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WHY PURCHASE FROM US?
A FEW FINE GOATS... A LOT OF PERSONALIZED TLC
ADGA-registered breeding stock
Pedigrees unique in New England
18 Years of breeding experience with service after the sale
ALL does milked from freshening onward and we track production potential
ALL kids bottlefed so that you spend time loving them, not taming them
Dawnland genetics back up successful goats in both the US and Canada
We select for friendly, productive, conformationally-correct, hardy goats and work to improve on those qualities with every breeding
References upon request--We've sent kids off for all sorts of life adventures: as beloved pets, as valued breeding stock, as ambassadors for the Nigerian breed. Our goats have traveled to Canada; the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA; the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston; and the Roger Williams Botanical Garden in Providence, RI!
Pet-quality and ADGA-registered breeding/show kids will be available in June/early July
New Kids Start Arriving in April 2019. All of our babies are bottle-fed from Day One. They are happy and healthy and friendly companions suitable for pets. Our ADGA-registered kids have promising pedigrees for milk and show.
"The Mature Look That We Appreciate"
DAWNLAND SORCERER'S ZELDA exemplifies the style that we are selecting for in our adult goats: long, level, and dairy. Photo Courtesy of Sharon Churchill.
...Living on a farm which is one's own, far from the hectic, artificial conditions of the city--a farm where one gets directly from one's own soil what one needs to sustain life, with a garden in front, and a healthy ...family to contribute those small domestic joys... THOMAS EDISON
Dawn Land Farm, the culmination of a lifetime worth of dreams and five years of hard work, is our seventy-acre piece of Heaven in the midst of rapidly expanding suburbia. Although most of our land is forested, 25% is wetland. Because of the habitat variety, we have an incredible array of wildlife on our property, including blue herons which nest on the snags in our spring-fed "Beaver Pond". We named our farm in honor of the native Abenaki who once populated this area. They were referred to as "People of the Dawn Land" to differentiate their members from more western counterparts in Vermont and New York.
Bohdan, the resident Golden Retriever, spreads his affection and shares his joie du vivre
Prince, our Turkish Kangal household guardian. He comes to us from Shadow Wings Farm in Georgia. CLICK on his photo to learn more about their breeding program.
TURKISH AKBASH DOGS--OUR LIVESTOCK GUARDIANS The National Dogs of Turkey Loving, Loyal and Ever Watchful
Kurt, our registered stud dog, is out of a Turkish import dam. Our Akbash Dogs were purchased from Tamara Taylor at Patteran Dairy Goats in Texas. CLICK on the photo to learn more about their Akbash.
Purebred, UKC-Registered, with Direct Import CH Lines and the Product of Patteran's Thirty Year Working Dog Breeding Program The Best, Smartest, and Most Temperamentally-Stable Dogs We've Ever Worked With
--STAY TUNED FOR AN "AKBASH PAGE" AS WE REVISE AND UPDATE OUR WEBSITE--
You know something I don't know You go places I can't go You lift your head when the breezes blow To voices older than time HOWL AT THE MOON--Cheryl Wheeler
Our oldest doe is Piddlin Acres W Rosemary, coming to us from Texas at the tender age of four weeks. She had her 12th birthday in February 2019 and it looks as though she will live to a hundred. She enjoys the role of herd queen in her retirement.
Individual TLC is One of Our Goat Management Strategies!
NIGERIAN DWARF DAIRY GOATS.....Our beloved goats provide us with friendship, entertainment, low-cost therapy, and--most importantly--gift our family with their pure, sweet milk! We have been breeding Nigerians, with an emphasis upon both milk production and show conformation, since 2002. Our foundation stock included New England-based Stonewall Farm and Rosasharn lines, originating from breeders who shared our passion for structurally-sound, good-natured, and healthy, productive goats. We supplemented those original lines with quality goats from across the country and now the Dawn Land herd contains breeding animals from Dill's-A Little Goat Farm in OK, Feather and Scale Farm in ME, Harley Hillside Farm in CA, Kyeema Ridge Farm in MI, Lady Walkers Half Moon Farm in NJ, Lost Valley Nigerians in TX, and Poppy Patch Farm in WA. We register the herd through ADGA.
A healthy Nigerian is a top priority with us and we approach herd biosecurity very seriously. Purchased goats come from farms that share our concerns about contagious disease and test regularly with negative results. New additions to our herd are quarantined, and blood-tested when indicated. As well, we do not offer breeding/leasing/exchange services. Finally, kids are pulled at birth and raised, using CAE prevention, in areas separate from our adult goats.We are blessed to have a good working relationship with an excellent caprine vet: Dr. Simon George, of the Deerfield Veterinary Clinic, provides medical care for the Dawn Land herd. We plan to repeat whole herd screening for CAE, utilizing the sensitive ELISA blood testing through WADDL, in early summer 2019. We have never had a case of CL, sore mouth, or foot rot, nor evidence of any goat wasting. In fact, our oldest senior girl, the esteemed Stonewall's India Wilkes, dam to ARMCH/GCH Halifax+S++B, passed away in Winter 2012 three months short of fifteen years old!
MEDITERRANEAN MINIATURE DONKEYS... BONNIE & BARBIE... AND A MAMMOTH DONKEY AS WELL... DUSTY... Our longears serve the same function as church bells in a city, their timed brays reminding us of the day's passage from breakfast hay to supper hay. The goats depend on their calls to remind us to show up at the barn on time. Donkeys are very smart and very gentle, the perfect trustworthy equine for a home with children. Our donkeys are NOT used as livestock guardians, nor do we recommend the use of donkeys in that role.
Dawn Land Farm's equine crew grazing the barnyard
THE HORSE, BELLA, A QUARTER PONY.....Our smart, sweet, well-trained girl with an attitude!
Pretty and Pink
CONTACT US AND COME VISIT OUR GOATS...
We are located ten miles from the Haverhill, MA border. Let us show you that miniature goats make great backyard pets and milkers. A properly cared for doe or fixed male (wether) is clean and odor-free. Nigerians are intelligent, curious, and friendly animals. Their small size is not frightening for children. For gardeners, their pelleted droppings are a great source of organic fertilizer. And, as home milkers, Nigerians are economical and produce an amazing amount of milk for their size.
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Every freshened doe is milked twice daily. Our raw Nigerian Dwarf goat milk is very sweet, not at all "goaty" tasting, and has a high butterfat content. It makes for great goat cheeses and delicious ice cream.
-PICTURES OF THE SEASON-
Udder Photos of the Six Senior Does Freshening in April/May 2019
They will have their first ADGA Linear Appraisals in September--Go Girls!