The Goats of Small Acre Farm

These are the goats behind our soap and lotion.  Our herd is small and we know each goat's quirks and endearing qualities because we handle each of them every day.  Because we are not necessarily in the business of selling baby goats, we don't breed all our girls every year.  We regularly "milk through", meaning that a doe could be milked for 2 years before being bred again.  That also means that she got a break from having kids that second year.  We think this is a great way to minimize having kids just to have milk and to rotate the stress of pregnancy.  Every goat farm manages their herd differently.  This is our way.

 
 
 
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Camilla

"Cam" is the great granddaughter of the doe that started it all for us.  Piper was an amazing milker and Cam is carrying on that tradition.  Last year Cam outdid all the other does by producing triplets (and the only two doe kids of the season).  Cam's claim to fame is that she was in a wedding with her brother Wodney.  They wore grey pants and white bow ties that matched the groomsmen's attire.  Her name comes from the children's book "Howay for Wodney Wat" by Helen Lester.

 
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Bohemian Rhapsody and Celeste
BoRap and Celeste are our first Nigerian Dwarf goats. They are friendly and silly and we love having little goats as a part of our herd.

 
Alpine dairy goat - Milano

Milano

Milano is the only goat in our herd who is not an Alpine.  She is a LaMancha and easily recognizable because of the lack of outer covering on her ears.  This is a trait and, we think, endearing quality of the breed.  Milano is an excellent milker and she gave us a buck doe set of twins this year.  

 
 
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India

India's alpha-phonetic name means that she is a descendent of  of our first goat, Piper.  She is a Camilla daughter and another shy herd member.  This was her first year to kid and she did a great job, providing us with a set of doelings.  Being two, India still has some growing up to do and she is a good candidate for a "milk through" doe this year.