We allow our does to raise their kids. This is one reason why we CAE test before kidding begins each year. We feel the kids grow better and are healthier. We handle our kids daily and most are friendly and used to people. If prior arrangement are made, we can raise a kid on heat-treated colostrum and pasteurized milk. We do want these kids picked up as soon as they have been tattooed and disbudded. We do not encourage leaving horns on dairy goats but realize a few people prefer this. We will only leave a kid horned if they are completely paid for by five days old for Saanens and 7 days for Nubians. We normally keep dam raised doe kids until 3 months of age. Intact bucklings sometimes must leave sooner and horned kids will often catch horns in feeders and need to leave earlier.
Our kids are treated with coccidia preventative and all our goats are given routine CdT vaccinations, BoSe or Multimin, and copper supplements. Worming and hoof trimming are done in regular intervals as needed. At a young age, our kids are introduced to feed with coccidiosis preventatives included. Normally by three weeks of age, all have found the creep feeder and are beginning to eat.
Although we do dam raise, we also milk our does. All fresh does are fed on the milk stands and most are milked twice daily. Sometimes, as summer heats up, we will go to once a day milking. Usually the kids are gone by then and we have found the does do maintain an adequate amount of milk for our needs with once a day milking. We often raise calves on excess milk and normally have fresh or frozen milk for sale for pet use or soap making. Due to liability concerns, we do not sell for human consumption.
We strongly support 4-H and FFA youth and often have discounts available for them. The programs were wonderful for our children and we hope to help other youth.