Seven Winds & Anchors Aweigh Nigerian Dwarf Goats
Seven Winds Farm
My small farm is located in central Montana, just outside Great Falls. I selected my herd name as Seven Winds because the wind is always blowing around here and it comes from every different direction, sometimes changing direction multiple times in one day. Despite the wind, I have a little piece of paradise to share with my goats, horses, chickens and dogs. I will be keeping a small herd, breeding for quality animals that excel in milk production and are structurally sound.
I purchased my first registered Nigerian Dwarf doe in December 2014. My mother lives approximately 60 miles away from me and decided to join me on this goat adventure! Our first year was very busy; we participated in Linear Appraisals, DHIA milk tests, and successfully competed in 2 ADGA sanctioned shows. We have continued to participate in these programs and look forward to many more years of fun with our goats!
In August of 2017, I added two purebred (unregistered) Idaho Pasture Pigs to my farm. I then added a registered IPP gilt and boar piglet in September 2017. So beginning in Spring 2018, I should have feeders and possibly some breeders available for sale.
Kid Counts (both herds combined)
We purchased our first does bred, so our first kidding seasons were in 2015. However, the first kidding season of having kids born with our own herd names was in 2016. Here is a summary of kids born (both herds are included in the numbers):
Anchors Aweigh Farm
My mother, Wendy Brandt, has a beautiful little herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats under the herd name Anchors Aweigh. You will see these animals listed throughout the website; they will be noted as "owned by Anchors Aweigh." My parents have a sailboat and love sailing in the warm summer months so their herd name reflects their love of sailboats and is quite fitting for this new adventure they have "set sail" on.
Herd Registration & Health
All of our does and bucks are registered with the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) and some are also registered with the American Goat Society (AGS). We are proud members of both organizations and our kids can be registered with either organization.
Our herd is tested annually for CAE, CL, and Johnes with our most recent negative results received February 2017 for the whole herd. Montana is a TB/Brucellosis free state.
While testing can never guarantee with 100% certainty that the herd is free from these diseases, we feel the testing is important to herd health. For information about these diseases, I recommend that you visit WADDL's website (Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab) and read their Frequently Asked Questions about each of these diseases and the testing of these diseases. Each of these tests can produce false negatives or false positives, but we still choose to test so that we can make necessary decisions to keep our herd healthy. We do not purchase goats from untested herds, either. We do not allow outside breedings unless a doe is purchased from us and bred before she leaves our farm.