Thank you for your interest in our herd! We live in the Bluff Country of southeastern Minnesota and our family has been raising dairy goats since 1970. Our goats have been central to our many adventures as a family, through breeding, showing across the country, attending ADGA National Shows and conventions, participating in committee work for the Minnesota Dairy Goat Association and the American Dairy Goat Association, or just socializing with a variety of people who appreciate fine dairy goats.
In 2005, we were honored to be recognized by the ADGA Pioneer Program at the National Convention for our contributions to the Association and to dairy goat genetics. The genetics of our French Alpines are rooted in some classic Alpine herds, including Laurelwood Acres, Ray-Mar, Mooncrest, Hoach’s, Missdee’s, and Sunshine.
Our “A” line of Alpines are all direct descendents of a doe purchased in the early 1970’s: GCH Mooncrest Ms. Amity. Our Alpine breeding program has obviously progressed significantly since that time, and we are proud of maintaining a purebred French Alpine herd that is nationally competitive.
Our Toggenburgs link back in some way to the 1991 Spotlight Sale buck, ++*B Nimrodel Opera’s Chivas Osage, a buck we purchased at the 1991 ADGA Spotlight Sale. The “R” Toggenburg line began with two does purchased from the Cobbler’s Knob herd of Toggenburgs in the late 1980s, while the “W” line began with a doe purchased in the early 1990s from the Dairy Delight herd. The Sunshine and Marshland herds have also made major genetic contributions to our Toggenburgs.
Our “flagship” show each year is the Minnesota State Fair, and we consistently attend the ADGA National Show, the Iowa State Fair, and a number of club shows in the upper Midwest. The Minnesota State Fair is the event that is closest to our hearts, and we have shown our animals at that event every year since 1980. Over the years we are proud of our herd’s consistently strong performance there.
We highly value production and it is definitely emphasized in our breeding program. Though we were on official DHIA production testing for many years, we stopped testing due to cost. However, in 2016 we began Owner Sampler DHI-AR, so records are available for 2016 and have continued for 2017. In 2016, every animal on test earned their milking star.
Kid Program- Kids are raised on a CAEV prevention program. All births are attended, all kids are removed immediately at birth, and raised on pasteurized goat milk from CAE negative does only (tested annually in the winter prior to kidding). Does are vaccinated for CDT 30 days prior to kidding. Kids are given Bovi-Sera, Bar Guard 99, Bo-Se, and Calf Guard at birth, and heat treated colostrum from CAE negative does. Coccidia prevention begins at 4 weeks of age using Di-Methox and kids are given a CDT booster at 1 and 2 months of age. At 1 month, kids are also given the pneumonia vaccine, Inforce-3. Kids are fed via lambar 3 times per day and weaned by 12 weeks of age. If you have any additional questions regarding the health and management of our herd, do not hesitate to contact us. For information on purchasing a Kara-Kahl or Legendairy animal, please go to the new Ordering Info tab on the menu.
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Once again, thank you for your interest in Kara Kahl Farm!
Emily, Mary or Doug Thompson
9723 Mound Prairie Drive
Houston, MN 55943
5519 Greenleaf Drive