Muscadine Creek Dairy Goats: Our Herd
Thank you for visiting my herd page! We hope you enjoy getting to know our herd! We love chatting about goats and spending time with my goat friends.
I started the herd in 2019 with my very first two Nubian does from TN... the rest is now history. My passion at Muscadine Creek dairy Goats is to improve the Nubian dairy goat.
MEET OUR HERD
We have standard Nubian dairy goats and we LOVE them so much!
Cashmere is a beautiful spotted doe who was born in 2015. She was one of my very first goats that I purchased a few years ago. She has a BIG personality and loves to boss her mates around. She is most definitely the "herd queen" and she lets the others know that she is in charge. Cashmere came from Tennessee.
Bashful is a stunning spotted wether (fixed male goat). Before he got fixed he sired my very first doeling ever born on my farm. Bashful was born on our farm in 2020. He has been a blast to watch grow up and is now the biggest in the herd. Bashful loves to have all the attention on hime, and just loves a good scratching.
Phyliss's full registered name is Blissberry Against The Odds. Phyliss came all the way from Minnesota to be with me. She is a very beautiful doe that was born in March 2022. She LOVES to be with people and walks right up under your feet. She has the longest ears in the herd.
Trouble's full name is Blissberry UWereTrouble , after Taylor Swift's song.. her damlines name theme is Taylor Swift. Trouble is such a cutey! She is very affectionate and love to curl up in my lap. She also came all the way from Minnesota! She was born in April 2022.
Here at Muscadine Creek Dairy Goats we provide the highest level of care and feed we can provide. Vaccinations, health testing, and feeding are done on a strict schedule to make sure our herd is as healthy as can be and that they are in tip top shape at all times.
First and foremost we provide 24/7 access fresh, clean water and premium western alfalfa. They are always happily munching.
We also provide high quality minerals, thorvin kelp, and baking soda. They love licking them up and grow sleek, shiny, and nourished.
Since we are a show herd we vaccinate for CD&T as well as Pasteurella. Worming is only done as necessary , we have our own microscope set up and do fecal tests to be sure before we treat for anything. We provide copper boluses twice a year.
When considering the health of our herd, no expense is spared. We are firm believers in the power of proper vaccinations and use of antibiotics under the supervision of our vet. Which is also something very important. We have a good working relationship with our vets at Auburn teaching hospital. We are still learning and always trying to improve our practices.
We practice rotational grazing on our farm. We rotate our goats for no more than two weeks per area. They are rotated among several different patures and don't return to the same pasture for at least five weeks. We use electric fencing (solar powered premier 1) to rotate them.This is the absolute best thing I do for parasite management in our very parasite-y Alabama.
Care for does:
Dry Does: When the does are not in milk or late pregnancy, our does do just fine on pasture and hay without any grain. They get rotated among pastures using a Premier 1 electric netting to ensure they get fresh brush/pasture and to keep parasites at a minimum. They also get free-choice Premium Western Alfalfa or Premium Perennial Peanut Hay. Thay also get free-choice Bermuda/Bahia hay that is of the highest quality. We check body condition scores and FAMACHA regularly. If the does ae on the low end of either of those we run a fecal with our own microscope. We only deworm as needed to reduce wormer resistance. If the doe is a little under condition but otherwise healthy we will feed her some Senior Horse feed (just a little) until her BCS is normal. Hooves are trimmed as needed (around once a month), copper boluses twice per year, and minerals are available free-choice. I feed Sweetlix Milk Maker, Baking Soda, Redmonds Selenium Salt, Thorvin Kelp, Dumor, Fertrell, and Diomand V Yeast. Fresh clean water is available at all times. Blu-Lite is added on hot days to ensure they drink lots of water. CD&T is given about a month before kidding season as well as their Pasteurella vaccine.
Late Pregnancy: One month prior to kidding we begin our late pregnancy care. We trim hooves, give a dose of Replamin gel and Selenium & Vitamin E paste. They are also slowly introduced to my milkers ration (ADM dairy goat pellets, Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Alfalfa Pellets, Oats, Calf Manna) and monitored each night with my camera system. I am with every single one of my does during kidding.
