Dairy Goat Health: Our Top Priority
Biosecurity and the safety and health of our animals is top priority at Dancing Feathers Farm. Our entire dairy goat herd is tested twice annually for CAE, CL, Johne’s and bi-yearly for Q-Fever and brucellosis through WADDL, a nationally recognized, AAVLD accredited, full-service veterinary testing laboratory. We routinely collaborate with our local caprine veterinarian and check our dairy goats daily for abscesses, sore mouth, and health issues. Our dairy goat herd is closed; our goats do not leave the farm unless a life-threatening emergency occurs. We do not attend fairs or shows, conduct driveway breedings, or lease our goats out for any reason.
Our dairy goat herd receives a blend of both herbal and westernized wellness support techniques. We provide herbal supplements like red raspberry leaf, comfrey, slippery elm bark, and garlic to support healthy pregnancies, healthy digestive systems, and prevent parasites. Hooves are trimmed every other month, adult goats receive annual CDT vaccines, and we provide probiotics at the start of kidding, breeding, and spring grass season. Goat kids are given a second CDT dose at 8 weeks old and also given probiotics to aid digestion and strengthen their little rumens.
Our Dairy Goat Nutrition Program
Our dairy goat herd enjoys 24/7 free choice, locally-harvested grass hay, a custom, caprine nutritionist-developed dairy goat grain, and access to spray-free rotational grazing pastures planted with perennial Michigan caprine-balanced grasses and grains throughout the growing season. We provide our goats with fresh veggie treats from our personal kitchen garden, hand-blended herbal supplements from Jen’s herbal apothecary, apple cider vinegar in clean water we change daily, and free-choice baking soda and caprine minerals for every member of the herd.
Dairy Goat Herd Shares in Southwest Michigan
Michigan state law expressly prohibits the sale of raw milk. As law-abiding citizens, we do not sell milk (raw, pasteurized, or in any other form), cheese, or dairy products as it is illegal for us to do so. Instead, we offer herd shares to a small, select number of families in our community.
Dairy goat herd shares allow local community members to invest in and financially own a portion of our goat herd. As a shareholder, you enter into a contractual relationship with Dancing Feathers Farm and pay us a monthly fee to board, feed, milk, and care for your share of the dairy goat herd. In return, you receive (amount depending on your shareholder level and herd production) goat milk once per week.
Our Goat Herd
Our goats are family. We work extremely hard every day to maintain our herd’s physical and mental health and we intentionally invest in caprine veterinary specialists, continuing education, and mentorship networking strategies to ensure we have the latest, most up-to-date caprine health and wellness information. Scroll down to learn more about each goat in our herd and to view available kids.
Bryrpatch Sid’s Show’n Promise
Promise is our purebred Nubian herd matriarch. Born in April of 2018 from a beautiful genetic line, Promise is a reliable, well-mannered queen who readily eats anything we put in front of her and quickly converts it into buckets full of milk. She kidded twin heavy and healthy Nupine bucklings for us in 2022, birthing completely on her own with zero complications. Promise’s beautiful udder produces close to 9lbs of milk a day and we treasure her place in our family as the first dairy goat we’ve ever owned.
Sire: Lunamojo Val’s BLR Obsidian *B
Sire’s Sire: CH Goldthwaite Prince Valient *B
Sire’s Dam: Lunamojo CB Blackstar Sapphire 13*M
Dam: Bryrpatch Show Sto Dbl P Er 1*M
Dam’s Sire: SG State Line B Dbl E Dbl R Un +B
Dam’s Dam: SG Bryrpatch Show Me Yours
QMF Nox’s Sun God *B
Apollo is our handsome American Alpine herd sire. He was born in February of 2022 and came to us from Quarter Mile Farms, one of southern Michigan’s best French and American Alpine goat breeders. Apollo comes with a performance-packed pedigree, gentle temperament, and gorgeous cou claire coloring. His dam maxes out her milk tests with over 15lbs of milk – and a beautiful udder to boot! This boy is the whole package – a sweetheart and stunner. We can’t wait to see the kids he throws with our does.
