LAST SITE UPDATE--MAY 24th, 2016 Because we bred only five of our top does, a very limited number of quality kids will be available this season. Please see the 2016 Kidding Schedule for more information about our pairings: HERE
A Small and Select Healthy Herd, Unique Pedigrees Based on Rosasharn Tom's Water Tabby+*S++B and TX Twincreeks WDF Butterfly Dance Lines, 14 Years of Breeding Experience, All Does Managed Organically & Hand Milked, and Kids Lovingly Raised by Hand
TURKISH AKBASH DOGS
One of Our 2015 Pups--Beautiful Girl!
Purebred, UKC-Registered, with Direct Import CH Lines and the Product of Patteran's Thirty Year Working Dog Breeding Program The Best, Smartest, and Most Temperamentally-Stable Dogs We've Ever Worked With
--STAY TUNED FOR AN "AKBASH PAGE" AS WE REVISE AND UPDATE OUR WEBSITE--
2015 Girl Pups (6 of Them!) "Marked" for ID--Mom Chews Off Collars!
Beautiful Paternal Granddam to Pups, Turkish Import SUVK Patteran Ipek White Bird. Photo Courtesy of Tamara Taylor--Thanks!
...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
LIVESTOCK GUARDIAN DOGS Our Indispensable Helpers 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!
Penne Working Hard at her "Part Time Job" Protecting the Household Chickens
Prince (Turkish Kangal) on Duty at the House. He comes to us from Shadow Wings Farm in Georgia; CLICK on his photo to learn more about their breeding program.
TURKISH KANGAL and TURKISH AKBASH The National Dogs of Turkey Loving, Loyal and Ever Watchful
Kurt (Turkish Akbash) Smiling for the Camera. Our registered breeding pair was purchased from Tamara Taylor at Patteran Dairy Goats. CLICK on the photo to learn more about their Akbash.
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 Kyeema Ridge, Piddlin Acres, Poppy Patch Farm, Rosasharn, and TX Twincreeks. The herd is dual registered: ADGA and AGS.
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 spring of 2016. 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.....AND A MAMMOTH DONKEY AS WELL...DUSTY... Our longears 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 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...
We are located ten miles from the Haverhill, MA border. 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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Unposed photo (No set up, really!) of one of our does, now owned and loved by our breeder friends at Chatterbox Acres in Virginia. Photo Courtesy of Sharon Churchill--Thanks!