E&M Farms raises ADGA Purebred Nubian Goats. We are members of the American Dairy Goat Associan Plus programs (ADGA Plus member). Our goal is to raise high quality Nubian goats and improve their blood line for milking and showing (see our Show page). We milked 7 in the 2016 season and milked 8 in the 2017 season. Milking 11 during the 2018.
We hosted Linear Appraisal here at the farm for 2018 (with two other farms joining us). We had good dry weather this year. We have started talking about once again hosting LA for 2019.
Our herd is tested for Caprine Arthritis Encaphlitis (CAE) and Johnness every year. Tests for CAE are required every year, even with closed herds. This years test was in June 2018 and came back negitive.
We are on OS40 AR, owner sampler milk testing for the past four year. We have 6 does who have earned their stars.
All of our bucks are G6S Normal (by test) and have DNA tests on record. In 2018 we added some new bucks to our herd. These bucks were G6s and DNA tested.
Each goat has a "lead" chain on them to help control them. The chain "breaks away" easily if they get caught on something. When one goat shows up without thier chain, we walk the fence line to find it and put it back on.
We have a seperate buck pen that we house our bucks. Right now we have 2 bucks (herd sires) that are kept out in the "buck" area. They have a dry shed to stay in if the the weather is wet. Most goats do not want thier feet wet, they will come running to the barn or shed to keep dry. The young bucks are kept in a lean-too by the barn and will be moved out early winter to the buck area.
We are keeping 3 doelings and one buckling from the 2018 kiddings. We kept 5 doelings from the 2016 crop. Little Bit, Pandora, Juno, Penelope and Selene. We have kept 3 doelings out of the 2017, Mia, Buttercup and Jasmine. Mia and Buttercup are litter mates.
We also have herd shares for milk. e-mail us for more info on herd shares. We also make cheese and butter with the milk.
We get asked about livestock guardains. We have two Great Pyrenees, both females. Arwin, the oldest, and the calmest. Then there is Tauriel, the youngest. Both do a good job of guarding the herd (and the cattle), since we got them working we have not lost any chickens or ducks to predators. Neither have messed with the goats (or the chickens), but Tauriel will chase and run with the babies if they get excided and run. As she ages, it is not as bad as it was.