All of our animal pages have been updated, including the Senior doe page, the Junior doe page, and the Bucks page. I have added many more pictures to the Farm Pictures page and gone through and cleaned up several other pages. We have also added a buck to the For Sale page and will be posting more animals for sale very soon.
I've been working all day today getting the website updates with new pictures, info, wins, appraisals, etc. I have finished the senior doe and junior doe pages. I will work on the buck page tomorrow.
We will be adding to our For Sale page very soon.
We hosted an ADGA Linear Appraisal session at the farm yesterday. We had a great time and learned SO much about our herd. The linear appraisal program is a great tool and we plan on continuing to participate every year. Thank you to all of the herds that participated. Here are our scores for the year. We are very pleased with these scores, considering we had a very critical (yet extremely friendly and informative!) appraiser and we are seeing great improvements in our breeding program after only four years.
Jasper Pine EP Majestic (FF) VVVV 87
Jasper Pine SHH Trixie VEEA 86
Gypsy Moon SB Muse +EE+ 85
Twin Willows SB American Honey +VV+ 85
Twin Willows TIO Bellissima (FF) +VVV 85
Twin Willows TIO Belle Aire (FF) +VV+ 85
Gypsy Moon Kat von D +EE+ 84
Jasper Pine Precious VEEA 83
Twin Willows AM Betina D'Gatto (FF) ++VA 80
Helmstead Minis FF Scorch VVV 87
Jasper Pine TN Top It Off (OH) +EE 86
Parrish Farms AA Dionysus +VV 82
Sinai Thunder AG Joshua +++ 82
Twin Willows AM Baron von Brio (OH) A+V 80
Young Stock Does:
Twin Willows S Cataleena ++V (+)
Twin Willows S Carlotta ++V (+)
Twin WIllows S Carolina ++V (+)
Twin Willows S Cleopatra V+V (V)
Twin Willows S Citska ++V (+)
Twin Willows S Cyndirella +VV (+)
Twin Willows J Delilah +++ (+)
Twin Willows J Dream Catcher +++ (+)
Twin Willows J Diva Hiyabina +++ (+)
Photography by Shelby Price
Our herd is hosting an ADGA Linear Appraisal session this coming Monday starting at 8am. An appraiser will score each animal as compared to the breed ideal standard and assign a final score. We will have three additional Nigerian herds participating. We would like to invite potential goat owners, newbies and seasoned breeders to attend.
Our address is
Twin Willows Farm
637 N County Road 400 W
Logansport, IN 46947
Some seating is available but please feel free to bring your own comfy chair and a covered dish to share. We are providing donuts and coffee in the morning and brats and hotdogs for lunch.
Here is our Spring Kid Crop. All animals available for sale will be added to the For Sale Page. Lots of wethers available for $125 each. Call 765-337-4348 to reserve or to visit.
Update 6/11/15--Wethers are going FAST! If you want some, don't wait and miss out!
UPDATE 6/12/15--ONLY FIVE WETHERS LEFT! Check For Sale Page.
Kid count: 13 bucks, 9 does were born from seven does last week.
Pictures will be taken and uploaded very soon. All does have been retained for the moment, but we will have at least 10 pet wethers available very soon for $125 each.
Twin Willows Farm is a country oasis
Erica Quinlan, Field Editor
Saturday, May 02, 2015 4:00 PM
Erica Hopkins stands surrounded by her herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats. After a long day at work, Hopkins enjoys lying in the grass and spending time with her animals.
LOGANSPORT, Ind. – Erica Hopkins’ goat farm sits on six acres of rolling hills, pastures and lakes in northern Indiana.Goats and turkeys graze on the fields in Hopkins' backyard. From her bedroom window, she has a perfect view of Twin Willows Farm.
Hopkins started the farm with husband, Brandon, and parents, Larry and Kathleen McCarter, in May of 2011. Since then, the goat herd has grown significantly, from three to more than 30 Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats.
How long have you raised goats?
We bought our first goats in May 2011, so we are celebrating our four-year anniversary.
What’s the demand like for goats?
The demand is very good if you can consistently produce high quality animals that excel in conformation with the ability to produce a lot of good quality, high butterfat milk. We sell many does and wethers to 4-H kids for projects.
Our animals have started or helped to start many other herds, and we have seen a very high demand for pet wethers. We castrate 99 percent of bucks born, and we sell out of them very quickly. We usually have a waitlist for wethers, so many times they are spoken for as soon as they are born.
What do you like about raising goats?
They are so loving and so very smart. They can learn their names and you can teach them to respond to what you want them to do. You really can build relationships with them and teach them to trust you.
Has it been a challenge to learn how to raise goats?
I really enjoy the challenge of striving to consistently produce better animals with each generation. It’s a lot harder than it looks. Raising them well is a lot harder than it looks, too.
It’s been a huge learning experience for all of us. It is mostly joyous, but there is a lot of heartbreak, too. Every day I learn something new that I didn’t know yesterday, and every incident is a learning experience.
Do you show your goats?
When we first started with Nigerians, we went to many (American Dairy Goat Association) shows, and our animals won many championships in the ring. We still love to show our goats, but we have recently cut way back on the number of shows we attend.
Last year, we entered our herd on the 305-day Standard DHI milk test, and six out of the eight does that were tested earned their milk stars, including three homegrown first fresheners. Since then, we have been focusing more on the production aspect of farming.
What do you want for the future of your farm?
We have an ADGA Linear Appraisal scheduled this June so that we can better learn the strengths and weaknesses of each animal and help us plan the future direction for our herd.
Erica Quinlan can be reached at 317-726-5391, ext. 4, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.
We have seven does due the second week of May. Udders are looking absolutely amazing! Stay tuned! =)
Here are first pictures of two beautiful little doe kids out of Twin Willows SB American Honey *M, sired by Sinai Thunder AG Joshua *B*S. They were born January 26, 2015.
This sweet little red and white doe is Twin Willows J Delilah. She has been retained to our herd.
This beautiful, correct little munchkin is Twin Willows J Dream Catcher. She is cream/white and will be available, preferably to a DHI herd. Her price is $625. I will get updated pictures when they unfold.
This morning at 4:30am, Twin Willows SB American Honey delivered two gorgeous does sired by Sinai Thunder AG Joshua *B *S. One doe will be retained to our herd, and the other will be available for purchase.