Sire: *Elite* SG Pleasant-Grove RR Mathias +B
Sire’s Sire: SGCH Marran Rose’s Rochester +*B
Sire’s Dam: CH Pleasant Grove Zen Mirabell
Dam: SG QMF Goddess of the Night 2*M
Dam’s Sire: Caprice Acres Midnight Star +*B
Dam’s Dam: QMF Back Street Allie 1*M
Todaro Farm Big Bad Barb
Barb is our gorgeous moonspotted registered grade Nubian. She was born in February of 2020 and came to us from the wonderful Todaro Farm, one of Southwest Michigan’s most knowledgeable, kindhearted, truly dedicated-to-excellence Nubian goat breeders. Barb is a big-time outdoor gal and when not grazing on every piece of delicious grass possible, she is lounging in the sun enjoying her life near the top of our herd’s hierarchy. We welcomed her to the farm while in milk from her second freshening and she consistently puts nearly 5lbs of milk in our bucket a day. We’re thrilled to have her in our herd and can’t wait to see her kids hit the ground each spring.
QMF Northern Territory
North is our spirited, gorgeous polled Purebred French Alpine doe. She was born in February of 2022 and came to us from Quarter Mile Farms, one of southern Michigan’s best French and American Alpine goat breeders. North is a complete joy to have in our herd and a family favorite due to her incredible personality and laugh-inducing daredevil goat antics. Her captivating cou blanc coloring is perfectly complemented by bewitching wattles; she is by far the fanciest girl on the farm! We are excited to get this knockout on the milk stand!
Sire: Caprice Acres Outback Brisbane – Polled
Sire’s Sire: SG Evermore Outback ++*B
Sire’s Dam: Caprice Acres Irish Red 3*M
Dam: Regel Katan Farm Monarch 1*M
Dam’s Sire: SG Kickapoo-Valley Life Abraham +*B
Dam’s Dam: Pleasant-Grove Lifeline Thrown
Forever Home Daisy
Daisy-Daze is our gentlest, sweetest purebred Nubian doe. She was born in February of 2022 and came to us from Forever Home Dairy Goats in Northwest Indiana. Sweet Daisy is Jen’s favorite goat on the farm. One can often find Jen hanging out with Daisy in the pasture, sitting goat-in-human-lap among the dandelions, simply enjoying one another’s company. Daisy sports the most beautiful coloring; from her unique white blaze and tan trim to her partial belt and frosted ears, this girl is one heckova eye-catching beauty and we’re thrilled to welcome her exceptional genetics to our herd.
Sire: Clarion To Infinity And Beyond
Sire’s Sire: Blissberry Who Done It? *B
Sire’s Dam: Clarion Tino Above And Beyond
Dam: Forever Home Lilly Anne
Dam’s Sire: Hoanbu Rel Sunbeam *B
Dam’s Dam: Patch Of Pines Phoebe
Available Dairy Goat Kids
About Dancing Feathers Farm’s Dairy Goat Kids:
- Dam-raised exclusively until 2 weeks old
- Fed by both dam and bottle until weaned or they go to their new homes
- We do not bucket/Lambar feed; our goat kids are fed by individual bottles with Pritchard teats and handled by adults and human kids multiple times a day
- Our barn is unheated; winter-born baby goats receive supplemental heat by heat lamp until 4 weeks of age, then we allow their bodies to naturally acclimate to the weather
- We provide a CDT booster vaccine and access to fresh hay, water, and medicated grain starting at 8 weeks old
Our Dairy Goat Kids Leave Our Farm With:
- ADGA registration submission confirmation form
- An ADGA bill of sale
- Full birth and health history
- Our latest herd health test records
- A collection of goat kid tips and tricks
We are lifelong breeders and welcome questions anytime – if we don’t immediately know an answer, we will do everything in our power to find it.
43666 County Road 388
Bloomingdale, MI 49026