Hops N Lops Farm
About Our Goats
About Our Goats
Like many other herds, ours started as a 4-H project. In 2009 after a year and a half of leasing and showing a dairy cow, I was looking for a larger animal that I would own, breed and raise on my own terms. In spring of 2009, we had a friend who was looking for a companion for her goat and soon after we purchased our first Nubian and her daughter would become the foundation of our herd. From there, we began showing at the 4-H level. Through my 4-H career I was able to work with other 4-Her's Saanens and fell in love with these gentle giants, so in August of 2011 we purchased an unregistered Saanen kid from a backyard herd and registered her as native on appearance. Our herd has improved and developed tremendously in quality since then as we strive to produce animals excelling in type and function. Our goal is to produce hardy, structurally correct and productive animals while keeping limited numbers.
We spend a lot of time managing our herd to work at their potential. While we want animals that do not need to be babied to be hard workers, but we still do our share to make sure their psychical needs are met. We feed our does a basic 18%-20% grain. Our bucks receive a medicated grain year round that contains ammonium chloride and has a ratio of 2:1 calcium to phosphorous to avoid urinary calculi. Everyone is fed a second-cutting grass hay along with access to pasture and browsing during the day. They have access to minerals and fresh, clean water at all times. Our herd is vaccinated with Vision CD&T vaccine and receive copper and selenium supplements biannually.
We breed our goats to kid January to April of each year, with some yearling milkers being bred for late spring or summer. We attend all kiddings and remove the kids at birth and feed them heat treated colostrum and pasteurized milk from birth. We raise our herd on traditional prevention program to ensure we remain a Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis free herd. All kids are given nutrient rich supplements from birth until they are three days old to help supplement anything lost in the heat treating process. Our kids are raised on a coccidia prevention program. Having limited numbers means out kids get lots of individual attention daily and are extremely friendly. Please view our "Goats for Sale" page for more information on our breeding plans, kidding schedules and available kids. We offer considerable discounts for pre-reserved kids so we highly encourage placing a reservation if you are interested in a kid. We do offer older young stock or does in milk for sale from time to time to keep the herd size manageable.
We are currently an ADGA Plus herd having participated in linear appraisal since 2014 and standard DHIR milk test since 2017 so we can have structural and production records for us to use and to give potential buyers as much information on our animals as possible. We also tested our entire herd for G-6-S to confirm our entire herd is normal so all animals are normal by parentage. We also Alpha S1 Casein and DNA type our animals so most, if not all kids are eligible to be parent verified. We are very proud to have animals with excellent appraisal scores, Top Ten records and ADGA National Show production awards.
We try to attend as many shows a year as possible and National Shows whenever possible to evaluate our herd to other herds throughout the region and country. Our does have done incredibly well and improve every year earning many grand champion and best in show awards. Our does have also been quite competitive on the national level at National Shows and in All American competitions.
We maintain a small herd so animal availability can be limited. We take a limited number of buck reservations on all of our does and highly encourage to place a reservation in advance for a discounted rate. We offer shipping out of Bradley International Airport in Windsor, CT. Please refer to our "Goats for Sale" page to read over our sales and shipping policies before contacting us about placing a reservation or inquiring about available kids.
Thank you so much for reading about our dairy goat herd! We put a lot of time and dedication into all of our animals and hope you can see that. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Proud Member of:
American Dairy Goat Association
American Lamancha Breeders Association
Connecticut Dairy Goat Association
International Nubian Breeders Association
National Saanen Breeders Association
2018 Premier Youth Saanen Exhibitor
2018 Premier Youth Recorded Grade Exhibitor
2018 1st Place Senior Management
2018 Recorded Grade High 305 Milk
2018 Recorded Grade High 305 Butterfat
2018 Top Ten Saanen Recorded Grade #5 Butterfat
2016 1st Place/Udder Nubian Milking Yearling
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