We are based in Hindmarsh Valley, South Australia.
We started our goat journey in 2011 with some rangeland does that quickly escaped our paddocks but in the process captured my fascination with all things Caprine. We got the girls back and although these crazy frightened animals where a handful I was quickly able to tame the majority of our small herd and learn from their behaviours and the adventure began. I stumbled upon Australian Miniature Goats by chance during some research. From the day my first two does arrived I was hooked completely and we registered our stud in 2013 by welcoming the arrival of our first registered babies. We lived on 2 1/2 acres at this time and as our herd was expanding we knew a bigger property was needed in our future.
We shifted in 2015 after buying part of the family farm and started diligently blood testing all our animals for CAE and JD. The property required a great deal of work and investment to make it suitable for goats as we had previously run an MN3 Murray Grey Beef Cattle stud but gave us 23 glorious fertile acres to expand. Not long after the move we completed our family of 3 strapping beautiful boys who embraced the extra space and work hard to help run our small farm.
In 2019 we expanded further to include a herd of Pure Bred dairy goats incorporating; British Alpine, Toggenburg and predominately Anglo Nubian Goats. We milk the herd and have ambitious plans to set up a small dairy. The milk is currently fed back to bottle baby goats, pigs, calves, us and is also turned into cheese.
Our latest addition to the farm is the arrival of our first mixed breed pigs. We are planning to grown them out on as much goats milk as we can to finish with an absolute luxury eating animal whilst giving them the best life we can incorporating free range paddocks and lots of fresh veggies from our large garden with additional provision with with top quality grain mixes. They do also make lovely pets as they are a fairly small animal compared to other breeds.
There has been a definite shift recently from producing pets and breeding show champions for other breeders to invest in, over to a more production based property. Country living whilst breeding and managing our beloved animals to the highest quality structurally and productivity wise, whilst keeping them happy healthy and exposing them to as little stress as possible whilst they are in our dedicated care is a true blessing albeit requiring a huge commitment. Being able to feed family and friends with a clean and healthy home grown product is a real joy. And producing stock that has a definite function, a purpose whether that be meat or milk has sparked a renewed interest and drive. Part of our new direction will be to bring in Nigerian Dwarf genetics to our herd to hopefully increase our milk output. We combine every different element of the farm from gardens, vegetable patches & fruit trees with their trimmings and extra produce going back into the animals who then provide the fertilisers and mulch through their waste products to produce next years harvest with a exciting array of heritage produce a favourite! Its a pleasure and sometimes a curse to grow your own food but personally I find its such a source of pride and when it all comes together an extraordinary experience that you can share with all your nearest and dearest including preserves and extra produce for swapping. What better gift than one you've grown yourself through hard work, enormous investment and love. Our journey is not going to be for everyone but we are happy to share our experience with those that are interested to know more.
The opportunity to source genetics and shape my own herds to reflect the attributes and natures I desire whilst embracing the breed standards and striving for perfection each new generation is just exhilarating!
BE INFORMED >>
Please please please do your research to see if these amazing animals will suit your lifestyle and decide what their function is before you buy. It is a big commitment and your animals will be relying on you for their health, well being and attention for the rest of their lives, whether that be as a pet or production animal. The internet is a great place to start. You can also speak to or email breeders and there are some great books available but nothing beats a visit to studs and seeing for yourself.
I am on numerous committees and we often have social days or shows organised for goat owners so please ask if your interested in an invitation, we welcome all breeds.
~WARNING TO BUYERS~
Please also be aware that there are many different breeds currently available in Australia. They are all beautiful in their own way but be sure of what your buying and ask to see the registration papers if possible.
Sellers often claim what they have is a miniature goat or a pure breed with no proof such as rego papers. I have seen many cases where baby goats are sold as minis when they are actually Rangeland Goats being sold under false advertising. Its buyer beware.
There are a number of dedicated breeders in SA and of course throughout Australia that would welcome you if you decide to start your own herd, either Miniature or the full sized dairy goats. Great support and knowledge is available to help you get established. You have but to ask :-)
I can't stress this enough, buy your miniature or dairy goat from a registered breeder and GET YOUR PAPERS (unless specifically buying un registered dairy goats). If you don't have papers or if the breeder isn't registered the animal has no genetic information you can use to verify its heritage and/or mature height.
