Parham Farms Dairy Goats
Proverbs 27:27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food,
for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens
Our breeding program is focused primarily on milking for the family
homestead. We are breeding for overall hardiness, a sturdy animal capable
of supporting optimal production over a long life. Important specific
traits are udder size and attachments, teat size and placement,
milk production, milking temperament, as well as dairy character.
Herd health is extremely important to us. Our stock has all come from three herd(s) that are free of and
test regularly for CAE and have never had an incidence of CL. We do draw blood for annual testing and are
happy to draw blood and run tests for any buyer as a contingency of, or prior to, at the expense
of the buyer. All of the stock at Parham Farms has consistently tested negative for CAE. We have never
had an abscess of any type and do not vaccinate for CL. We conduct our testing through Biotracking and/or WADDL.
If you are buying a dairy goat for milk, ANY BREED, be sure to get one from someone who milks,
and look for milking stars/awards (*M *D *P *S *B +S +B ) in the pedigree. Show wins, while nice,
aren't indicators of good milk production. Not all dairy goats are the best milkers and it costs
just as much to feed a poor milker as it does to feed an excellent one. No one can tell you if a maiden
doe will be a good milker for certain, but you certainly increase the odds in your favor dramatically if
her dam and the sire's dam are both good producers.
LaManchas are known for their wonderful temperaments and tiny ears. They are born with
unique small ears that easily distinguish them from the other dairy breeds. They are hardy, sturdy
and dependable goats making them perfect for the homestead. The distinctive breed feature is the ears,
There are two types of LaMancha ears, the gopher ear and the elf ear. In females, there is no advantage
of one type over the other. Gopher ears have a maximum length of one inch, with little or no cartilage.
The end of the ear must be turned up or down. Gopher ear are the only type of ear which will make a buck
eligible for registration. The elf ear has a maximum length of two inches. The end of the ear must be
turned up or down and cartilage shaping the small ear is allowed.
Although most are naturally horned, we and most other dairy breeders disbud them at a young age
(3-7 days old) for safety to the goat, the herd, caregivers, and visitors. The American Dairy Goat
Association and American Goat Society both require that dairy goats be hornless to participate in
the showring. A horned domestic goat can easily catch it's head in a fence, accidentally gouge an
eye or cause other injury to herdmates and caregivers.
LaManchas can produce milk that is high in both butterfat and protein. Another advantage to the
LaMancha breed is that many does can often be milked for two years without being freshened.
LaManchas are generally easy keepers and adaptable. They function well in a homestead or commercial
dairy setting. Lamancha's produce, on average, 2,300 lbs of milk, (average 7.5 lbs per day) over
a typical 305 day lactation.
Goats are more fun than you can imagine, they play all sorts of games.
They love to play hide and seek, to chase us around the barn, and games
like 'Simon Says' and the 'Hokey Pokey'. Here's a photo of one of our first goats, Snickers, doing
the 'Hokey Pokey', he's at the part "put your left ear in..."
Dollop loved to play 'Simon Says' as you can see in the photos below, she
is doing her best to mimic Ken's actions....Simon Says WHISTLE!!
....Simon Says SMILE like this!
It's difficult to express the joy and rewards that owning dairy goats have brought our family over the years!
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