LAST SITE UPDATE--MARCH 6th, 2014 Our 2014 Kidding Schedule Posted HERE Great Breedings Designed For Production and Well-Attached Milkable Udders AND Sweet Temperaments, Suitable For Pets as Well as Production *** A Select Healthy Herd, Unique Pedigrees Based on Rosasharn Tom's Water Tabby+*S and TX Twincreeks WDF Butterfly Dance Lines, 12 Years of Breeding Experience, All Does Milked, and Kids Lovingly Raised by Hand
...Living on a farm which is one's own, far from the hectic, artificial conditions of the city--a farm where one gets directly from one's own soil what one needs to sustain life, with a garden in front, and a healthy ...family to contribute those small domestic joys... THOMAS EDISON
Dawn Land Farm, the culmination of a lifetime worth of dreams and five years of hard work, is our seventy-acre piece of Heaven in the midst of rapidly expanding suburbia. Although most of our land is forested, 25% is wetland. Because of the habitat variety, we have an incredible array of wildlife on our property, including blue herons which nest on the snags in our spring-fed "Beaver Pond". We named our farm in honor of the native Abenaki who once populated this area. They were referred to as "People of the Dawn Land" to differentiate their members from more western counterparts in Vermont and New York.
THE CREATURES, BIG AND SMALL
The Tiniest Kids of 2013--Our One Pound Miracles
ANATOLIAN SHEPHERD DOGS Our Indispensable Livestock Guardians To learn more, click HERE
Penne was adopted through the National Great Pyrenees Rescue organization. Please support their efforts as they work to rehome Pyrs in need of new families: CLICK ON PENNE'S PHOTO FOR MORE INFO ABOUT NATIONAL GREAT PYR RESCUE.
GREAT PYRENEES Our Girl Can Go From Couch Potato to Formidable Adversary in Milliseconds She's small but mighty!
We love Penne's smile!
TURKISH KANGAL The National Dog of Turkey Loving and Loyal
You know something I don't know You go places I can't go You lift your head when the breezes blow To voices older than time HOWL AT THE MOON--Cheryl Wheeler
Bo, Our Household Anatolian--Some things never change! He's bigger and his debris pile continues to grow, but he remains true to the gentle, tolerant, and loyal nature of his breed. Photos at ages two and ten months. Bo died, too young, of osteosarcoma in January 2013. His pictures are kept to honor the wonderful memories he left behind.
Individual TLC is One of Our Goat Management Strategies!
NIGERIAN DWARF DAIRY GOATS.....Our beloved goats provide us with friendship, entertainment, low-cost therapy, and--most importantly--gift our family with their pure, sweet milk! We have been breeding Nigerians, with an emphasis upon both milk production and show conformation, since 2002. Our foundation stock included New England-based Stonewall Farm and Rosasharn lines, originating from breeders who shared our passion for structurally-sound, good-natured, and healthy, productive goats. We supplemented those original lines with quality goats from across the country and now the Dawn Land herd contains breeding animals from Castle Rock Farm, Flat Rock Farm, Kyeema Ridge, Piddlin Acres, Poppy Patch, Rosasharn, and TX Twincreeks. Currently, we register our goats with the American Goat Society, although we are in the process of registering the entire herd with ADGA.
A healthy Nigerian is a top priority with us and we approach herd biosecurity very seriously. Purchased goats come from farms that share our concerns about contagious disease and test regularly with negative results. New additions to our herd are quarantined, and blood-tested when indicated. As well, we do not offer breeding/leasing/exchange services. Finally, kids are pulled at birth and raised, using CAE prevention, in areas separate from our adult goats.We are blessed to have a good working relationship with an excellent caprine vet: Dr. Simon George, of the Deerfield Veterinary Clinic, provides medical care for the Dawn Land herd. We plan to repeat whole herd screening for CAE, utilizing the sensitive ELISA blood testing through WADDL, sometime in the early autumn of 2013. We have never had a case of CL, sore mouth, or foot rot, nor evidence of any goat wasting. In fact, our oldest senior girl, the esteemed Stonewall's India Wilkes, dam to ARMCH/GCH Halifax+S+B, passed away in Winter 2012 three months short of fifteen years old!
MEDITERRANEAN MINIATURE DONKEYS.....BONNIE, BARBIE, AND SMOKEY.....A
trio of pets, they serve the same function as church bells in a city,
their timed brays reminding us of the day's passage from breakfast hay
to supper hay. The goats depend on their calls to remind us to show up
at the barn on time. Donkeys are very smart and very gentle, the
perfect trustworthy equine for a home with children. Our miniature donkeys are NOT used as livestock guardians, nor do we recommend the use of donkeys in that role.
THE HORSE, BELLA, A QUARTER PONY.....Our smart, sweet, well-trained girl with an attitude!
CONTACT US AND COME VISIT OUR GOATS...
Located ten miles from the Haverhill, MA border, our "family friendly" farm welcomes visitors! Let us show you that miniature goats make great backyard pets and milkers. A properly cared for doe or fixed male (wether) is clean and odor-free. Nigerians are intelligent, curious, and friendly animals. Their small size is not frightening for children. For gardeners, their pelleted droppings are a great source of organic fertilizer. And, as home milkers, Nigerians are economical and produce an amazing amount of milk for their size.
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All of Our 2013 Kids Have Been Sold But New Kids Start Arriving in May 2014. Check out our promising breedings and exceptional sires and does! All of our babies are bottlefed exclusively on pasteurized milk, for extra sweetness and biosecurity peace-of-mind.
THE UDDER WE ARE SELECTING FOR...
Yearling First Fresh Daughter Sired by our SG Dawnland Tabby's Zing*D 1*M AR son, Painted Pepper RJ Soleil*S*B, out of Dawnland Sea's May Day. This girl also beat out over 50 other juniors at the Maryland State Fair in autumn of 2012 to win her Junior Grand. Thanks to Anita Beck for the photo!
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Uh Oh...Winter's Still Here! Photo of 2013 Dawnland Alumni, Courtesy of Glenda Currier & Family
All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all. --CECIL FRANCIS ALEXANDER
All Dawn Land Farm Goats are registered with AGS.
We are in the process of cross-registering the herd with ADGA