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Adaptable all-purpose goats
As with every animal here at Texas Ridge, the goats play a very special role on our farm. They provide both meat and milk, while they help us manage our pastures and forest. Every member of the family helps out with the goats, from the morning milking, to the afternoon walk through the forest, to training the babies to be ready for shows or homes, to using the fresh milk to make ice cream and cheese. We love our goat herd and think you will too.
Nubians are a full sized dairy goat breed known for a very easy-going personality and delicious milk. Our does produce delightful creamy milk that is naturally homogenized, but separates into a thick cream layer after setting for a couple of days. The flavor is extremely mild and has no "goaty" aftertaste that turns many people off of goat milk. If you're deciding whether goat milk is right for you, ask us for a taste of our goat milk!
Show quality, family friendly
Our registered goats boast a variety of beautiful flashy colored coats, and proportional well-attached udders, and will provide above-average, sustainable production of delicious milk, even on pasture. We run an all-natural program, so our milk, and any goat being sold for meat will be free of antibiotics, growth hormones or chemicals. Instead, we supplement our herd with a diet of locally grown, non-GMO barley, oats and peas, mixed with vitamins, minerals and apple cider vinegar.
Sharing the milk
At Texas Ridge, we believe that mothers play a vital role in preparing their offspring for their lives ahead, so we allow our goat moms to raise their own babies. After an initial bonding time where the kids get exclusive access to all of the doe's milk, we gradually begin to separate the babies from their mothers at night and milk in the morning. We reunite mom and baby after the morning milking, and the kids nurse all day long while mom grazes. Eventually, the babies are weaned and we continue to milk until midway into the doe's next pregnancy. We get plenty of milk, and our herd is healthy, strong, well-bonded and stress free!
Can't fence me in?
We've heard it said, "If your pen can't hold water, it won't hold a goat." Well, here on the Ridge, our goats get rotated in pastures with hot wire fencing, and that's it. We find that respect for the fence can be passed through the generations. Basically, if the mom respects the fence, the babies will too.
In addition to the paddock rotation, our goats get walked daily and are raised with our herd guardian dogs who ensure they stay safe, even when browsing deep in the forest.