Our herd has been tested for CAE and we are happy to announce they are all Negative.
These are all of our goats. We have one Alpine Doe and ten Nigerian Dwarves (Three bucks, One wether, and Six Doe's)
How our farm got started
We wanted to get goats for three years but instead of "diving right in" and getting goats, we studied and did research on them and got enough courage to get one. We were looking around, for good quality Nigerian Dwarf goats. Then our friend came over and said, that he has a goat he would give to us. This goat was Betsy, one of the biggest alpine does they have had and she wouldn't stay in the pasture. She was an escape artist! Betsy had kidded a doeling for them but they never milked her, they just let the doeling nurse off of her. When Betsy's kid was old enough to stop nursing we came to pick her up and take her to her new home with us in 2012. She was a little more than a year old and had to be milked. Good thing that I got my practice in (The friend that gave us Betsy showed me how to milk). Everything was going good, but Betsy was lonely. We searched for goatie friends for Betsy. We found two Nigerians, One doe named Diamond, and One wether named Rascal. Their owner got them from a farm called Sandy Creeks. She bought them at two weeks old and hand raised them. She wanted them to have a good farm life (Diamond and Rascal didn't have any woods or pasture to graze in) and the owner didn't have enough time to care for them, like she use too (she worked a lot of hours at her job and her kids moved away). She wanted a good home for them. We bought Diamond and Rascal that day. They were both a year old and perfect for Betsy! When we brought them home, Betsy just perked up and now they love each other. We wanted the doe's for their milk. So Diamond was bred in December and had her first pair of kids in May. She kidded with twins, one doe and one buck. Both her kids went to live on a farm together in New York. We wanted to register Diamond to AGS but her previous owner didn't have her papers. We wanted more Nigerian does. We searched, and found three does that could be registered with AGS. We went to visit them, to see if we wanted all three. Well we came home with four... (three does and a buck). I started writing out the paper work to become a member of AGS. We needed a herd name, we picked Evelyn's Joy because our great grandma's name was Evelyn and she had goats too. She loved her goats so much! I think she would have been happy to know that we have goats now. That's how we got our herd name. Then later on we got Diamond's registration papers in the mail from her previous owner. We were so happy that we could get Diamond registered! Now we have all of our Nigerian Dwarves registered. Since then we got another buck in 2014 named Twilight Hills Black Angus. And in 2015 we got SincereMilk MSD Equinox, OL'Country SAY It Soft Verna and Sheperd Moons Cassandra's Star. That's the story of how Evelyn's Joy Goat Farm got started and we've been in love with Nigerian and Alpine goats ever since! ~ Jessica