Thank you for taking the time to read the information on this website. It takes a surprisingly long amount of time to compile it all to share here. I have tried to cover a broad swath of practical information as well as providing a bit of information on who we are at Tiramar Farms. I am also constantly updating these informational pages as I gain new experiences or knowledge, am asked a question I haven’t covered, or just as I have the time to write more or remember some topic I haven’t covered yet. I hope these pages are helpful and informative. If you are looking for a general “About Tiramar Farms,” please read our home page.
Though most of this information is permanent, some things might change over time. Herd management is not a cut and dry science. It’s more of an art in some ways, and about the time you think you have it all figured out, new information comes along or you realize you don’t like the way x is affecting y and you want to adjust your practices there. Herd management is something that is ever evolving and adapting. Sometimes what works perfectly for one goat will not cut it for another and again you have to change. Owning livestock is a practice in adaptability! You really must learn about each animal individually as well as get a feel for your herd as a whole in order to know what practices work best for you. With a few exceptions, there is not usually one right way to do things.
You will find several pages under the drop down when hovering your mouse over “About.” These pages are where you will find information about how I manage my herd.
Who We Are – the People of Tiramar
Tiramar is more than a plot of land with a few animals — we are also a family! The people of Tiramar consists of my parents and myself. I am truly blessed to have such wonderful parents, and also to have such a good relationship with them. We all work together to accomplish our goals here. Although I am the primary caretaker and operator behind the farm, I still share the experience with my parents and am thankful for the help they give. It is a blessing to know that when I leave my animals they are in the hands of people who know and love them and not a stranger hired to do it.
I have also been blessed with a close-knit extended family. In particular, I am very close with my Granny. She is an inspiration to me and has taught me so many things: cooking, sewing, painting, gardening, baking, canning, and a million others things are only part of my skill set because she showed me how to do them. Granny also owned milk goats and chickens when she was younger, and my mother owned goats after her, so I guess you can say the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. She is one of the most important people in my life and I don’t know what we would do without her. I think I will spend most of my life trying to live like Granny and to honor the heritage of my grandparents, parents, and other loved ones in my life. Is it too much of a cliche to say that I hope to make my family proud?