1. How did you get started in the Boer goat industry? We got started in the Boer Goat industry through our grandson’s 4-H Nubian doe kid. We had raised Romney sheep up until that time, around 2002. We fell in love with goats at that time. We had to buy a “few.” We took a Nubian doe to a well know Nubian breeder and there in a back pen was the largest goat that we had ever seen. We asked what it was and why was it there. The breeder said that it was a Boer and that she had leased him to cross on some of her Dairy does. We bought a 75 % Boer doe kid from her and that began our journey into the Boer Goat world. We still have a small herd of Nubians, but the Boer goats are by far the majority of our herd.
2. What does your operation look like today? Our operation at this time consists of around 21 Boer does, and 4 Boer Bucks, two traditional colored and two black dappled. We are mostly focusing on breeding for color and have had some success. We have goats in WA, OR, PA, CA, and Alaska. We usually have around 60 kids born each NOV-DEC-JAN We stopped showing after we got Heaven Sent Ezekiel ennobled via USBGA. Even though he won at many shows, he could not be inspected, nor Ennobled by ABGA Judges because his breeder had disbudded him. We met so many people during the show years, 2004-2008. Not many years, but important ones for us and our herd. We no longer take outside breedings and have never had our bucks collected.
3. What do you enjoy the most about the Boer goat industry? We enjoy the friendships and people always willing to help. There was an accident to a friend of ours Nancy Dickie, a compound fracture of one of her legs. Goat people to the rescue. Two days ago, people came together loaded up her does, and Nancy accepted the very generous offer from Leslie to house the does until Nancy is better. Kaye came and took a pregnant doe to her place. This is what we love about the industry. Jake and Kimberly helped out Allan Luethe by taking about 60 does to their place and sold most of them, We took a trip to OR. City and bought 2 nice does.
4. Who was an inspiration to you or assisted you in improving your heard and how did they help you? We were fortunate to have 3 breeders step up and inspire us, mentor us and answer any and all questions. They were, Joyce Peterson of Oregon Boer Goats, Zoe Barr of Barr “Z” Goats and Aline Bright of Heaven Sent.
5. What has been your biggest challenge as a producer? I asked Ron what he thought that our biggest challenge was. He answered very quickly, two big ones, our wet weather and the cost of feed. 6. What are you most excited about in the coming year? We are the most excited about seeing our new kids each year and making new friends in the Boer goat world. Just this past year, we have met new breeders when they bought from us. We all stay connected via Facebook.