For the past three years, we have enjoyed attending open dairy goat shows, and we have had some exciting wins with our animals. This year we have decided to pare down our show schedule, and we will be focusing more on production aspects of goat keeping.
Our breeding stock is currently in the process of being dual registered with AGS (American Goat Society) so that our herd may participate in the AGS Classification program. This will enable each individual animal in our herd to be assigned a score based on the ideal dairy goat. We are really looking forward to learning more about each individual animal and our herd as a whole.
We have also entered our herd into the ADGA 305 day Standard milk production program, and we will be holding our first test of the year in a couple of weeks. This DHIR (Dairy Herd Improvement for the Registry) program consists of monthly production testing on all does who are lactating. The milk produced by each doe in a 24 hour period is weighed and sampled, and that sample is sent to the lab to be evaluated for content and quality. The program helps us to learn more about our animals, to plan for the future, and contributes to the advancement of the breed as a whole.
We will be very busy in the next couple of weeks as our spring babies are born. And just as our spring kidding schedule completes, we will be holding our first annual Spring Open House! This is an event that we hope to hold every year, and it gives the public a chance to visit the farm, meet the new babies, and learn about different aspects of goat keeping, and have FUN! Have you reserved your FREE tickets yet??