Nubian dairy goats are a full sized goat ranging from 120-175 pounds. They are characterized by long ears and roman noses. While they generally give less milk than other dairy breeds, they make up for it in butterfat. Nubian milk is sweet and creamy making it ideal for use in cheeses and soaps. Our herd is tested annually for CAE, CL, Johnes, Brucellosis and more. Kids are raised by their mother and we employ a milk share system that allows us to milk once daily. Our herd is currently comprised of both American and Purebred Nubians that are all ADGA registered.
Jersey cows are a small brown dairy breed that is hailed for being a wonderful family milk cow. They are the smallest of the dairy breeds but their milk carries more protein, calcium, and butterfat than any making it creamy and sweet. They are generally easy calving and their smaller frame makes them easier to handle than larger breeds. Second only to the Holstein, Jersey's are among the most popular breed of dairy cow in the world.
Red Wattle hogs are a heritage breed originating in Texas in the 1970's. They demonstrate hardiness, mild temperament, and rapid growth rate. They are characterized by fleshy wattles attached to each side of the neck and vary in color from a light greyish red to almost black. Generally giving birth to 10-15 piglets in a litter, the red wattle sow is a good mother that produces plenty of milk for her many piglets.
Not specializing in any one breed, the farm is home to several varieties of chickens ranging from the ornamental Silkie to the blue egg producing Americaunas. In summer months, we pasture raise Cornish Cross and Red Ranger broiler chickens using Salatin style chicken tractors. The chickens are beneficial to the farm providing eggs, meat, insect control, and fertilizer.
The Great Pyrenees guardian dog takes its name from the Pyrenees mountain range in south western Europe. It has been used to guard flocks of sheep in Europe for centuries, even being adopted as a French court dog in the 17th century. The Great Pyrenees has a strong and natural guardian instinct that needs not be trained. They are intelligent, strong willed dogs that were bred to work naturally and individually, not relying on human commands for work. Our Pyrs take their guardianship quite seriously and watch over us and our animals.
Whether its her two or four legged charges, she takes her guardianship very seriously!
Our newest guardian, Merida, after her arrival from Georgia on August first.
He's definitely not a Pyr, but Marley is our "first-born" farm mutt and a huge part of our lives. You know those dogs that enter your life and leave paw prints on your heart.... yea, he's one of those.
Our first Pyr, Sheba, entered our lives accidentally and ended up leaving us much too soon, but helped foster our love for this breed.