Periodically, we have to take inventory of what we have and where we want the farm to go. This always results in some difficult decisions, because the heart and the head are not always aligned.
We have come to the conclusion, that we are primarily a meat goat and dairy goat farm, with pigs and pork as our secondary livestock and product.
We will continue to raise chickens for eggs, but as mentioned in an earlier post, we are out of the broiler business. It is not profitable and not sustainable. We’ll still do a few turkeys every year.
Beef is a difficult one. We will stick with our two Dexter cows to provide us some meat and some cows milk for cheese. Our mixed breed heifer will be processed this fall and our bull calf will be processed next year. We don’t have enough quality pasture to raise large feeder steers for either ourselves or customers.
So, having thought this through, and sitting in my chair praying for wisdom, we are going to make some outstanding animals available for sale.
1. Our two beautiful Belgian Draft Mules, Laverne and Shirley. These girls are awesome, but just too much animal for our little place. They need to go to someone who can work them in harness or ride them. They are green broke and will need an experienced hand to get them back in practice, but they love attention, stand well for the farrier and load easily. They must go together as they have never been separated. We paid a handsome price for them, but would let them go for $2,5oo total. That’s a steal.
2. We are getting out of rabbits. We have two breeding pair of registered American Chinchilla bunnies. These are heritage rabbits, barely a year old. They are worth a great deal and will produce outstanding offspring. We’ll part with them for $100 a pair. Again, I know we can get more, but we want to move them.
3. We have some super Nigerian Dwarf Goats we need to sell to make room for bigger goats. We have some babies, some older girls and even some does in milk. The milk is awesome, BTW. We have a couple males as well, one of which has horns, but is positively gorgeous. If you’re just getting into goats, or have a small place, Nigerian Dwarf Goats are the perfect breed. Prices vary according to age, gender and blood line.
4. We have a one year old pair of Black Spanish turkeys. These two birds are delightful. They hatched 14 live poults this spring. They are good parents and pretty well mannered. Our place is too near busy roads, though, and they are good fliers, so they need a home somewhere more remote. They have always been free range. Call me crazy, but I’ll let them go as a pair for $60 and we get more than that for a Thanksgiving bird.
5. We have a yearling female Vietnamese Pot Belly Pig. She is a fantastic mother and had no trouble birthing. Patty probably weighs a little over 100 lbs. She’s a little bit wild, but if you can catch her, you can have her for $50.
We have three or 4 two year old Buff Orpington hens that can go for $15 each. They will lay for another year or would make great stewing hens now. If they don’t sell, we’ll put them in the crock pot ourselves.
I think that’s it. Our miniature donkeys are not for sale at any price, so no need to ask. They are expecting a foal again this winter, but we will be keeping it to train in harness.
An opportunity like this will probably never happen again from our farm. These are quality animals at crazy bargain prices. Our sacrifice is your gain. Let us know if you’re interested or pass the word along to someone you know who might be.