25 years I focused on excellent health and performance, based on
good genetics and sound management. Our very friendly goats were always exceptionally healthy, documented with periodic test
They were always a pleasure.
Alfalfa and grass hay was the bulk of their diet. Grain was fed
based on individual need, mostly very little. Salt, trace minerals and
fresh water were always available. Vaccinations and parasite treatments
were tailored by individual need. Affection was our secret
ingredient. The herd was dispersed in 2003 for personal reasons,
although the affection for goats remains..
1986 graduate of WA State University
Extension's first Master Dairy Goat Farmer program
Assistant editor and staff writer for Goat
WORLD magazine (1994-1999)
Chaired NPGA's Health, Education &
Research Committee (1993-2000)
Authored numerous educational articles for
NPGA's MEMO magazine since 1986
Edited many NPGA publications, including the
books Best of MEMO 2 (1988), Best of MEMO 3 (1996); assisted
with Judges Training Manual (1993), New Owner's Manual (1994),
and several other publications
Co-owns Washington State University's GOATS
email discussion list (est. 1993), which is devoted to
educational and management topics. (Click the link for subscription information.)
Speaking engagements include: What is a Pygmy Goat?, mastitis, pelvic capacity, body
condition scoring, kidding and dystocia, health and disease,
genetics, milking the Pygmy, showmanship, What is a Llama?, and
numerous other topics
Participated in DHI milk testing (305-day
lactations) through the American Goat Society in the 1980's to help
establish official milk production records for Pygmy does.
Is the mailing list archivist for the American
Assn. for Small Ruminant Practitioners.
Makes a goat-themed quilt every year, donated
to the Clark County 4-H goat program to help sustain their ventures.
Supports the Clark County Market Goat
program, buying a goat every year for gastronomic pleasure.
:-) Goat meat is healthy and tasty.