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Goats are our staple red meat. We started raising goats in 2005, with two pure-bred does: an Alpine (Nermal) and a Boer (Lilly). Lilly was mated with an unrelated pure-bred Alpine buck the first season, producing our first farm-born goat, a male named Hector. The next season, Nermal was mated with an unrelated pure-bred Alpine buck, producing two males named Bacchus and Pan, and Lilly was mated with Hector, producing a male and female named Tootsie and Epona. This collection of goats was the genesis of our herd.

In 2014 we refreshed our bloodline by bringing in an unrelated Alpine buck, Gruff; he was born in January of 2014 and was the sole sire for all of the goats born in 2015, 2016 and 2017.


Boo (left), Lilly's son by Rincbeen in her fourth season, and Icarus, Nermal's son by Rincbeen in her third season, both at 16 months old.  Photo (c) Theresa Swenson 2010.
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Yin (back) and Yang, Nermal's daughter and son in her fourth season, respectively, at 17 weeks old.  Photo (c) Theresa Swenson 2010.
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Rincbeen, Lilly's only son from her third season, at two and a quarter years old.  He was the only stud used for breeding in 2009.  Photo (c) Theresa Swenson 2010.
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Rincbeen, Lilly's only son from her third season, at two and a quarter years old.  He was the only stud used for breeding in 2009.  Photo (c) Theresa Swenson 2010.
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Left to right: Rincbeen, Nermal, Yin and Yang.  Photo (c) Theresa Swenson 2010.
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Boo, Lilly's son by Rincbeen in her fourth season, at 1 year and 8 months old.
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Nermal at about 5 1/2 years, about 16 hours after having her fifth set of kids, which were born about 12 hours after the winter solstice (which occurred 18:38 EST 21 Dec 2010), which coincided with a total lunar eclipse (reaching totality about 3 AM EST 21 Dec 2010) for only the second time in the Common Era, the previous coincidence occurring on 21 Dec 1638.
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Set (back) and Luna (front), Nermal's fifth set of kids, which were born about 12 hours after the winter solstice (which occurred 18:38 EST 21 Dec 2010), which coincided with a total lunar eclipse (reaching totality about 3 AM EST 21 Dec 2010) for only the second time in the Common Era, the previous coincidence occurring on 21 Dec 1638.
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Goat vs. gate, aka <i>What Rincbeen Did</i>: Rincbeen's horns after a bit of battle.
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Goat vs. gate, aka <i>What Rincbeen Did</i>: Rincbeen's horns after a bit of battle.
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Goat vs. gate, aka <i>What Rincbeen Did</i>.
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Goat vs. gate, aka <i>What Rincbeen Did</i>.
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