots of curly hair on her belly. She isn't to be messed with, keeping all the other goats in check. Fanny wears a green collar.
Alice is another one of our newly freshened does. She gave birth on March 14th. She is new to the milking stand as this was her first time kidding. She keeps to herself and is a gentle goat who likes attention from people. Alice is also one of the most vocal goats we have. And, she's the only goat we've ever seen who is able to clean her own udder and roll on her back and still be able to get up!
Belle is one of two La Mancha/Saanen cross does that we have in our herd. She is currently dry and we are going to try and breed her this Fall. She is a little bit of a bully and likes to boss the younger goats around. Despite her bossy nature, Belle has a very gentle, whiny voice which she'll often use when you approach her. She has tiny ears, as is a distinguishing feature among the La Mancha breed, and wears a red collar.
Sophie is the other La Mancha/Saanen cross doe that we have in the herd. She is unafraid of electric fences and likes to go from one pasture to the other no matter where we'd like her to be! She's a very sweet goat despite her free spirit and often likes to hang out with the milking heard.
Custard is our third newly freshened doe. She also gave birth on March 14th to a lovely set of twins. She is a Nubian/Saanen cross with very floppy ears. Her hair is tan during the Summer months but turns darker as the weather gets colder. Custard is Fanny's daughter and has inherited her heavy milk production, which we are thrilled about!
Tammy is Acela's daughter and is the first goat who was born on the farm. She is still growing, but once we breed her she should transition easily into the milking herd. Tammy is about two years old, wears a red collar and likes affection.
Bobby the Wether
Bobby is our male goat companion for the herd. He is quite large and just seems to keep getting larger as he ages. He keeps the non-milkers company in the other barn and pasture and serves as one of the longest standing goats at the farm. He is quite gentle, but very strong due to his size.