Friends’ Folly Farm
It's all about the goats - fiber, milk, meat, & draft
Goats - Spring 2015
If you are interested buying animals please contact us to make arrangements for a farm visit.
Our Colored Angora Goat Breeders Association Herd ID is FFF and our
USDA Sheep & Goat ID is MEX 0020. If you acquire animals with these ID's we are the flock of origination and can provide you with additional information about the animals.
Spring Angora buck, doe, and wether kids will be ready to leave the farm the end of July.
Meat/dairy kids will be ready to leave the farm when they reach 30 pounds - most likely in May.
We raise rabbits for pets and meat. Over the years we have been "playing" with a variety of crosses aiming for easy handling, quick growing, hardy, vigorous, and interesting colored rabbits. Our current breeding stock includes Satin, Creme D' Argent, Californian, and a specialty 5 way mix doe (she has some Flemish Giant and it shows in the ears) . The rabbits are fun, easy, and a great source of meat and pleasure.
Our first draft goat was Yin - the first colored kid born on our farm in 1995. Although we thought he was going to be a breeding buck we discovered he had an undescended testicle. We couldn't part with him, but he had to have a job to earn his keep - he became the Public Relations goat by being trained to pull a cart at fairs and festivals.
Since then we have had a variety of goats trained to pull in harness and in yoke. Currently we have a buck team pulling in yoke, a single in harness who is beginning to ground drive and a pair of Boer/dairy cross does beginning in yoke. Hopefully, next summer I will have at least a pair (maybe two) driving a cart. Since Angoras are small I never had goats big enough to drive - finally I do so it's onto the next step!
Anyone interested in using goats for draft - especially in Maine and New Hampshire - for fun, work around the farm, or for exhibition is welcome to contact me. Below is a list of resources I have gathered with links to various sites for more information.
Draft Goat Resources/Links:
Hoegger Goat Supply
Halters, harnesses, wagons
carts, shafts, team poles
lightweight single & double trees/levelers
Quality Llama Products & Alternative Livestock Supply
Halters, bridles, harnesses, carts
Great Goat Gear
Halters, bridles with bits, harnesses
Articles & General Information
Working Goats Website
Packing and draft, many pictures and training tips
Harness Goat Society – Great Britain
Goat Tracks Magazine and American Harness Goat Association
4-H Harness Goat Project
Outstanding information on all aspects training, making equipment, & competitions
DW Farms Harness Goats
Good pictures of team set ups, breast & collar style harnesses
On Line Groups
Harness Goats Yahoo Group
Cart Wagon Goats Yahoo Group