What a year 2016 has been for the herd! As in most years, we’ve enjoyed some incredible highs and a few lows, but overall we are pleased with our success and the progress we’ve towards our breeding goals and management of our farm. A major highlight of the year was our family’s journey to the 2016 National Dairy Goat Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was an undertaking for sure (a trailer load of goats, a full truck and a cross-country road trip), but it was ultimately a rewarding week with tough competition from across the nation. We love Nationals as well for the friendships we both make and renew year in and year out.
The remainder of summer was spent making improvements around the farm (a new buck shelter was purchased!), prepping for linear appraisal, and taking the herd out to a few fairs. We enjoyed a mostly mild summer filled with many lovely days in the garden. Some exciting genetics were added to the herd as well, with new bucks from Michigan and Washington, as well as a new Alpine doe line to mix things up while hopefully staying on track towards our goals of herd improvement.
The majority of the herd is now bred and so now we look forward to the slower pace of farm life for the next few months. We are very excited about our breeding list this year and have already received confirmations from our first round of breedings. It should be an interesting spring filled with anticipation, cute baby goats, and promising milking yearlings. But we are of course also excited for a break as we get ready for the holidays and the goats happily hunker down and ready themselves for the colder weather. Thank you for your interest in our animals and our farm and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!