Meet the Herd at Bending Birch Farm

 

Bending Birch Farm is a working goat farm in Limington, Maine that raises Nigerian Dwarf goats and produces handcrafted goat milk products like soap, cheese, fudge, and yogurt. All our products are made with love on-site with the help of our beautiful herd.

Our Girls came to us as a complete herd. We purchased them from Creeping Thyme Farm whose owners, Tim and Marie Clements, were retiring. It was exciting to them (and us) that the herd would be able to stay together. I was fortunate enough to spend a morning each week throughout a summer being mentored by Marie and Tim - learning to milk, care for the herd, and make all the goat milk products. The girls also had a chance to become familiar with me.

These goats, like most, love routine. They like to be milked in the same order every morning. As I walk in the barn early in the morning, Betty greets me with a loud bleet. She is the herd Queen and therefore is the first to be milked. They each come to the milking room door when I call their names in the familiar order. Oh yes, they all know their names and they all have distinct personalities. Nigerians are very intelligent animals. These girls also get a snack after their milking session is over. They walk down the milking stand stairs and look at me waiting for their banana. They all love bananas, peel and all! I enjoy the morning routine with my girls and hope you'll visit the farm to meet and enjoy them too.

A proud note about our herd pedigree: Four of our girls are daughters of NC Promiseland MG Diva 4*D AR 2005, who sadly passed away in 2018. In 2012 Diva produced 25% more than the top milker as tested by American Goat Society. Diva, however, was unable to accept an award as she was over the height requirements for Nigerian Dwarfs. We hope her girls Drama, Betty, Whoa and granddaughters Deux, MaryAnn, Nellie, Louise and great granddaughter Penelope can carry on the wonderful milking genetics of the famous Diva! We recently purchased an awesome buck, Tiny Hill Farm Dude of Thrones who is a smaller buck than we are accustomed to in hopes to bring the height down in our herd.

Most of our goats are duly registered with ADGA (American Dairy Goat Ass’n) and AGS (American Goat Society). They will be on DHIR Milk Testing in 2019 to evaluate their protein, fat and somatic cell count. This information will be utilized to monitor their milk production in order to make herd management decisions moving forward and to ensure we have a healthy, happy herd!

Below are our goats who call Bending Birch Farm home.

The herd poses for a photo opportunity

 

Drama

The name tells her story. Drama tends to be very dramatic. She is, however, sweet and loving.  She had five kids this season and successfully nursed them all!  Drama is daughter to the well-known NC Promised land Diva. Her sire is Old Mountain Farm Party Animal.  She is my best-behaved girl on the milk stand and a real snuggler! 

Betty

Betty is Boss! She’s not afraid to let you know when she doesn’t like something. She and Whoa are litter sisters and can be seen together most of the time.  Betty is a top milk producer. 

Whoa Black Betty, Bam-ba-lam!

 

Whoa

Betty’s side-kick sister. Lovely girl. We did not breed Whoa this year but are looking forward to breeding her in the fall…She is a gorgeous goat. She and Betty are daughters of the famous NC Promised Land Diva, so we know the genetics will be awesome!

 

Doll

Our Doll is a miracle goat. She had major medical issues during kidding season this past spring including a trip to the emergency vet. Chances were less than 50% that she would survive but she pulled through like a champ and successfully nursed her baby girl to health. Although she will not be able to breed again, we are retaining this miracle mom and her baby Nellie! She too is a Diva daughter.

Diva Deux

Deux is so named as she is the granddaughter of NC Promised Land Diva and looks almost identical to her. Betty is her mom. Deux successfully nursed 4 beautiful kids this year, one of which we retained (Penelope). She is a curious goat and also quite the food hound!

Louise

Louise is Drama’s daughter. When she first came to us we couldn’t even get near her she was so skittish. Now she welcomes her neck massages and cuddles. Louise is a first freshener with two doelings. She is a great mom and a very sweet girl. 

 

MaryAnn & Ginger

MaryAnn (left) is Doll's yearling daughter. She was not bred last season. We look forward to breeding her.  She’s timid but gentle. Ginger (right) is Holly’s feisty yearling daughter who also was not bred last season. We look forward to breeding her in the fall. 

Holly

Holly is a wonderful, protective mom and a sweet goat. She is small in stature but big in personality! 

Penelope Nigerian Dwarf goat

Deux’s Baby Penelope

Gorgeous doeling and super friendly. High hopes for the genetics in this beauty. Here she is caught in the act of eating our perennials!

 

Doll’s Baby Nellie & Buddy

Miracle Nellie! Love everything about this sweet girl; also from awesome genetics. On the right is Drama's sweet boy Buddy (wethered).

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Tiny Hill Farm Dude of Thrones

Meet our new blue-eyed buck, the Dude! (Tiny Hill Farm’s Karl Hungus*B X Tiny Hill Farm’s Sansa 1M). Dude has an impressive Pedigree, is ADGA Registered, and is very sweet! He and Buddy have become the best of friends down in the Animal House! Can’t wait to see his kids!!

 

GOATS FOR SALE: 2019: We have 7 confirmed pregnant does. Please check our Facebook page for kidding schedule. If you are interested in purchasing a goat, please contact us through this website, Facebook, or give a call. We maintain a list and those on that list will have first right of refusal as the goats are born. We ask for a $50 non-refundable deposit for this opportunity. Once kids are born we will communicate with those on list from top to bottom. Kids will need 10-12 weeks to nurse, grow and learn from their mothers. We will have a packet of information on caring for your new baby ready upon pick up and the balance owed will be due at that time. All goats are disbudded shortly after birth unless you request they be allowed to have horns. The goats will be up to date with all their shots, and will be tattooed if you plan on registering them. Bucklings will be neutered. If you plan on registering your goat, we will send you with registration papers as well. Our herd tested negative for CAE, CL, Johne’s on 4/28/18 and Brucellosis on 4/2/19 by our Vet, Dr. Taryn Pearson. The price for neutered bucklings is $150 and doelings with papers (to be registered) are $375+ depending on the goat (discounts for multiples). Unpapered does are $350. Please get in touch if you have any questions at all!

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