Available to good homes, a few Echo Valley Farm animals for sale
On our farm, we raise miniature dairy goats for our own dairy needs, cheesemaking and as well-paid lawn mowers and brush clearers. We have little Nigerians dwarfs, miniature Nubians, and tiny Guernseys. These are ideal, small, dairy producing breeds for homestead dairy production. Frequently we have wethers and doelings and occasionally bred and unbred does available to good homes.
Important to note, we test our goats and (thankfully) our herd is free of CAE, CL, Q fever, Johnes, and Brucelllosis. Our mini Nigerians and mini Nubies are registerable, our sweet little guernsey mixes though are not. We band castrate our bucklings into wethers but not until 4 months as this is better for the little dudes as they grow (less urinary difficulties.)
Please know also, we prefer to only sell our animals in pairs or to homes with goats in residence already, as these little farm friends are herd animals and we respect their need for companionship. Also important to note, to date we do not separate our babies from their mothers. We may do this at some point, there are some very good arguments for doing so, (the little munchkins get all over the feed, they are milk pigs and want our share...) but for now, we let our bucklings stay with momma until they are 2 months old and we don't separate the little doelings until they are sold or until mom tells them to "buzz off" on her own.
And one more detail to share-- our little ones do not have horns. Horns are cool, but we've chosen to go for a horn-free herd. Our buck is naturally polled and many of our mommas are as well, so we encourage folks to only buy our goats if they have goats in residence already sans horns-- makes for a more fair competetion in the head butting championships.
Below are our prices and who's available for sale:
Goats for sale
- Nigerian/Guernsey or 100% Nigerian does, doelings, bucklings or wethers non-registered, $150
- Nigerian does, doelings, or buckling, registered, $250 (none available at present)
- Does in-milk with kid, $600-$800
- Mini Nubian doelings or bucklings, registered, $250 (none available at present)
Miss Thelma and her doeling, born May 1st
This is a great opportunity for someone who wants a tested-healthy goat in milk. We are offering for sale a very sweet doe, Thelma, with her pretty daughter who was born 1st of May. The mother is roughly 3 years old. We purchased her from a commercial dairy 2 years ago. She is not registered.
The doeling is darling, bouncy and at a particularly adorable stage. The momma-doe is Nigerian/Guernsey cross and a lovely, petite size. The poppa was our small Nigerian Dwarf, so the doeling will stay on the very small size, likely even a bit smaller than her momma.
But please know, Thelma (the doe) is skittish and her daughter is 100% dam-raised and will likely have the similar temperament. Aside from being very timid, Thelma is a terrific little milk goat and very pretty. She is not the least bit threatening. She is an all-white, short haired, gentle and easy to get into the milk stanchion (she's highly food motivated,) and once in the stanchion completely cooperative, easy to hand or machine milk and produces about a quart a day with her daughter on her part time. Without the kid to share milk, we'd safely estimate Thelma would give 2 quarts a day.
We are in no hurry to sell this pair, but if a good home becomes available-- awesome. We are selling them in order to bring in the genetics we prefer for our farm-- (bigger milk production, registerable and more pet-like, people-trusting personality.) We want for this pair a situation where this mom and daughter can stay together.
This is an ideal offering for a family wanting a ready-to-go milk-share situation. Thelma is in-milk, stanchion trained, kid still on her for milk sharing when wanted. Separate the doeling at night (or during the day,) take your "share" then reintroduce the hungry daughter back with her mum after milking. Or leave the doeling on on days you are too busy to milk. Thelma could be kept in milk for up to 2 years and the doeling will likely continue to nurse until 6 months. Thelma kidded once before and adjusted well to a once a day milk situation without kids on her.
Thelma and her daughter come from a tested-healthy, closed herd. Goats this size are easy to manage, relatively inexpensive to feed and light on the land. Our goats are on a herbal dewormer. Thelma was tested in 2016 CL and CAE free. We haven't tested since but have added no new animals into the herd since.
Though goats' needs are quite minimal, we must know our goats will go home which is a suitable match. Please send pictures of the housing and predator protection you will offer. Also know we enjoy sharing what we've learned with new goat owners, so newbie potential goat owners, ask your questions here. But unfortunately, we cannot take return goats back (a rule we must stick to in order to protect our fellow animal residents) so we must all be quite clear you are a good match for our goats.