Having a small herd we have the ability to keep a high standard of health. We are CL and Johnes free. The main herd is CAE negative. We do have two old retired does that are not, and we keep them seperated from the main herd and barn with more than the reccomended 15 feet. They live about 100 feet away. We test the main herd bi-annually.
We maintain a comprehensive worming program and we vaccinate for CD&T. We do not copper bolus our animals or give any other vaccinations.
Our does and bucks are feed high quality alfalfa hay with a small supplementation of oat hay. Our does receive 4 pounds per day of a mix of rolled barley, rolled oats, rolled corn, black oil sunflower seeds and Calf Manna.We offer free choice salt and minerals.
Does kid out in the main barn unless they are getting hassled by other animals then we will put them in a kidding pen. We attend every birth and separate the kids soon after birth. Mothers are allowed to lick their kids for a few minutes, then are offered a bucket of warm water.
Our kids are raised on heat treated colostrum and pasteurized goat milk. We feed three times a day until they are 5 weeks old, and twice a day after that until tapering off and weaning at 14 weeks. The kids are fed our same "grain mixture" starting at 5 weeks of age until they are 9 months old when they move in with the main barn.