Years ago we started off with two goats, a mother and her doeling. For beginners, this was a great way to start off in the goat world. With her mother by her side, we didn't need to worry about weaning a baby goat. Goats can be easy keepers until they are not. With the help of a mentor we made it through the first year. There is a lot to learn about goat care. Goats are ruminants and can be plagued with parasite problems. With parasites becoming drug resistant we wanted to raise our goats as naturally as possible. We use good hygiene in the pens, pasture rotation, herbal wormers and most importantly a good healthy diet of forage, antibiotic free grain, Chaffhaye, locally raised hay, and vegetables and herbs we grow at the farm. We are currently doing some clinical trials on lunar herbal worming and Bioworma. This involves monthly fecal testing and good documentation. It will take 6-12 months to collect all the data but always searching for natural ways to improve the health of the herd.
There is nothing more relaxing and uplifting than watching baby goats hopping around the yard. We were hooked. Breeding became a passion about sharing that joy. If you are interested in goats please contact us for more information and to get on our waitlist. We do not take deposits for the waitlist. When babies are born we then take 50% non-refundable deposits and encourage you to come visit your babies while they grow. Babies go home at 12 weeks which is the normal time frame that moms have started weaning their babies.
We carefully screen potential clients to make sure our babies will be well taken care of with educated families. We spend considerable time with our goats training them to be friendly and trusting of their human herd so they are ready to be with future families. Nothing is more disappointing than going home with new goats who seems afraid of you. That will not happen with our goats. We also feel it is important to spend just as much time with clients if they are new to having goats. We strongly encourage visits to the farm before purchasing goats.
As many goat owners do, we started off with Nigerian Dwarf Goats. We wanted smaller pets with the potential to show and milk. They have strong personalities and are very playful. We have since added Mini Tennessee Fainting goats or Mini Myotonic Fainting Goats and Mini Silkie Fainting Goats. They have become my favorite! They are strictly bred as pets. They are extremely friendly and gentle. They hop around as babies but as they grow older are very content animals. They rarely challenge a fence and certainly do not jump as adults. All of our adults will quietly walk up to you and wait to be brushed, fed or loved on. These goats are perfect for young toddlers or children with disabilities. We offer a stud service only to clients who have purchased goats from us in the past. Realizing so many goats in our area are now related to our bucks we have brought in new lines and welcome our new bucks!! We did a breeder swap. This is often the practice between breeders to diversify the blood lines.
All are babies are polled or disbudded. All goats male or female have horns unless polled. Polled means they are missing the gene to grow horns. We disbudd at 5-10 days old before the horns grow. The cells that would become the horns are cauterized. If you prefer horns the full payment is taken by 5 days old as we can not change the fact that they will have horns after that. Nothing wrong with horns. With goat yoga we prefer not to have them. I do love horns on my bucks!! It's a personal choice. Scurs are a few cells that get missed that result a a small keratin growth. Usually very small on does and often fall off and regrow. They tend to rub them off on trees. Bucks are very difficult to not have scurs due to their testosterone but certainly possible. There is never a guarantee there will not be scurs. Again, another reason to visit the farm to see what that may look like.
We do have a waitlist but do not take deposits until the babies are born. I do send an email about a month before to make sure you are still in the market or if the timing isn't right I can keep you on the list for the next round of babies. I like to talk to customers to see what breed and sex they want. I can then in the conversation help you figure that out depending on the size of your property. As babies hit the ground I call folks on the waitlist. They may pick out a baby or pass if they are looking for certain colors. I do try to place siblings together first or at least those born at the same time. We take 50% at that time which is non-refundable. If you change your mind at the time of pick up please realize I have sent potential customers to other farms once I have placed all the babies. During the time you are waiting for them to go home I send home a 4 page email on instructions of what you need when they go home and why.
