August the 21st marked the anniversary of our 3rd year milking goats commercially. Much has changed since the milk tank has been turned on that day. I recently read a book called the "The New Farm" by Brent Preston and I was encouraged to reflect on where are farm is at and what progress we have made. While it is easy to only talk about the things that are going well, I will be the first to admit that the last three years have been an incredible journey with much to celebrate but some days are hard.
So here I go with the things we are celebrating:
BABIES -> This past year we had a record number of kids, while having records when you have only been in business for three years is pretty easy. Raising healthy kids a lot of hard work and dedication.
MILK PRODUCTION -> Our goats are producing tons of milk! We are currently milking 170 goats and have a herd average of 3.60 Litres per day. We are so pleased especially because it has been a super hot summer but the ladies just keep setting new records.
HERD QUALITY --> This year we had 61 of our goats classified, and we are so pleased with the results. We had four does and a buck that were classified as "excellent". The herd consistency was also evident in the results. Next year we will participate in milk test and in the spring of 2018 we hope to start doing some embryo work.
WORK LIFE BALANCE -> We have two incredible employees who allow us to have time for our young family. Since we started the farm we have had two of our own kids needless to say we feel incredibly blessed and look forward the years to come for both our farm and our family.
Thank you to all who continue to support us and we look forward to the coming year.
A picture of our most "excellent" classified animal on the farm "Mattias"!