After Kidding: Does receive YMCP warm water and grain immediately after kidding. They are them milked and put with the rest of the herd. We do not deworm after kidding unless body condition drops or fecal warrants it.
Milkers: While does are in milk we give them my milker ration (ADM 16% dairy pellets, Alfalfa pellets, BOSS, Calf Manna, Oats) on the milk stand, as much as they can eat. During the spring and summer and fall we rotate the does in our Premier 1 electric netting to keep parasites down and so they can eat as much as they want. They get free-choice Premium western grown Alfalfa or Perennial Peanut Hay and a Bermuda/Bahia mix. Minerals are offered free-choice. Fresh clean water is available at all times. Blu-lite is added in the hot summer months or any hot day to entice them to drink lots of water.
Care for Bucks:My boys are very well cared for. We check BCS and FAMACHA regularly and fecals are run when bucks aren't on top of their scores. They are only dewormed when found necessary. When the bucks aren't in rut they are out on pasture together eating as much as they want. Our bucks are fed free-choice Premium Western Alfalfa and have minerals available at all times. Sweetlix milk maker, Baking Soda, Purina, Redmonds Selenium Salt. Every evening they are locked into their own stall and fed 16% goat pellets with added Ammonium Chloride. When is rut bucks are kept in their own stalls and runs to prevent fighting. They are fed free-choice Premium Alfalfa and minerals and get fed 16% goat pellets with added Ammonium Chloride twice a day. Bucks get their CD&T boosters once a year about a month before breeding season as well as their Pasteurella vaccine. Copper is given every six months as well as Replamin gel. Hooves are trimmed as needed.
Care for Kids/Juniors:
Birth: All kids are pulled at birth and bottle fed 15% of their weight in powdered colostrum. They are washed, dryed, and get color coordinated disposable collars (pink-girls, blue-boys) and put into their own totes.. Cords and hooves are dipped in Chlorohexidine to help dry them and prevent infection. Weak kids are given a dose of BoSe, but I've never had to. As soon as they have had the right amount of colostrum, I immediately move them to the kid nursery and begin training them to the lambar. They are fed warm pasteurized milk free-choice.
First week: CD&T is given for first time, and they get all the milk they want via lambar. Any bucklings who need disbudded get it done and are given a Tetanus antitoxin.
Week 2-16: At week two kids are moved out of the nursery and put in the barn in the kid pen. They get transitioned to the big lambar and are still fed freechoice milk, as this is closest to how they naturally feed off their dams. I add ProBac C to the kids milk starting at 3 weeks old for my coccidia preventive. They get disbudded within this time frame as well as tattooed. CD&T shots are given at four weeks, 8 weeks, and 12 weeks old. Pasteurella is given at 13 and 15 weeks old. Alfalfa and grass hay, and minerals start being offered at four weeks old. At 14 weeks kids are fed milk twice a day, at 15 weeks once a day, then weaned at around 16 weeks old. Areas that kids are kept in are cleaned regularly, feeders are kept off the ground, and hay and water is refreshed daily to prevent coccidia.
Terms Of Sale:
Thank you for choosing Muscadine Creek Dairy Goats! We are excited that you chose us for your next herd addition!
Reserving your Kid:
Prices quoted apply to pre-kidding reservations only; prices for individual kids will be determined as they grow based on genetics, confirmation, and other factors. You are welcome to be added to a waiting list, but reservations do take priority. If you would like to reserve a kid, we ask that you send a deposit of $100 per kid ordered, as all kids are subject to prior sale unless we have a specific order with a deposit. Reservations are made based on the order in which deposits are received. A reservation is not made until we have receive your deposit.
If for any reason, the purchase is cancelled after the initial commitment has been made, or the purchaser fails to show up at their appointed pick-up time, deposits will be non-refundable.
If your choice of kid is not available, we will gladly refund your deposit, hold it over to the next year, or transfer it to another kid if that is your desire. Please note: Nubians can be born any color and we cannot guarantee that kids will be a specific color or pattern.