I like to keep babies for 10-12 weeks. It just depends how they mature. Some are ready at 9-10 weeks and some not until 12. I want them to be friendly and some take those extra weeks. Some are just socially immature and need more time with mom even though they may be super friendly. Some moms are so good the babies delay eating grain. Could I sell those at 8 weeks? Yes. Is it the right thing to do for certain babies? No. They stress of the move could be a lot for them which sets them up for worm stress and coccidia. So when you leave a deposit you have an estimated time of pick up. I call about 2 weeks before they are ready and together we set up a day and time that works for both of us. . Just please know that is a scheduled appointment once set. When we set the appointment I reserve at least 2 hours if needed to answer last minute questions, show you how to read worm sampling and how to trim hooves. That means I rearrange my schedule to not have workers here at the farm. I don't schedule any visits from other families and schedule deliveries around that time. If you change that appointment it is at a cost of $5 a goat a day because it will require me to rearrange another day which can change my whole week. I also am very scheduled on pasture management and rotation. Certain goats are placed together for reasons and having the babies after that time can mess up my rotations schedule. I want customers to understand what occurs on my end. I have been way too lenient in the past with people cancelling for a little rain, family coming to visit or a birthday party. It really is a stress on my part and need people to appreciate that.
Green Pastures Rigby
Grand champion lines
Just wait for the pictures!!! This guy is stunning with his moon spots. Rigby is a Tennessee Myotonic. This is the short haired fainting goat. Originally a meat goat, these fainters were breed down in size with Nigerian dwarf goats to get the miniature fainting goat. These are pet goats not the big bulky meat goats. Rigby has a 5 grand champions in his direct line.
All our bucks are chosen for particular characteristics but Rigby certainly has the the pedigree to back it up.
Lil Keepsake Bustin Loose AKA Topher
4th generation pedigree
This handsome boy is only 9 months in this picture. He is already off to a great start with his coat. I Can't wait to see when it's all grown in.
Creekside Farm Lavinia Andronicus CCG
5th generation pedigree
Livi is a great mom. She has triplets every year and they are just beautiful. She faints easily especially at hoof trimming time! She loves her veggies! I grow lots of veggies on the farm for the goats and there isn't anything she would pass up!
Creekside Farm Luciana CCG
5th generation pedigree
Lucy-loo is the loudest eater! Poor think grunts when she eats and it's so unlady like! She was the most submissive goat in the herd until she became a mom. I almost sold her because I felt so bad about how shy she was. Once she became a mom and learned to defend her babies she blended much easier into the herd.
Green Pastures Greta CCG
MGR # E9836
Like her sister Gracie, Greta too has a double registered sire with long hair and short haired dam. She has long hair on her back legs that I refer to as pantaloonS
Green Pastures Grace
MGR # E9835
This little girl has a double registered mini silkie sire and Tennessee dam. She has short hair but has potential to throw long haired or shaggy coated babies. She is very hard to get a good picture because she is always under foot when I am around
Critter Creek Millie
Millie is the daughter of Greta and Finn. Finn is a mini silkie fainting goat with a gorgeous long coat. Millie is already growing a soft fluffy coat. I am anxious to see the coat when full grow. She will remain a very small doeling.
Green Pastures Lottie Dah
Lottie has a heart on her back that is so sweet. She is an easy fainter. Also, has permanent Grand Champions lines.
Green Pastures Emmie
This girl has the thickest winter coat I have ever experienced. Its so soft you want to runs your fingers through her hair. Thankfully she loves a brush out too! She also has Grand Champion Lines.
Green Pastures Gemma
Gemma has long hair that does show up in the short haired myotonics from time to time but she is all myotonic. She has 7 champion lines including a Reserve National Champion
Fern Creek Farm Cordelia CC
Cordi was my first mini silkie goat. She has a half coat. Not long to the ground like my other ones. I was intimidated by the upkeep so started with the shorter coat. Truthfully there is very little maintenance. I do brush her for yoga so she looks her best but her hair never mats.
Green Pastures Alice
4th Generation Pedigree
Alice is super tiny. I wait until the fainters are 2 years old before breeding because they are slow growers. Everyone thinks she is still a baby.
Critter Creek Farm Harper (Alice's baby)
Harper is Alice's baby. She was just such a cute baby and stole my heart I had to keep her. They get a good shampoo and brush out in spring. They have very long coats and I love the spring grooming! They are so small I just pick them up and put them in the garage sink.
Green Pastures Poppy CCG
Poppy's coat is called "blue" in the mini silkie world. She faints very easily and is very affectionate! I can't wait to watch her grow up and she what her coat looks lik