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Alpine Goats

Alpine Goats
Alpine Goats

We got our first dairy goats in 2005 because we wanted healthy, raw milk for our growing family. We quickly fell in love with our Alpine goats - after all, there is nothing cuter and more playful than a baby goat. Don't believe us? Just watch some of our goat videos or join us for a Baby Goat Experience and we're sure you'll come to agree.

We use our goat milk for everything - drinking, cooking, cheesemaking, fudge and caramel making, and (of course!) soapmaking. It takes a lot of milk to meet all the demands and uses we have for it. But our girls are up to the task! We have some super milkers in our herd. Fabulous, Valley, Zeyda, and Payton all go back and forth fighting to be the "top producer". They will each give over 2 gallons a day at their peak. And that's a LOT of milk!

In 2017 we will be milking 80 goats twice a day and offering that milk for sale in our Farm Store as well as turning it into goat cheese, gelato (ice cream), goat milk fudge, goat milk caramel, and goat milk soaps!

All of the family is involved with taking care of the goats - whether it is milking twice a day, cleaning stalls, trimming hooves, doing vet work, handling goat registration paperwork, or simply loving on the goats - the goats are a huge part of our lives and our family.

Every goat has a name and they answer when they are called (unless they are being stubborn). They each have a personality, and you can definitely tell the goats the children have spoiled. In case you were wondering, we don't eat our goats. While we are not vegetarians, it is not something we do. We can't keep them all (most of our goats have twins and triplets each year), but we do our best to make sure that all of the babies go to good homes for breeding or pets. We've even had them go to camps to be pack goats!

Kidding season is the craziest and best time of year here on the farm. We are on 24/7 kid watch and take shifts in the barn watching for signs of labor. Goats are like people - most of them can deliver without any difficulty. But they do occasionally have problems and we want to be there to help the delivery go safely for both Mom and kids.

If we can check and make sure the kids are positioned properly and assist the mom in delivering them, it goes a long way in keeping everyone alive and safe. With over 100 baby goats born every year, we are super proud of the number of live births and healthy moms that we are able to achieve.

feeding baby goats

We bottle raise our baby goats because it makes friendlier, happier, and healthier goats! They're also able to go to their new homes at a younger age which is less stressful on the kids. Greyden is responsible for feeding all of the baby goats once they've all been born. But during kidding season, it can get crazy (the most we've ever had born in one day was 14!!), so everyone pitches in with bottle feeding and making sure each kid drinks enough colostrum in their first bottle.

If you'd like to experience Kidding Season, we are putting together a Kidding Season Experience that people will be abe to sign up for.

We raise our goats as naturally as possible. They do not eat any GMO Corn or GMO Soybeans and they are not fed any antibiotics or growth hormones, so there is nothing unnatural passed into their milk.

Our small herd is located in Scottsburg, (Southeastern) Indiana about half an hour north of Louisville, Kentucky. We do offer farm tours year-round. If you want to see young Alpine babies, then March and April are the best time to visit.

We also have a small herd of Nigerian Dwarf miniature dairy goats. Unlike the Alpines (which are seasonal breeders), the "Nigies" are able to breed year-round. We keep this herd so that we can offer our Baby Goat Experience year-round. Since not everyone can visit when the Alpines are little, this gives more people a chance to love on baby goats!

 
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