In order for our herd to grow and improve, we reserve the right to retain any kid born at any time they were born on our farm. This means that if a deposit is placed on a kid we decide to retain, that deposit will be promptly refunded or it can be applied to another kid-that breeding season or the next. We will also deny sales if we feel it is in the best interest of the healt and well being of the animal.
If the day of pick up must be changed, a $5 per day boarding fee will be added to the remaining balance. All animals are to be picked up at our farm, unless otherwise planned beforehand. The remaining purchase cost plus any boarding fees is due at the time of pick-up.
All kids will be sold disbudded, tattooed, given first CD&T, and trained to lambar. Kids will be sold registered and transferred in to the new owner.
On any buck kid purchased from us, we reserve the option to purchase up to 20 straws of semen for the cost of collection. We also ask that you refrain from marketing semen from any buck purchased from us until you have evaluated several daughters in milk.
If at all possible, we encourage you to pick up your kid at our farm so that you can visit the herd and meet related animals.
By making an official reservation with a deposit you accept and agree to our Terms of Sale in its entirety.
Bringing your kid home:
The purchaser is responsible for all shipping costs including the shipping crate, airfare, any required health tests and interstate health certificates, prior to the time of shipping. We may also find it necessary to charge a delivery fee to the Atlanta Airport as it is over 250 mile round trip. We will provide the registration certificates and transfers to ADGA members following the shipment of your kid(s) and after the final balance of the shipping costs have been paid in full. We abide by the ADGA recommended trade practices for members (section XIX in the ADGA guidebook). All out of state ground shipments also require a CVI for travel to destination state.
All bucklings will be sold DNA typed at no additional cost.
We invite you to pick up your kid at farm soyou can meet the herd and related animals. We love showing the herd and farm! However, we realize that this isn't always possible so we are happy to offer shipping out of the Atlanta Airport! We prefer to use Delta or American Airlines. We ship our babies inearly morning flights to arrive at their new destination by the afternoon.
We ship our kids by four weeks of age, as we feel at this age they are off to a good start and able to adjust to their new homes quickly. The buyer is responsible for all shipping costs prior to time of shipping; including airfare, shipping crate and required crate supplies, CVI, along with any required testing fees for out-of-state shipments as well as transportation to the airport. Airline shipping costs often differ from one airline to another.
Our guardian of choice is the Great Pyrenees. There are several breeds of LGDs. While researching the best breed for our farm, I quickly settled on the Great Pyrenees. My criteria for my lgd of choice was strict- they had to have the ability to form a strong bond with my beloved herd of dairy goats, have a very low chance of injuring the livestock, be able to withstand our hot summers and cold-ish winters, show a strong nurturing instinct, and have a high sucess rate of keeping predators at bay. As studies have shown, no other breed of LGD could compare to the Great Pyrenees in terms of the above list. A guardian dog is just that... a "guardian". This differs from a "guard" dog as a guardian protects and guards but the main difference is how its done. A Pyr bonds to its animals and protects out of love for what its protecting. While it protects, it will also care and nurture its charges. Quite simply, the Great Pyrenees is the only breed of LGD that we would trust with my herd!
These guys are no longer here but will always hold a special place in my heart.
June 2020 - September 2021. Pesky was the twin brother to Bashful. He had the most unique markings and was so tiny! I love him soooo much! Pesky was always getting into mischief.
March 2014- October 2021. Daisy is the mama to Pesky and Bashful. Daisy was also the very first goat I picked out. She was such a goofy funny girl. She gave me the most milk. She also only really let me take care of her.. she was a one person goat. Daisy is on my market sign, she was always smiling!
May 2020 - December 2021. Kingsley will always be my heart goat. He is the very first goat I watched be born on my farm, the very first goat born under my care, was the sweetest goat in the whole wide world and was my little shadow. He has been the hardest to let go and I miss him so much!
May 2022- June 2022. This sweet little baby was the first doeling born under my care. She was born preemie, SO tiny! She was also born with a fast spreading cancer like clots, that heartbreakingly took her away way to soon. She was the sweetest little baby.