Originally purchased for their ability to provide a little value-added product for the farm, we purchased Spanish Cashmere goats in 2016 from Ann Wood in Ohio. At the time we did not realize that Spanish goats are threatened, and appear on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy watch list. The Spanish goat has the ability to breed out of season, and is an excellent range animal because of its small udder and teats. In addition, Spanish goats are very hardy, able to survive and thrive under adverse conditions, with only limited management. Spanish goats have shown excellent hardiness and have shown themselves to be a low-input goat compared to other meat breeds. In 2009, there were approximately 8,500 purebred Spanish goats nationwide. They are now held to be a conservation priority by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, and in 2007 the Spanish Goat Association was organized to help conserve this breed. We have the largest known stock of the “Wood” line of Spanish Goats in the country and our objective is to increase the number of caretakers/breeders to increase the numbers of this line of Spanish goats and make them less imperiled.
Eggs- Both Duck and Chicken –
Chicken- We feed our chickens all organic- feed and scratch, they also get grass clipping (we don’t treat our lawn for weeds or pests). The Golden Buffs lay an extra large egg but sometimes there are smaller eggs in the packages, we try to sell the largest eggs and keep the small ones for ourselves (but no guarantees on the size). The chickens are in a large netted pen that’s 25′ x 50′. We can’t pasture them because the hawks kill them. The feed does contain soy and corn so if you have allergies and are trying to avoid animals that have eaten these grains our eggs aren’t going to work for you.
Duck- The ducks are free range in the pond area which is about 3/4 acre area. They scrounge for bugs but are also supplemented with feed. The feed does contain soy and corn so if you have allergies and are trying to avoid animals that have eaten these grains our eggs aren’t going to work for you. We strive for all organic, but sometimes we mix in duck feed which isn’t organic because ducks do have different nutritional requirements than chickens and we haven’t found organic duck feed. Duck eggs are absolutely delicious, they have a richer flavor than chicken eggs and when cooked the yolk and white are firmer. If you’ve never tried them and you want to, contact me and I’ll set you up with a small amount to test out.
Home Made Soap – was born out of the desire to understand how our ancestors survived. JoAnne began learning how to make soap and render the fat that goes into it. She has used a variety of fats and when we have had fat that was harvested from the grass fed sheep, that also went into the soaps.
Hand made Lotion- Soap and lotion goes together. Once you learn to make soap then curiosity leads to learning how to create lotion. It’s a completely different process, but fun. All lotions are custom made depending upon the needs of the client.
Healing Salves- JoAnne has recently started making salves for healing from plants we are growing on the farm. The salves are great for small cuts, abrasions or rashes. Made from all natural ingredients that contain healing properties.
Firewood- We sell seasoned fire wood in face cords. We’ll deliver a face cord if you need delivery for an additional $25. If you like to use a smoker we have cherry wood that is perfect for smoking meats. If you have questions or need less than a face cord don’t hesitate to contact us.
Cashmere – is one of the value added product from our Spanish goat bloodline, not all Spanish goats produce cashmere, only specific bloodlines. Harvesting it entails combing out the goats in the spring when they begin shedding their warm winter under-fleece. What specifies cashmere? The fibers need to be below 19 microns. All of our goats, regardless of age, produce cashmere that is below 17 microns with the finest being 13 microns and even the oldest Dam of 13 is producing a mean fiber diameter of 15.7 which is unusual for a goat of this age. Unfortunately selling cashmere is a difficult process. We’ve yet to figure out how to do this. We’re still working on it and will update with that information once we’ve figured out the sales process.