Doelings, buckings, and wethers will be for sale this spring! Please contact me at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list.
Mrs Finch is registered with the British Goat Society (BG) and GGBoA (PB). She was bred to Myles (BBGoA AM3) and is due on May 20th. Highlights: excellent beard, long hair mohawk, and moderately long pants. Very large, well-attached udder. Pictures of her dam (Treasured Sunrise Rosegold "Ivy") and her sire (Stumphollow Jeroboam) can be found at https://thelowerhomestead.weebly.com
Kids will be TBD
Pipi is registered with the GGBoA (AM3) and was bred to Myles (GGBoA AM3) and is due on April 23rd. Pipi has very long hair on her thighs, a wonderful high brow, and a small beard. Pip's mom, Olive, has been milking steady since February. A nice, long and steady lactation! Pictures of her dam (Ardelia Olive and her sire (Stumphollow Jeroboam) can be found at thelowerhomestead.weebly.com
Kids will be TBD
Goldie is registered with the British Goat Society (BG). Her status with the GGBoa would be Purebred. She was bred to Landmark (BG/Purebred) and is due on May 27. You can find milking stats and photos of her dam (Pot o' Gold) and her sire (Halfcreek MoeMoe) here: www.treasuredsunriseacres.com/Guernsey.pdf
Kids will be British Guernsey and Purebred Guernsey
Doelings: $600 (1st doeling retained)
Girlie is registered with BGS as British Guernsey and would be purebred with GGBoA. Delivered one doeling and one buckling on April 10. The gentlest, go-along goat we have, medium gold, short hair. Pictures of her sire can be found at www.treasuredsunriseacres.com/Guernsey.pdf, unfortunately I can not find photos of her dam (Goshenfarm Hildegarde).
Kids will be British Guernsey/Purebred Guernsey
Doeling: $550 (RESERVED 4 LILY)
Buckling: $500 (RESERVED 4 CARL)
Off-Farm Bucks that Provided the Assist (Thank you Four Winds)
Registered with GGBoA as American Guernsey third generation. Polled, small white blaze on forehead. Kids from this mating could be polled!
Registered with the British Goat Society as BG.
Kids are available after 8-10 weeks of being dam-raised. All of our goats have free-choice access to fresh water, local grass hay, minerals, and are given supplements as needed. Prices and registrations are subject to conformation and breed standard assessments. Sales include: BGS registration and wethering as applicable. We do not disbud but we will schedule it for you to have it done by an experienced goatherd at an additional cost. We accept payment via PayPal and Cash. **We reserve the right to retain from any breeding.**
The American Guernsey goat was developed in the US using genetics from the rare Golden Guernsey breed from the UK. Their coat is golden in color, varying from dark gold to light gold, and they are the smallest of the standard sized dairy goat breeds. We find that the breed's disposition is very similar to a golden retriever. Kids love to crawl in your lap and fall asleep, and this tendency does not seem to fade with time. The goats are very social animals and will follow you around the field seeking your attention. When describing my goats in the section below, I had to refrain from saying the important things like "very friendly, very personable, sweet, goat" because frankly, they all fit that description.
The American Guernsey is FINALLY recognized as a breed by the American Dairy Goat Association. Our goats are either registered with the British Goat Society or the Guernsey Goat Breeders of America. They will be re-registered with the ADGA when that becomes possible. There is still a great deal of work to do populating the database with older goats before our goats can get in!
We are members of the American Dairy Goat Association, the Guernsey Goat Breeders of America, and The British Goat Society.
This is a complicated question. The true Golden Guernsey is a rare breed of dairy goat from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. They can not be imported into the U. S. A few embryos were imported here in the late 90's, and the male progeny from that event have been used to "breed up" to the equivalent of a Golden Guernsey using does from dairy breeds here in the U.S.. At the apex of breeding, the progeny of these matings are named British Guernsey. Along the way to this apex status, progeny that are at least 87.5% BG (and meet breed standards) are termed American Guernsey.
Figuring out the status of a goat kid is quite complex, at least for me. Much of the confusion relates to whether the kid is going to be registered with the British Goat Society, or the Guernsey Goat Breeders of America, or SOON, with the American Dairy Goat Association. If you are seeing designations like "Herd Book 1, Herd Book 2, and British Guernsey", you are almost certainly dealing with a kid that is, or can be registered with the BGS. If you are seeing designations like "American Guernsey 1, American Guernsey 2, and Purebred Guernsey", you are almost certainly dealing with a kid that is, or can be registered with the GGBoA, or SOON the ADGA. And sometimes, kids are registered with both societies.
Additionally, the Breeding Up Program is very complicated. Your best bet is to study this section on the GGBoA's website, because I am still struggling with it myself. Whether the progeny from a mating is bred up or not is determined, in part, by the status of the sire, and often the status of the sire and dam's parents. It also depends on whether the kid is a doe or a buckling, as bucklings require one more generation to meet the same status as their sisters, at some levels.
What does it all mean? Well, that is up to you. Some folks feel that the breed standards developed by the Breeding Up Program, leading towards registration with the BGS, are somewhat "elite". They embody the characteristics closest to the Golden Guernsey. Others accept the fact that we will never truly have Golden Guernseys here in the US, and feel the GGBoA/ADGA standards embody the characteristics of what these goats really are... an American Guernsey breed.
The important thing to remember is this: any kid, American Guernsey, British Guernsey, HB1, HB2, Purebred all share the wonderful characteristics of the breed: they are smaller in stature, are great milkers, and have almost dog-like personalities. Their colors capture the shades of the sun, from a pale morning sunrise over a sleepy wetland..... to a powerful golden sunset over fields of grain. Only concern yourself with the status of the kid if you are interested in a breeding up program, with the focus of adding varied genetics to the gene pool and improving the characteristics of the breed. Sometimes it is easy to get lost in the weeds. I know I do. But when I go into the goat stall at night to feed them their final meal and kiss them goodnight, I don't love the BG any more than the AM. They are all wonderful friends and they will do their best to please you. And dismantle the barn. Because that is what goats do.
British Guernsey/Purebred Guernsey
British Guernsey/American Guernsey
British Guernsey/American Guernsey
HB2 Guernsey/American Guernsey
Shimmy the Shiv
British Guernsey/American Guernsey
Our goats are pampered pets. The 6 does share a 12x12 stall in our horse barn where they are safe and cozy during the night. They are fed local first cut hay, a natural vitamin supplement, and a very small amount of grain each day. Their stall connects to a hilly goat pasture, which is where they spend their time during the day, climbing natural ledges, snoozing in the forest, or munching down on our pasture grasses. They are pampered, but they are not spoiled. They go outside during the day regardless of weather (they hate rain), and have learned to seek shelter in the run in shed during the summer, or snack on dry hay in the nearby pop-up tent during the winter. Their stall is cleaned out every day, and during their dinner they are brushed, petted, and smooched.
We do vaccinate our animals for CDT and rabies each year. We feed them a natural dewormer supplement, conduct fecal tests to ascertain parasite load, and treat them prophylactically in the fall for external parasites. The herd is clean for all diseases with individuals periodically tested for Cae, CL, and Johnes.
Kidding season typically starts in April, with kids ready to go to their new home in 8 to 10 weeks. Rebates are given to 4-H families that are committed to showing this breed and allowing our farm to be recognized.
Please send us an email if you are interested in purchasing a kid in 2021.