Welcome!

Signet Dairy Goats welcomes you to our special place of Happiness.

We feel very strongly that the best environment for animals is the one that the Lord designed, and our herd ranges on open pasture whenever possible. The natural instincts of goats allow them to make use of forage even during winter when the plants are dead, and their browser's diet is substantially benefitted by the variety of forage options. A well rounded and variable diet helps keep health in optimum condition.

Because of this the herd gets plenty of exercise in good clean air and fresh ground, making for a better start in life for the young ones. We are proud of our young does and bucks and are glad that their new owners can look forward to them having long and productive lives as part of the family.

When we talk about records on our does, it is not DHIA records, since we don't have a Officail Tester anywhere close. So intsead we do it ourselves, (On years that we test!) We test weekly by weight, using a Polouze scale measuring to tenths of a pound. We consider production, length of lactation, conformation, and workablity into the equation when deciding who to keep replacement does from. Our goal is a well-rounded doe which will give a long life-time's worth of milk, joy and affection to her owners.

Here in Nebraska our herd browses the wild growing plants that range the Republican river breaks. To the north lies the beginning of the Sand Hills, and to the south the fertile fields of the Rupublican river valley. But here we are surrounded by a limitless view of fertile hillcrests broken by deep ravines and miniature valleys, which keep many a site of a homesteader's long ago dream. Stone walls, collapsed barns, and houses and outbuildings that still stand after decades of lonliness... you never know when you'll ride round a corner and find one. These old home sites serve as silent reminders of a different time, one that feels strangely close if you listen to the sounds all around, that haven't changed a jot in a hundred years. Or several hundred, for that matter.

We are grateful for the oportunity to live in this unique landscape, and for all the attributes that drew the first settlers here long ago. The fertile soil, good growing season, sufficient rainfall for a good decent yield of dryland crops, and a climate that is pretty high up there on the scale of preferences.

Easy winters make it considerably less stressful on animals and their caretakers, yet a few good cold spells each year cut numerous southern pests and infestations off at the knees, killing them before they even get here. We always appreciate not having to deal with those!

 

A goat's words of good wishes.

'May your hooves always be trimmed, and your ears never!'