Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be attending the Open Dairy Goat show in Evansville this weekend.
Our final doe show of the season is quickly upon us. We will be busy this week shaving goats, trimming hooves, and of course, milking like mad. Our ladies are looking very shaggy since they have not been shown for a month, but I'm glad I waited because it's much more dramatic when you wait to see the results after shaving. I think everyone is excited for this last big hurrah of the season. I am most excited that Tator Tot will be making her debut as a senior doe. Following this show, all of the does will be dried up to prepare for breeding in Oct/Nov. If you have not browsed the kidding schedule yet, head on over and take a look. We have some great pairings for Spring planned, and reservations for kids are now open.
If you are in or around the Evansville, Indiana area next weekend (July 28), come see us! We will be at the Vanderburg County Fairgrounds for the Open Class Dairy Goat Show all day. Hope to see you there!
. . .to the For Sale page. Tito is available for $100. Triple registered yearling wether.
Udder pics are now posted on each individual doe's pedigree page.
Spring pairings are now updated on the Kidding Schedule page, and reservations are now open. We will be breeding this Oct/Nov for March/April kids.
Also, I am working on updating pics and getting udder pics uploaded. New pics of Uncle & Mischief have been uploaded, and udder pics of Airianna added to her page. Udder pics are available on each doe's pedigree page. Going to try to remember to get more udder pics at tonight's milking (of Tator, Kat, Lady, and Trixie)
We had a wonderful time at the fair this week. We saw some old friends and made some new ones. The most important part of participating in the fair, is that we got the chance to introduce the Nigerian Dwarf breed to our 4H Community. This coming 4H season, we will have two of our own children exhibiting the Nigerian Dwarf breed in Cass County. We would LOVE to have some competition. If you have been thinking about raising Nigerians for next years 4H fair, contact me to make an appointment for a visit to Twin Willows to get a hands on feel for the breed.
In other news, our lotions and soaps were a big hit! If you missed the opportunity to visit our booth at the fair, our products are now available to order on the Goat Milk Lotion & Soap page. Thanks to everyone who purchased our products, and to those who spent time at our booth "talking goat." See you next year at the fair!
If you haven't been to the Cass County 4H Fair yet, tonight is your LAST CHANCE to visit our booth. We will be set up in Merchants Building ONE from 5pm-9pm tonight and then we will be dismantling. If you can't make it, don't worry! We are now offering our lotions and soaps here on our website. We really would like to see you at the fair though! Come see us!
Reservations are now open for our last breeding of the year. September kids from Jasper Pine Precious and Gypsy Moon MO Starbuck. For this outcross breeding we are bringing together two Nigerian Dwarf foundation lines, Brush Creek and Goodwood. Each animal brings with them strong udder genetics. Precious has tremendous body capacity, correct feet and legs, and a well defined brisket. She also has incredible width throughout. We hope that Starbuck can bring his great dairy character to their kids. Visit the kidding schedule page for further details.
There are many myths regarding goats. A common myth is that goats will eat anything, including tin cans and plastic. This is not true, and actually most of them are very picky eaters. Goats do, however, love to browse for leaves, brambles, bark and ivy. We don't specifically use ours for lawn mowers, but they can clear out a pasture or woods in no time flat. Here is a real life example of what five goats (and a mini donkey) can do in a mere fours days time.
Update #1- Our Luxury Goat Milk Lotion and Soap page is now active. All orders will be shipped within 24 hours upon completion of your Paypal payment. Shipping is prix fixe, so the more you order, the more you save!
Update #2 - In anticipation of the Spring kidding season which is upon us, I have set up our website to take deposits on kid reservations. Planned breedings will be announced soon so keep watching! Please see the kidding schedule for more details.
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