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About Pemberley Acres Dairy Goats

 

I hope you enjoy this section of our web site.  Here you can learn about our history, herd health, and management practices.

 

Lucy M and me at the 2007 Virginia State Dairy Goat Show.  This was my last year of eligibility for the Youth Show and we went out with a bang!  Lucy and I won Senior Showmanship (my first and last time at the State Fair), Linnet was Reserve Champion Jr. and Marta was Reserve Champion Sr.

 

 

How it all got started...

 

In the year 1995 our family decided to take the plunge and start our own herd of high quality llamas.  At that point in time the we were living in a northern Virginian suburb, but found a nearby llama farm to  board our first llamas.  Besides llamas, the farm owners, Steve and Renee Orr, had a large herd on Nigerian Dwarf goats.  Within fifteen minutes of my parents' first visit to the Orrs, one of the Nigerians walked up to Mom and untied her shoelace: and the rest is history!

 

For several years, the we maintained a small pleasure herd and, though not showing, always placed great concentration on maintaining excellent herd health.  We registered the entire herd  with the American Goat Society under the herd name SIDES.  In 2001, I took interest in raising and showing dairy goats and was placed in charge of the herd with the goal of breeding high quality milkers.

 

In 2004, the we purchased their first American Alpine doeling and in 2005 I welcomed GCH Bearly STORM-E Thunder 2*D to the herd as a foundation doe for my Alpine breeding program.  With the new Alpine additions and the opening of the American Dairy Goat Associationís Nigerian herdbook, the our family established a new herd name with both ADGA and AGS:  Pemberley Acres.

 

Herd Health

 

Pemberley Acres is a CAE free herd and are raised an a CAE prevention program.  All goats over six months of age are tested every fall.  We have never had a contagious abscess.  Although we do not regularly test the herd for TB or Brucellosis, all tested animals (llamas included) have tested negative.  Virginia is also a TB and Brucellosis free state.

 

Our goal is to maintain a herd of excellent health.  We believe proper husbandry and herdsmanship are the best forms of herd maintenance and disease prevention.  Although being organic would be nice, Mom and I don't hesitate to pull out the antibiotics.  We would rather use something created in a laboratory and save our goats than watch one die. The entire herd is routinely vaccinated twice a year.  Selenium supplement shots are given as needed (breeding seasons, boosters before & after kidding, etc.).  We also practice an aggressive deworming program, deworming every six weeks and as needed.  Kids are fed a feed containing a coccidian stat.

 

Herd Maintenance

 

Our family maintains four separate pastures that the goats are rotated through at different points of the year.  We have a buck pen a short ways down our driveway.  We've found that keeping the bucks out of sight of the does keeps them from a year-round rut, which makes everyone happy.  They have year round free access to pasture, orchard grass hay, water, and a salt block.  Minerals and are selectively fed.

 

The does spend most of the year in our largest pasture and have free, year-round access to clean water, pasture, orchard grass hay, salt blocks, minerals and baking soda.  During the winter the does are moved across the road to two smaller pastures where there is a larger, more insolated barn where all the girls can bed down during the chilly winter nights.  To minimize stress, I grain the does through the winter.  Milkers are grained at least twice a day and given leafy Montana alfalfa hay.

 

Kids are weaned off the bottle at approximately nine weeks of age.  They are regularly grained with a feed containing coccidian stats.  Dry yearlings are maintained a diet consisting mostly of orchard grass hay, a little grain, and all they can forage to assist their growth but keep them from getting to... over conditioned.

 

 

I hope I've covered everything, but please contact me with any questions you have!

 

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