Ruggles Hill Creamery
Nationally awarded farmstead goat cheese   Hardwick MA
Alys grazing with mother Kay Hanna's Sabin

General Information about
our Herd and Sales

We value healthy, well-conformed, well-socialized kids and adults. Making sure that they are is one of our priorities. Our kids are raised by their dams and herd mates, yet are engaged by us each day. Our herd is small enough to allow this.

 

The kids learn their places in the herd and how to interact with people and other goats of all ages.

 

We annual vaccinate the herd (CD/T and rabies) and do limited fecal testing to verify that we have not need to deworm.

 

Doelings and intact bucklings are registered as American Oberhasli or American Saanen. In 2013, we will have some Experimentals (Saanen x Oberhasli).

 

 

With the exception of 2010, our herd has been closed with the exception of breeding services. Our bucks are allowed to hand breed outside healthy does in an area set aside for this purpose, and we do bring bucks into the herd. We have tested our herd for CAE since 2001 -- all tests have been negative -- and now test dams for CAE every other year as part of pregnancy testing through Biotracking. Purchased bucks are tested before and every other year after their arrival at our farm.

Our herd has and has had no health or disease issues. We are part of the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program (#MA-77).

 

Our herd is not shown but is linearly appraised every year.

All kids, including wethers, have been ear tattoo'd.


last revised February 2013 © Copyright 2013 Ruggles Hill Creamery| Tricia Smith