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 and milking through our goats. Every goat farm manages their herd differently. This is our way.
Nola is our herd queen. She's the oldest and manages her herd gently. Usually the bossiest goat is in charge but Nola is that gentle presence, always watching, on alert. She loves banana peels and rubbing her head vigorously on unsuspecting visitors. Nola last kidded in May of 2016. We milked her through and she naturally dried herself off this spring. She's taking a break from milking and will be bred in the fall of 2018. When she is being milked she insists on being hugged and told that she is the most beautiful goat on the planet before she will get off the milking stand (I'm not kidding!).
"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.
Laine is Nolas granddaughter. She is the feistiest goat in the herd. She our only brown goat and I'm pretty sure she thinks that makes her ultra special. She had twins both last year and this year. She's a junk food junkie and will relieve visitors of pretty much whatever they offer. We have to keep an eye on her! Her favorite culinary indiscretion are Twizzlers.
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.
Laurel is a Nola daughter. She lives up to her mother's high milk production reputation. She is a shy girl, often waiting behind the gaggle of pushy girls to get milked. Going last often means she gets just a little more attention. She has it all figured out!
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.