About our herd
The dairy goat herd at Jedidiah Farm grew out of a practical effort to provide our family with wholesome, healthy raw milk. As we researched the various breeds, Nubians made sense as they are a large, dual purpose breed which is naturally higher in fat and protein. On a small homestead, space is always at a premium- and dairy goats provide the best of many worlds. In scale, they are hardy, adaptable and easy enough for even a child to handle, with the capability of producing large volumes of milk and meat under correct management. Ultimately, our goal is to produce friendly, healthy, structurally correct Nubians that work well both on the homestead and in the show ring. Keeping the entire picture in mind, we are working towards a robust goat that thrives on holistic management, with easy kiddings and natural parasite resistance. We hope that you will love our Nubians as much as we do!
Because goats are ruminants, we believe that our number one job as herdsmen is ultimately to feed the gut; and so we avoid antibiotics, vaccines, pesticides, herbicides, chemical de-wormers and synthetic nutritional supplements as much as possible. Here on the farm, our animals have access to outdoor pasture every day the weather permits. They also receive custom baled, certified Organic Alfalfa hay and a small amount of locally grown non-GMO grains on the milk stand along with free choice access to loose minerals and kelp. Apple Cider Vinegar is available in their water for added probiotics and we use herbal de-wormers exclusively. Bo-Se and Copper boluses are also provided as needed.
We are proud to be ADGA Plus members working together to improve the Nubian breed by participating in Linear Appraisal, DHIA Milk Testing, DNA testing and parentage verification. All breeding stock is G6S normal by heritage or test, and we maintain a CAE, Johne's and CL Abscess free herd. We are currently in the process of typing all adult animals for Alpha S1 Casein, which will provide us with additional tools to select for animals which may produce milk that yields higher cheese volume, stronger curd, and certain components which studies have linked to healthier & growthier kids. You will find us at many local shows throughout the season and we enjoy interacting with and supporting our local dairy clubs.