2015 Kidding Schedule HERE A Small and Select Healthy Herd, Unique Pedigrees Based on Rosasharn Tom's Water Tabby+*S and TX Twincreeks WDF Butterfly Dance Lines, 13 Years of Breeding Experience, All Does Managed Organically & Milked, and Kids Lovingly Raised by Hand
SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW ON THE FARM? --As Spring slowly appears, we are preparing for a busy season full of "newness"--
Goat kids, of course, but also...
Finishing the transition of all livestock diets to organic and/or Non-GMO foodstuffs
Continuation of the work we've done to infra-structure (buildings, fencing) in order to comply with organic certification standards
Upcoming Saturday morning courses detailing basic beginner goatkeeping topics (registration information will be posted in April)
Planning for future farm-based courses in Ancestral Health issues, including Paleo/Primal lifestyle considerations, Grain-Free baking seminars, and "Rewilding"to start in Autumn 2015
Our farm's first Facebook page (coming soon!)
--SEE BELOW FOR CURRENT SALES ANIMALS-- We are drastically downsizing this year. As a result, the following well-bred bucks are for sale. Strong, not-too-common genetics for all these boys, who should produce quality udders and a reasonable amount of milk as well (there are NO one cup milkers in our herd!)
1/BUCK--Painted Pepper RJ Soleil*S*B (Rosasharn SP Jupiter++*B x SG Dawnland Tabby's Zing*D 1*M AR)--DOB: 4/21/08--Son to our deceased SG Rosasharn's Water Tabby++*S daughter, Zing*D 1*M AR, sired by a Rosasharn's Eclipse son. His dam had large, easily milked teats, a strong medial, and a full high rear. A very sweet, easy to handle, and correct boy (should be strong for LA) who passes on his correct general conformation, including feet and legs. Soleil comes from genetics notable for longevity and production. $700 to an excellent home.
2 /BUCK--Poppy Patch LM Ole Yeller (Poppy Patch BR Ladies' Man x CH Poppy Patch Not Quite An Angel) DOB: 5/5/13. Generations of milk, quality udders, and CH does behind this boy. Linebred on Rosasharn on his paternal side and brings in multiple generations of CH does on his maternal side as well. We brought him in from the West Coast and are selling him only because he is skittish--not crazy or mean, but scared--which makes it difficult for me to work with him as the solo goatkeeper. Very strong and healthy boy, long-bodied and level, and ready to work. His full sister is one of the few does retained by Poppy Patch in their downsizing. $500.
3/BUCK--TX Twincreeks SEM Blackberry*S*B (Lost Valley TB Seminole*S*B x SG MCH/GCH Little Rascals Black Dahlia 2*D 1*M 2009 LA-92 EEEE)--DOB: 4/8/09--We re-purchased this friendly buck this past winter, but having retained his 2014 son, have decided to place him for sale. Very rare genetics; his sire and dam and grandparents are all gone. Longevity here too: his dam had quads as an eleven year old and recently died at age 14! His 2014 kids were beautiful (kept both buck and doe) and he has a freshened daughter with an excellent udder (and large teats!) $750.
4/BUCK--Poppy Patch JC Royal Rebel (Poppy Patch RC Jiminy Cricket x CH Poppy Patch FM Dutchess)--DOB: 6/3/13--Another West Coast boy. ALL of the best of the Poppy Patch sire and dam lines are included in this fellow's pedigree. His maternal line is noted for udder capacity and milk production. Can be handled and loves treats! $500.
All boys are dual registered with AGS and ADGA. --Quantity Discount for Two Bucks Purchased Together--
...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, Our Household Great Pyr, Working Hard at her "Part Time Job" Protecting the Household Chickens From the Local Winter-Ravenous Owl
GREAT PYRENEES Our Girl Can Go From Couch Potato to Formidable Adversary in Milliseconds She's small but mighty!
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.
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 and Tatli (Turkish Akbash) in the Barnyard. Our pair were 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 Dragonfly Farm, Kyeema Ridge, Piddlin Acres, 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 2015. 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...
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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ALUMNI...Love this kind of update: "Hi Laura, I took this wonderful picture of Charlie & Russell playing in the snow this February. I thought you might enjoy seeing my boys again. They are happy, healthy, and loved. Everyday I am thankful that they are a part of my life. That's all thanks to you!"