We started our herd in 2008 with a purebred Toggenburg goat and a Mini-Toggenburg. (a mini goat is one whose mother is a purebred large breed and the father is a Nigerian Dwarf). As we learned our way around managing our 2 girls, and getting through our first kidding season, we decided to switch over to raising Alpine does instead. We’ve kept our Mini-Togg, Camryn, and she is most definitely our herd queen! While a little smaller than her Alpine barn mates, she is the boss.
We recently moved to a larger property with 2 barns. Our herd now contains 5 milking does, several doelings and we are raising American Alpines and Nigerian Dwarf goats. We still have our herd queen Camryn, and our 2016 kidding season is underway. (Our sale page link has recently broken, so for information about kids and older goats for sale, please visit our Facebook link!)
Our ranch began when we first met a llama at the county fair. We were taken in by how tall they were, and by how calm they were. We made some inquiries, and soon my son was enrolled in the 4H program showing llamas! Shortly thereafter, we acquired our first llama, Indian Peaks Trident, at a silent auction during a llama show. Suddenly, we were the owners of ‘livestock’. We couldn’t keep him at our house in the suburbs, so we looked into property. That led to a 5 acre ranchette in Elizabeth, Colorado. Within the first year, we added more llamas and chickens. After a few more years, we realized this was more than just a hobby, and moved to a 35 acre property a few miles away, our current homestead!
Our family is conscious of the foods we eat and where they come from; this led us into the goat world. We did a little searching and found out the many benefits to owning our own dairy goats. We now milk at least 5 does a year, we offer herd shares, and make our own cheeses and goat milk soap! Becky is experimenting with all kinds of Goat Cheese recipes; the family favorite is Goat Cheese Truffles and a pound cake made with goat cheese!
We also raise ducks and chickens for eggs. Our youngest is continuing in 4H, and is excellent at showing goats and llamas at the county fair and other local shows. She hopes to be ready to compete with one of our new horses this year.
What Do We Do
The barnyard leads to many other fun activities. Becky is a 4H leader in Elbert County. She leads a local community club, as well as heads up the “Hummers”, a Llama & Alpaca project group. Recently, she has teamed up with other alpaca & llama owners in the surrounding community to host an Open Class division for Fiber Arts & Fleeces in the Elbert County Fair. She is very excited for her newest acquisition, a 36″ floor loom! Once the big projects get completed around the house and ranch, she hopes to get it warped and ready to go (new terms…still learning what they all mean…)