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Angora Goats - Spring 2014

                 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.

    We have lots of goats for sale this spring - yearling bucks and does, does with their kids all ready to go to a new farm now and many spring kids who will be ready to go to new homes the end of July.  We have a few bottle babies, mainly Angora/meat or dairy crosses who are also ready for a new home now.

 

Registered Angora Does $300-$350
Unregistered Angora Does $200-$300
Angora Wethers $150-$175
Registered Angora Bucks $350-$400
Gray Angora Buck Yearlings $250-$350
Angora Does with kids $350-$600
Angora/Dairy and Meat Crosses $50-$100

               

Rabbits

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.

           

 

                                      

 

 

 

Draft Goats

    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:

Equipment

Hoegger Goat Supply

http://hoeggerfarmyard.com/xcart/

Halters, harnesses, wagons

 

K-9 Carting

http://k9carting.com/

carts, shafts, team poles

 

Dog Works

http://dogworks.com/store/

lightweight single & double trees/levelers

 

Quality Llama Products & Alternative Livestock Supply

https://www.llamaproducts.com/

Halters, bridles, harnesses, carts

 

Great Goat Gear

Halters, bridles with bits, harnesses

http://greatgoatgear.com

 

 

Articles & General Information

 

Working Goats Website

http://www.workinggoats.com/?id=73

Packing and draft, many pictures and training tips

 

Harness Goat Society – Great Britain

http://www.harnessgoats.co.uk/

Great pictures

 

Goat Tracks Magazine and American Harness Goat Association

http://www.goattracksmagazine.com/harness.html

 

4-H Harness Goat Project

http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/4H/goats/harness_goat.pdf

Outstanding information on all aspects training, making equipment, & competitions

 

DW Farms Harness Goats

http://workinggoats.tripod.com/id2.html

http://workinggoats.tripod.com/id6.html

http://dwharnessshop.tripod.com/index.html

Good pictures of team set ups, breast & collar style harnesses

 

On Line Groups

 

Harness Goats Yahoo Group

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Harness Goats/

 

Cart Wagon Goats Yahoo Group

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cart Wagon Goats/

 

 

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