Dairy Goats of Spellcast Farm
Since the onset of Spellcast Farm, we have switched from dairy goats (2008 to 2012) to Jersey cows (2011 to 2015) and back to dairy goats when we moved to our own farm in 2015. While they do not produce as much milk as a cow, dairy goats are much more sustainable to raise and a better fit for our current property. Currently, we raise both French Alpine and Saanen dairy goats for their milk and meat. All of our goats are registered with the American Dairy Goat Association and are bred for their production, temperament and thriftiness. Our goats are on pasture 24/7 and fed no corn, soy or to our knowledge, genetically-modified (GMO) feed. They only receive grain (oats, barley, sunflower seeds and non-GMO alfalfa pellets) while on the milk stand, otherwise the eat grass, browse, organic hay and Chaffhaye. Goat kids are born in late winter, early spring and are raised on their mothers whenever possible. We prefer not to bottle feed. Once the goat kids are two weeks old, they are put up in a separate pen overnight and we milk the does in the morning and return the kids to them for the day. Any goat kids that are not sold as family milkers, future herd sires or kept by us as replacement milkers are used for meat.