Kinder doe, Buttercup & Leo, a Nigerian Dwarf buckling
Kinder Kids Enjoying a Warm Spring Day
Our focus here at Primrose Dale is the breeding of Kinder goats. Kinders are a cross between a Nubian doe and a Pygmy buck resulting in the only true dual purpose goat breed that excels in both milk and meat production. They are medium size goats that are easy to handle and their personalities make them a joy to own.
According to the Kinder Goat Breeders Association, "Kinders make a large amount of milk for their size, and their milk tends to be sweeter and higher in butter fat than most other breeds. This makes it ideal for cheese-making and soaping as well as drinking. Reaching 70% of their full weight before they reach a year, with a dress out percentage of around 60%, they are also a wonderful option for those interested in raising goats for meat. They are very efficient in their feed conversion rate, and their milk and meat have both been rated as best tasting in competitions. Hardy and thrifty, these goats truly are the perfect breed!" Our Kinder goat herd is small by design as our primary purpose for raising them is to supply our family with fresh wholesome goat milk, milk products, and in the future, chevon. With the high demand for Kinder goats here on the East Coast where availability of this breed is scarce, and the love we have for raising them, we hope to provide Kinder does and bucks to other homesteaders who, like us, are looking for a small, hardy, dual purpose breed to add to their sustainable way of life. Keeping a keen eye for both meat and milk genetics and a focus on good conformational traits as well as temperament, any future foundation stock will not only come from proven, quality Kinder bloodlines but also from selective starter lines to introduce and expand our genetic base. Additional information about individual goats may be found under our Kinder Goats heading tab above.
All of our animals are healthy and well taken care of with appropriate veterinary care, clean, dry shelter and bedding, plenty of warm sunshine, fresh air, pasture and browse areas, stones/rocks to climb on and daily human contact. In return for our grateful affection towards them, they provide us with an abundance of food for our table: fresh goats milk, butter, yogurt and cheese.
We have testing protocols in place and each individual goat over the age of 1 year is tested annually for CAE and Johnes and for CL every 3 years.
We primarily do ourbreedings in the fall of each year for a crop of spring/early summer babies. All of our kids are dam raised except when circumstances demand otherwise. We try our best to keep the strong bond between mothers and babies intact while at the same time protecting them from contracting CAE as best we can through the testing protocols we have in place. We prefer to raise our kids within a herd setting and hierarchy which is as close to nature as we can make it. We believe this kind of setting provides the best opportunity for them to learn from their mothers and others within the herd basically how to be a goat.Free choice minerals, hay and grain are offered at two weeks of age and attention is given to ensure that they are eating well and growing. Kids showing any kind of stress are pulled from the herd and placed in an age appropriate peer group. In addition to being dam raised, we do think it is important also for kids to be exposed to daily human contact so they grow up less "skittish". As a result, our kids are typically very friendly and easy to handle.
At approximately 10 to 12 weeks of age, after they have been weaned from their mothersand have shown that they are eating well on grain and hay and drinking water, the kids are ready for their new homes. They are dewormed, toenails clipped, dis-budded and tattooed before they leave our farm. All kids receive their initial CD&T protection through their mother's late pregnancy CD &T vaccination as well as a booster prior to leaving for their new homes.
As always, our desire is that all of the goats we sell go to attentive homes where their new owners have the capability and desire to provide proper care and facilities. Thus, we may kindly inquire about knowledge and experiences, if any, regarding the raising of goats. We provide support before, during and after a sale by making ourselves available to answer any questions our customers may have about goats in general and the management of a herd as well as offering advise on housing and fencing requirements. If we are unable to provide answers we will do our best to direct customers to resources that can.
In addition, since goats are social/herd animals and require the companionship of others of their own kind, it is our policy that any goat sold must go to a home where there are other goats available as companions. If this is not the case, we will be glad to work with customers to provide suitable companions to accompany their new goat. Also, since all of our goats are disbudded, we do not sell to anyone where they will be sharing space with horned animals. Goats, by nature and sometimes just by individual temperament, head butt one another whether it's for establishing their position in the herd or attempting to settle some other dispute. The disbudded animal would have a dangerous disadvantatge and could be seriously injured or killed.
We do not ship. Goats must be picked up here at the farm and buyers from out of state are responsible for any costs associated with health certificates required for transport. All customers are encouraged to inspect the animals at the time of pick-up and be satisfied with their purchase prior to leaving our farm. We are happy to provide answers to questions about our herd here at Primrose Dale as well as about individual goats.
All of our breeding quality Kinder does and doelings as well as bucks and bucklings will be registered with the KGBA, Kinder Goat Breeders Association, as part of the fullpurchase price. Once the registration has been processed by the KGBA, a certificate will be sent to the new owner with the animals' registry information. Any discounted pricing offered on select animals may or may not include registration paperwork and will be at our discretion.
A deposit in the amount of half the purchase price is required to reserve a kid and accepted about one month after they have arrived and we know what we have available. This also gives us ample time to assess their quality as breeding stock and can be reasonably assured that they are healthy and growing well. The deposit is non-refundable and is applied to the final purchase price of the kid.
Please contact us for pricing on mature does, bucks & wethers Until Confirmed and/or Deposits Received, Prices Are Subject To Change.
While we make every effort to fill requests for breeding stock from those on our wait list, we do reserve the right at any time to retain any goat kid born here on our farm.
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