Kara (a little and front) and Maddie resting in the shade.
The cows coming home.
years, the Brandt home had an overabundance of goat milk. A portion
of this milk was used to raise bottle calves. The majority of these
calves were Holstein-beef crosses purchased from one of the local dairies.
While most of these calves went to market, a few remained with us and become
the foundation to a small beef herd. I showed a few shorthorn in
highschool through my 4-H and FFA projects and our herd was influenced
through the use of my shorthorn show bull Ernie (our first bull).
We are currently using a Limousin bull and our very happy with these calves.
They are very easy keepers and have increased muscling.
One of our second generation boer kids.
After we stopped dairying, we had
to make a decision about the goats. We either had to sell them all
or find a less labor intensive method of maintaining them. Our farm
consists of 156 acres of with many steep slopes. Much of this land
is impossible to brushhog; therefore, the goats were very helpful in pasture
management. At the time, our decision was to keep some of the goats
for pasture management but switch to meat goat production. We sold
a large portion of our does and bred the rest to Boer or Boer-Spanish
bucks purchased from breeders in Texas. We had some major difficulties
the first few years-primarily because dairy goats do not do well in low
management situations. Since our initial switch, extensive culling
has occurred and several management changes have been made. Our second
and third generation meat goats show a definite
improvement in maintaining their own body condition and raising their kids
to their dairy goat parents.
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