These plans are tentative and subject to change due to the whims of nature and personal scheduling. Please read both the FAQs on this page and the Terms of Sale before contacting me about reserving a kid. Also read down below for a few notes on our kids. If a doe has been confirmed pregnant via blood test, it will be noted by her due date.
Scroll down to the bottom for the kidding schedule. Last Updated 1/26/2018
Rather than taking a deposit on unborn kids, I maintain a waiting list and notify those on it in chronological order. I will let you know what number on the list you are for the kid you want. If the kid requested is born and will be available, the first person on the list will have 7 business days to deposit $100 to reserve it or it will be listed publicly for sale or will go to the next person on the waiting list. No goats can be reserved without a deposit after they have been listed as available.
If not reserved before birth, kids are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. If I am contacted at the same time by multiple people, the first deposit received will be honored. If you’re the first person to let me know the deposit is on its way, you’ll have 7 business days to get the deposit to me to hold the kid.
Once a deposit is received, kids are held until weaning age (three months for doelings, two months for bucklings) unless they are being bottle fed and the buyer chooses to get them earlier and continue bottle feeding themselves. For more details about my reservation policy, please see the sales terms.
I usually have the kids named by the time they’re two weeks old. I also name kids according to the doe’s theme. So, for example, Brownie’s theme is desserts and all of her kids are named after sweets (Licorice, Cookie, Oreo, etc). I do this for two reasons: 1. It helps me keep track of which kid came from which dam and 2. It helps me come up with names for kids (which is not always as easy as you’d think!).
Although buyers can choose whatever barn name they like, the registered names are set in stone and can’t be changed. I understand that sometimes buyers want to choose the registered name for their kid. If this is important to you, please contact me as soon as you know you want a kid — ideally before the kid you want is born — and let me know. If you reserve your kid before it’s been named, you are welcome to help come up with an appropriate name. I suggest coming up with two or three names that follow the dam’s theme in case one isn’t a good fit or has already been used. I ultimately reserve the final decision on names.
Kids are dam raised unless it is necessary to bottle feed them. I believe that this is the best option for the kid’s overall health and well-being. They need to be taught by their mama how to be goats; this is something humans cannot teach them. Kids also don’t need to be bottle fed to be friendly. The key to having friendly goats is to spend time with them when they are young. Bottle feeding is also not needed for CAE prevention in a herd such as mine where all the goats are CAE negative. I won’t pull kids just to bottle feed them for a buyer.
All kids are disbudded and tattooed. I will not withhold disbudding or tattooing for a buyer. Kids are also registered unless otherwise noted, and their papers go with them when they leave or are submitted to ADGA or TMGR online with instructions to be mailed to the new owner. Nigerian and LaMancha kids are ADGA registered. I am phasing out my NDGA and AGS registrations, though all ADGA goats can be dual registered. MiniManchas are registered with TMGR. The registry is always clearly noted.
I don’t keep any male kids intact unless their dam and paternal granddam are excellent, and I would be willing to use them in my own herd. Even then, in most cases they will be wethered at two months of age if they have not already been reserved as bucks. I do not sell wethers except to buyers I either have a prior relationship with or who are buying a buck or doe and need a companion.
Prices start at $400 and go up from there based on merit. Buck kids are priced the same as doe kids. Bucks are even more important to the herd than does, as they can easily influence an entire kid crop whereas a doe only has one litter per year. Prices are firm.
I price kids based on overall quality and the potential I believe they possess according to their lineage and parents. They are evaluated on their parent’s conformation, milk production, mammary system, and bloodlines (historical evidence of productive, correct genetics). Any merits of the parents, such as production awards or titles, increase the price of their kids. Kids are also evaluated to the best of my ability based on their own conformation and potential as individuals.
To the right you can view a pricing chart that shows the baseline increase to a kid’s price based on the merits of its parents. This chart is not a guarantee of price. Individual merit of kids and other factors not listed impact the pricing as well. In some cases, a particular kid may be priced lower than the chart would indicate for one reason or another, and in some cases a kid may be priced higher than the chart indicates. This is essentially a guideline to give you an idea. Also note that the increases are cumulative, so an ADGA kid from a doe with a *M (+ $25) who milked 1,000 lbs (+ $25 for hitting 800# and + $50 for reaching 1,000) and a sire with a *B (+ $25) would be estimated at $525 per the chart. The final sale price might be slightly lower or higher based on other factors or the qualities of an individual kid. Not all qualities can be measured based on registry awards alone, such as ease of milking (udder texture, orifice size, teat length, etc), parasite resistance, easy kidding history, how well siblings from prior litters have performed, and so on. Also, it would be extremely rare for a kid to meet every single item on this list. That kid would be quite the unicorn, and probably wouldn’t be for sale anyway! So don’t start adding and give yourself a heart attack. 😉
Please also note that additional expenses, such as the ADGA transfer fees, additional requested disease testing, health certificates for out of state purchases, and any transport fees are all the responsibility of the buyer. These fees are not included in the purchase price of the animal, but will be made clear to the buyer upfront. Shipping and transport options are available.
2018 reservations are closed.
I blood test all my does once they reach 30 days post-breeding; all does who have been confirmed pregnant will be noted.
2017 was a heck of a year for us (not in a good way). We dealt with personal health issues along with other problems. However, we are moving forward for spring 2018 kids. That said, I am not opening reservations for 2018. In an effort to keep things manageable for myself, all buck kids that I don’t keep myself will be wethered. I expect to keep most doelings, but any that I don’t retain will be listed as they become available so I don’t have to maintain a waiting list. Thank you for your understanding.
Tiramar BZ Mattie Ross x AL Thunder Second Chances – Due April 2018. ADGA. All doelings retained. *Confirmed bred.
Tiramar DD Summer Noel x Parham Farms DT Bazinga! – Due 4/19/2018 ADGA. At least one doeling retained. $400. *Confirmed bred.
Ozark Jewels Whiskey River x Parham Farms DT Bazinga! – TMGR. At least one doeling retained. The first buck River was bred to was too short to do the job so I’ll be trying again this month for June babies. LaMancha’s are seasonal breeders, so hopefully it is not too late. $350.
AOF Dorothea Dix x Parham Farms DT Bazinga! – Due 5/11/2017 ADGA. At least one doeling retained. $400. *Confirmed bred.
Tiramar DD Calypso x AL Thunder Second Chances – Due 6/3/2018. ADGA. All doelings retained. *Confirmed bred.
Sawdust Trail SG Sandy Mae (left in picture) x AL Thunder Second Chances – due May 2018. NDGA. Doelings will be available. This will be Sandy’s last kidding season before retirement. $350. *Confirmed bred.
Opal and Gemma will be dry for 2018.