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Farm Name: Birch Creek

Year Farm Established: 2006

Location: Brazil, IN

Years I’ve been farming: 7 years

Animals I raise: 1 Geriatric Horse, 14 chickens, 4 goats (so far), a dog, and 2 kids(of the human variety)!

Hobbies I enjoy: Horseback riding, gardening, needle crafts, painting, making goat milk soap, taking photos, being on the farm!

Club/Associations memberships: ADGA

The proudest moment on my farm: The first time our son got the hang of milking a cow at just 2 years old!

Pets: Brittany Spaniel - Cali (Rebel's Calamity Jane), Horse - Sandy (grade QH)

Farm Motto: Rain and dirt are good things.


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  Sables
The herdname is Klisse's.
The website is http://sabledairygoats.org/
HTH.

Come visit me, Buttin'Heads 2010 Kids & Buttin'Heads Dairy Goats.

02/03/2010 07:23.12 PM Report This Comment  
  How funny!
Buttin'Heads - it's so funny that you would suggest a farm in T.H. ~ that's where I grew up! I live about 20 miles east of there now. Ya know, I briefly thought about Sables a few years back when I first started looking into goats. I would definitely choose them over Saanens (no offense anyone) because I just have a thing against all-white animals. I just love variety and color in my life, and I want to be able to tell them apart from a distance! Maybe I'll pay that farm a visit since they're so close. . .Thanks for the reminder!

Lauras Homestead - I'll def. have to stop by your blog! I have one as well dairyfarmerswife.blogspot.com if anyone wants to check it out!

Come visit me, Birch Creek.

02/02/2010 07:26.34 PM Report This Comment  
  You're not nuts!
Thanks for visiting my "farm."
You might try visiting Indiana Dairy Goat Association website, idga.net, to find about goat breeders in your area. I know there's a major Sable & LaMancha breeder in Terre Haute. Sables might be another breed to consider. They're colored Saanens, so you get all the colors (and more) of the Alpines, but the gentle Saanen temperament.

Come visit me, Buttin'Heads 2010 Kids & Buttin'Heads Dairy Goats.

01/28/2010 06:48.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for visiting!
A trailriding horse camp sounds so fun!

Come visit me, FairyTale Ranch.

01/22/2010 10:08.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi From Sumterville Fl
My two dairy goat does are Oberhasli (which is another swiss breed). I found them on Craigslist and took my chances that they would turn out to be what I needed, they did. I could not find a breeder in my area, I wanted to start with registered Nubians but could not find any and was really wanting to start milking. I have stopped milking for about 2 months now hoping to let them kid in the spring. One is preggo for sure the other I don't think so yet. I love those goats!! When I was milking I was getting almost a gallon a day from the two girls. I am anxiously hoping for some new kids around here in another couple of months.

Good luck with your dairy goat adventures!
I have a regular blog that I am having fun with, nothing very professional just for my own journal of my progress, hope you come for look.
http://laurashomesteadadventures.blogspot.com/
you will have to cut and paste the web address since there is no way to add links here.
Thanks for saying hello, always nice to make a new friend,
Laura

Come visit me, Lauras Homestead.

01/22/2010 04:34.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Looking into goats. . .
Ok, I'm sure there are many of you who applaud my interest and many of you who will tell me I'm nuts. I'm sure goats are like horses - once you get into them, you never get rid of them! But that's ok.
So, the Husband has always wanted to get back into goats. He had them as a kid growing up and showed them in 4-H and always talks about getting some for our boys to raise. OK, I'll come clean, I'VE been the one wanting goats "for the kids", the Husband just hasn't said 'No'. Actually he's fairly supportive of this, but the decision really rests on my shoulders since the Husband is gone often for various trainings w/the Army Guard and it will ultimately be me taking care of the creatures. Especially right now since he's deployed until late next fall. Of course my rational self tells me that getting anymore animals right now is crazy since I'm home alone with a 2 yr old and a 3 month old and just getting outside to feed the horse and chickens is hard enough. I find these limits to be seasonal as once spring and even the hint of fair weather comes we're outside all the time, like most farm families. By the time the baby will be old enough to handle long periods in cooler weather, the temperature will have climbed out of the teens and won't be so bitter. Also, the toddler is becoming more of a help - or at least listens better anyway - and less of a hindrance. By the time cold weather reappears, the Husband will be back to help as well.
So am I nuts to think it's feasible to get a few kids (or even adult goats) this spring? They'll definitely will have to be dairy goats (it's kind of our theme around here) and so far I'm leaning towards Alpines, but mostly because that was what the Husband raised and our tastes in animals is usually identical.
Could anyone give me their personal preferences? I've read the books - Nubians are like the Jersey's of the goat world, but they're loud, Alpine's are good producers, Oberhasli's are basically Alpine's w/ a defined color. . . I want to know what they're "really" like, or at least get as good a taste as possible before taking a bite.
Oh, and I'm not completely alone. We do share a driveway with the In-Laws, who own and we work side-by-side with on the family dairy farm. Actually FIL is the one who started all this goat business when he got his first goats as a kid and then passed the interest on to the Husband. So I'll be in good hands should any problems arise. I just want an "outside" opinion.
Thanks in advance and I love checking out all the farms I can on here! They're a wealth of knowledge and just plain good fun!

Come visit me, Birch Creek.

01/07/2010 06:54.54 PM Report This Comment  
  awsome keep up the work!

Come visit me, Gunner's PP (Poultry & Plants).

01/01/2010 02:32.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Cute picture

Come visit me, Harold's Promise Farm & Araldos Bakari Farm.

12/31/2009 04:43.06 AM Report This Comment  

 



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