Ask for copies of CAE & JD testing before purchase but be aware that a negative test does not mean the goat is not a carrier that will show up later in life, its a tool along with assessing risk factors of the individual property and their bio security protocols and neighbours access. Any other programs your breeder may be apart of to help establish the herds health and management status are of a great benefit. We have a bio security plan and
have decided to vaccinate all our goats with the JD vaccine Gudiar and any kids sold will also be raised based on a PIRSA approved kid rearing plan.
GOATS GLORIOUS GOATS & PRECIOUS PIGGIES>>
Don't hesitate to contact me.
To get specifically what you are after you may need to pop your name down early. These are very popular animals. If I can't help you with what your are looking for I may be able to get you in touch with another breeder who can.
We are proudly registered breeders with MGA - Miniature Goats Australia. I am also a financial member of the DGSA (Dairy Goats Society of Australia) and I volunteer on the executive committee for both groups (South Australian branch for the DGSA). So please contact me if you'd like any further information on joining, we are always eager to welcome new members.
OUR CRITTERS >>
WE ARE SUPER PROUD OF OUR ANIMALS & WORK HARD TO GIVE THEM HAPPY HEALTHY AND FULFILLED LIVES BY PROVIDING THE BEST CARE WE POSSIBLY CAN >>
Our first focus and passion was the Australian Miniature Goat, Australia's original and true mini goat. Although they will forever hold a huge part of my heart and I will forever be an advocate of this incredible breed our goals and dream have changed with a focus on productivity and functionality. As we work towards running a small dairy we have decided our next chapter lies in exploring the Nigerian Dwarf goat come 2022. And extending our beautiful Anglo Nubians and British Alpine herd.
Goats make the perfect pets. They are wonderful with children when they are hand reared or dam raised and handled regularly and they make fantastic companions. They are very social animals and must go in pairs unless you have other goats for company. Affectionate, cute, inquisitive and full of character! Each animal has its own very distinctive personality. Wethers and does make the best pets. Entire bucks are best left for breeding as they can get pretty smelly when they come into rut and hormones can make them a bit dangerous to anyone not familiar with their behaviour, we do not sell bucks as pets.
Please be aware that dwarf goats, dairy goats or mini pigs are not suitable for residential backyards. 1/4 an acre for a pair of dwarf goats is the minimum we suggest.
All our young goats are de-horned for their safety and your own. We regularly vaccinate and trim their hooves to help keep them in good condition plus ear tag all our stock as required by law. We also drench and treat for lice if needed. In addition we also supplement feed our animals when required and allow them 24/7 access to fresh water and mineral blocks/loose minerals which are vital for their continued good health. They must all have access to draught free shelter as goats hate the rain and can get sick if left in the elements! Young kids also need to be protected from predators like foxes, eagles and dogs.
Goats are perfect on small lifestyle acreage as well as bigger properties and we have found them to be very kind on the fences if they are content with company, routines, food and shelter. They will test them though so they need to be tight and at least 1.2 metres tall and tight enough they can't squeeze underneath. There are always some exceptions and some can be Houdini's if given the chance. Make sure they can't use a top rail to gain purchase and learn to jump too as its a very hard habit to break. Bottle babies in our experience who seek out your company tend to be more mischievous. You must start with strong fences they cannot get through, under or over because if they can get out it can be an extremely difficult to get them to stop!! Particularly watch for rails they can crawl up or use on the top of fences to gain purchase and jump onto and over. Rail fences and pallet fences act like a ladder to a goat.
You need a minimum of 2 goats or 2 pigs as they are very socially reliant on each other. You will be supplied with a pig pass and all our animals are ear tagged as required.
Goats and pigs come in a huge variety of shapes and colours. We are proudly registered with the MGA - Miniature Goats Australia and you can find very valuable information on their website which can be accessed through our 'Links' page. Being part of this association allows us to show and be involved in some fantastic events and we would recommend you consider joining, even as a social member if you are keen to become involved with this wonderful breed. We are also registered with the DGSA for our Diary Goats and the link is also available with cheese recipes and all sorts of info on the web page.
Another love of mine is gardening and the goats, chickens and pigs help out whenever they can. A little nibble here and the trimming of a rose bush there...
A home grown veggie patch is a great asset to a goat/pig owner. They love fresh food, but only in small amounts at any one time so you don't upset their tummies. It is not wise to let them gorge themselves on new feed, introduce it slowly otherwise you could really upset the balance of their stomach. Please take care to be familiar with what is toxic to your animals though as it is certainly very false that they can eat anything and some very common plants can be deadly so please BEWARE and always check before giving them anything your not certain of!