Sugarplum Dairy was established in Floresville, Texas with an initial herd of Spanish does and one Nubian doe. A friend of ours once told us that if you think you know something (or everything) get some goats and you’ll have a whole new road of learning ahead. He was right! We realized that goats will quickly grow on you, and can quickly drive you nuts. We also realized we had been missing out on some good entertainment at watching the kids romp and stomp around the hills and dales.
Our goat kids are dam-raised and kept with the herd in order to best instill a “goat mentality.” We do like friendly goats, but goats raised by people on a bottle sometimes do not know how to be goats. It is absolutely possible to raise a tame goat without bottle-feeding! Young bucklings will be castrated at 1-4 weeks of age. We leave the horns intact. Did you know that the horns help to act as shock-absorbers during head butting? It is also thought that the horns help the goat to keep cool in hot climates by circulating blood through them, much like an elephant’s ears.
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With some of the wonderful bloodlines that we have collected, we also intend to offer dairy goat kids for sale, and possibly trained first-year milk goats for folks interested in supplying their own needs. If you are interested in the Dairy goats, please be sure to sign up for updates and let us know!
Our main herd does are of Spanish type to bring hardiness to our offspring. We also have percentage Boers for meatiness and for market goats at local livestock shows. Most of our mature market does are daughters of Jack, the Nubian.
Jack is a Nubian from excellent milking lines, and adds a bit of “flash” with his beautifully marked coat. Originally developed in England, the Nubian goat has traditionally been used as a dual purpose breed for both milk and meat.
We also have two Alpine bucks representing outstanding bloodlines represented in both milking and showing.
AP is a Boer buck and stood at Sugarplum Dairy as the market goat herd sire for several years until he passed in 2012 nearing 11 years of age. AP is descended from KALR Almost Perfect 10 from Pat and Dawn Foster’s No Step Ranch in Sterling City, Texas.