Here at Hawks Mountain Ranch, we strive to raise the healthiest and
highest of quality Pygora goats we possibly can. Not only through our
selective breeding program, but also through good herd management
Here's some of the ways we achieve this:
Bio-security farm practices~
We ask all visitors that come for a visit to wear clean, close-toed
shoes when coming to the ranch. We will also spray all shoes
with a clorohexidine disinfectant before entering our barns and
bio-security signs around our farm and secure our barns and gates
against any unauthorized entry.
Before visitors can come onto our property, we make sure they have not
visited a farm out of the country in the past month.
CAE, CLA, and Johnes disease-free herd~
Our Pygora goat herd tests negative for
Arthritis Encephalitis virus),
CLA (Caseous Lymphadenitis)
Johnes disease (Paratuberculosis).
parasite control, hoof trimmings~
We annually vaccinate each animal for
C and D and
All of our animals are given a dewormer 2 to 4 times
a year and we also hoof trim at the same time to ensure sound hooves,
strong legs, and
overall correct conformation.
Permanent identification of all animals~
Each Pygora kid is permanently identified with an ear
tattoo shortly after birth. We believe permanent identification
of our animals is a very important part of herd management.
Especially in keeping track of our Pygora kids born on the farm each
here on how to tattoo. The PBA registry also requires all
animals be tattooed or microchipped as a form of permanent
identification for registration.
Along with tattooing our goats, each goat
has an official USDA ear tag is inserted into their
Tattooing day on our ranch
One last kid to tattoo, where did he go?
Quarantine of all animals coming on our farm~
Although it has been many years since we have brought any new animals
onto the farm, any animals that are new to the farm or have left and
come back to our farm, are placed into a quarantined area that is
segregated away from all other animals. We allow no common fence
lines to avoid nose-to-nose contact. All animals are in this
special pasture/paddock for up to 2 months at which time they are
retested for CAE and CLA, foot dipped, wormed and inspected for
external parasites and treated as necessary before they are returned
back with the rest of the herd.
No outside breedings~
We no longer offer stud service either on or off our
property as part of our bio-security practices.
We continually observe our animals and do a "hands
on" condition score to ensure our animals are in their prime
condition possible. Note: This link is about sheep but it
applies to goats too.
Protein test our hay~
We randomly test our hay to ensure the quality of hay
we are feeding our animals. We will adjust our feeding
program depending on the results of the test.
Sound fencing and gates~
use 48"-54" high field fencing and do routine walks around our property to
ensure safe and secure fencing. We fix any gaps that might
allow a goat to squeeze through as the "grass is always greener
on the other side". At the same time, we also
check our pastures for any noxious weeds. We use 12' gates
to make it easy to drive our tractor or vehicle into the pastures.
We use guard llamas to protect our sheep and goats. We
have been very fortunate to have had very few
losses due to coyotes, mountain lions, or stray dogs wandering
into our pastures.
We encourage our Pygora does to kid naturally out in the
pasture. We believe leaving them to kid in their natural
environment that they are accustomed, helps cuts down on any
stress to the doe which can cause prolonged and/or problem
birthing. Once the kids are born, we move them into a kidding
pen inside the barn where they each receive individual attention and
are permanently ID'ed. Each kid and dam is inspected and any notes are
recorded on the dams individual pen card that hangs on the front of
the kidding pen during their 3 day stay.
Special care of our Pygora kids~
A special area is set up in the barn that only the kids
have access to so that they don't have to compete with the bigger
goats all the time. They can come and go as they please
while keeping the bigger animals out. They have their own lamb
creep feed, hay and fresh water to themselves. The nursery
area is also nice for catching up the kids at vaccine
At birth, the
kids are given a selenium and vitamin E shot and navels are clipped
and dipped in iodine to prevent navel ill. They are ear
tattooed for permanent identification at this time and photos taken.
The kids are weighed if we suspect there may be a problem. We
will continute to weigh them over the next 3 days during their stay in the
kidding pen. Once the kid is gaining the proper weight,
the dam and kids are turned back out to pasture and their pen card is
filed for future reference.
We disbud our Pygora kids. It is very important to disbud them
as soon as horn buds are felt (usually between 3-7 days of age) as
we find this helps to prevent scurs from developing at an
older age. We recheck each kid again at about 1 month of
age and will redisbud them if any horn growth is noticed.
PBA Registered Pygora Goats~
We are members of the Pygora Breeders Association and
all of our Pygora breeding stock is registered with the PBA registry.
They have an online herd book at:
www.pba-pygora.com This registry is a very essential part of the Pygora goat breed.
Pedigrees are documented and recorded and each animal must produce
fiber before it can be permanently registered. As a
courtesy to our customers, we take care of all breeding stock registration
transfer of ownership fees for you.
you are purchasing a kid before 6 months of age, chances are his/her
fleece has not fully come in yet. You will receive a pre-registration
certificate (with all registration fees for breeding stock already pre-paid by us) and
when the kids fleece grows in, they can then be permanently
registered. All of our breeding stock is guaranteed for permanent
your kids have come into "full fleece" (usually around 6-8
months of age), you can then submit a fleece sample and a side
view in color photo along with the original pre-registration certificate (don't
lose it or an additional fee may be required) and mail it to the PBA
registrar. Your goat
will then will be fleece typed and a permanent registration
certificate mailed to you.
If you have any questions, I
would be happy to help you. You can find more information about
permanently registration at the Pygora Breeders Association website
Our breeding stock comes with a guarantee~
Your satisfaction is important to us. If our
breeding animals fail to produce viable offspring for you after their
2nd breeding season, we will replace that animal for
for taking the time to read through our herd management
practices. We take lots of care and pride in raising our animals
and hope that by sharing our experiences with you, it will help you in
raising strong and healthy animals that you will love and have around
for a very long time!
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