I started raising Saanens
the mid-1980's and had my first GCH in 1991. All of the does in my herd today
can be traced back to that first GCH doe. I took some time off from showing and
serious breeding while in college and when my children were small but I have
finally found the time to get serious about our breeding program and have been
blessed with type and production in our does.
Century Farm Dairy Goats utilizes
DHIA, LA, and extensive showing to cultivate our herd and to ensure reliable
The health of
the herd is a huge priority at our farm. All goats are tested annually for CAE
and CL, with all animals in the herd negative. Fecal
exams and milk quality testing are done as needed and treatments administered
only when warranted by the results. As a bio-security practice all animals
coming into the herd (breeding bucks) are placed into quarantine, and tested for
CAE, CL and Johnes before joining the herd. All animals are on a regular
vaccination schedule. Kids are raised using CAE prevention methods and are
tested for CAE before kidding.
Kids: A $50.00 deposit will hold the kid of
your choice. All reserved kids must be picked up before 6 weeks of age or
deposit and kid will be forfeited. The boarding of sold kids is possible for a
Health certificate and TB testing are included
in the price of the animal for animals being sold out of state.
Arrangements can be made for
shipment out of the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport.
Where does the time go? It seems
like every year time goes a little faster, and I was under the assumption that
once my children
got a little older I would have more time in the barn. In part that is true,
however the kids have started showing their
own species - Rhode Island Reds & Bantam Barred Rocks (Katie), pedigreed Holland
Lops and Nigerians (Quinn),
and Registered Red Angus (Cassie), and TJ is looking to find his niche. Al of
which eat up time and money, but we
wouldn't give it up for the world!
2013 started tragically with a
dog attach, my own dutiful LGD had some confusion with what I think was a
A standoff occurred between him and the adult does in which many lost parts of
ears and the kidding dam lost them completely,
as well as having a scarred face. Sadly, Mimosa will never be able to be shown
again, with her 2 GCH legs, LA score of 90, and still
milking over 3000# that lactation is was a tough realization. The rest of
kidding was uneventful and we ended up with 16 does and 16 bucks.
The show season was a bit limited again this year but it was nice to have Merlot
earn her SGCH.
In 2014 we will be freshening 15
Saanen does and 1 naughty Nigerian from March until June. With the nasty cold
It is nice to start planning the 2014 show year and await new babies.
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Melissa & Tom
42927 125th Ave.
Holdingford, MN 56340