WELCOME to Lazy Lady Farm's 2017
Registered Alpine Dairy Goat Catalog.
Lazy Lady Farm's herd is one of Vermont's best
working herds . I have been working for three decades trying to
create a consistent, productive, and profitable herd of working
girls. If I didn't live in the cheeseroom I would be out there
showing them off. It brings me great pleasure to work with them.
I am sure that what I have to offer will be equally rewarding
Why a registered herd With a registered herd I can calculate,
observe, create, and recreate productive and well structured
does. I try to follow articles in goat journals about
different breeders and watch their progress. For me,
a registered herd gives me a sense of confidence for the
herd to make great strides in dairy herd improvements and then
I'm proud to offer offspring from these breedings.
Having a strong geneology is a powerful tool.
DHIR SHE'S A GOOD MILKER How many times
do you see this in an ad? What is that? To me a good milker
should give over 2000 lbs. by her second lactation. It means
that a doe will milk up to and over 11 lbs per day at peak
production (months 1, 2, 3) and then gradually over the next 6
months taper from 9 to 5 or 6 lb. per day. This is derived from
proven genetics, great pastures, proper grain feeding, and
decent hay. If someone says a doe is a great milker, you will
know only by trusting that she is telling the truth or by
reading her Dairy Herd Improvement Records (DHIR). Ours records
are posted here.
Herd Health We provide our animals with the best feed and
feed supplements. We carefully manage our soils with compost,
soil amendments and minerals. They have free choice of
kelp with added supplements of niacin, biotin, copper sulfate
and powdered molasses. They are also provided with browse
year round. In the winter months we cut hemlock and spruce
branches and bring them into their pens. The herd is pastured in
the summer, May through October, using intensive rotational
grazing. We make our own hay. Our organic grain is purchased
from Green Mountain Feeds in Bethel, Vt., who create our own
particular ration. The herd is on a CAE prevention program
which is a plus for us, the animals, and for you. This
disease is deadly and a heart breaker for any owner. We are
pleased to offer this to you. They are blood tested every year
and results are available for you to see.
CAE CAE is a viral infection in goats which can cause
encephalitis in kids and chronic joint disease and
hard udders in adults.
chief mode of of the spread of CAE is 1) ingestion
of virus-infected goat colostrum or milk by kids
2) horizontal transmission through exposure at feed
bunks and waterers, serial use of needles, equipment
contaminated with blood 3) licking the newborn at birth.
We have been CAE free since our beginnings. We
made that decision right from the start,
knowing that once it is in the herd it is so
difficult to eradicate. Being CAE free allows us to feed
unpasteurized milk thus providing essential nutrients and enzymes otherwise lost. We
also allow the milk to ripen sometimes for
24 hours to help build up the healthy bacteria
that is found in raw milk. This extra bacteria
results in fewer incindences of scours and
kids going off feed in their early months.
We test our goats annually to assure that CAE
is never present in the herd and to assure the
buyer that these animals are CAE free. These
tests are costly but they also are your guarantee
and our guarantee.
25 years of being CAE free is quite an accomplishment
that we are proud of.
Raising Kids The dams are allowed to fully lick and clean off the kids,
but I intervene with the colostrum feeding. Kids absolutely
need 24 ounces of colostrum in a 12 hour period. Hence I
tube feed 8 ounces of colostrum 3 times in that 12 hour
period.We then bottle feed individually for 2
days. In that milk I add nutri drench and vitamin C into
the milk. They are then trained to multi feeder buckets. I keep
6 kids per pen with 2 triple teat buckets. They work their way
up to 20 ounces per feeding. We feed 3 times per day for
the full 2 months. This prevents stress, overeating, and
scours. Second cut hay is offered starting at 1 week of
age. Grain is introduced by the 4th week. Kids are
dehorned between 7 and 10 days old. They are raised up to 50
pounds before weaning. When they reach 50 lbs they are
moved up to a shed that is attached to a 1 acre wood lot and
brush area to live in for the summer. They are fed 1 lb of grain
per day and 2 lbs of hay of second cut. They are not put
on pasture their 1st year to protect them from parasites and
coccidia. They have less resistance than adults do. They
are also offered plenty of kelp and minerals. They are ready to
breed when they have reached 80 pounds AND are 8 months
old. Being 80 pounds at breeding time is a crucial
weight for breeding purposes.
Farming Practices We produce our own hay from 12 well maintained
acres. We make 3 cuts of hay per year. The first and
third cut hays are round baled mostly dry and we produce square
bales for our second cut. The fields are cared for by
applying our composted manure, which has heated to 150 degrees,
been moved twice, and is 6 months old when applied in the fall.
Soil amendments are applied in the spring. The tilth of the soil
is very important to us and the environment. We have 14
small pastures to create our rotational grazing system.
The does are on one pasture for 24 hours. This gives the
pastures 2 weeks to recover before they return. It provides
for proper foliage growth without overgrazing
and allows us to cut the pasture if needed to eliminate
what they did not eat and grow the preferred grasses back
uninhibited. The soil, hay and pastures are our biggest tools
for creating award winning cheeses.
Off the grid Lazy Lady Farm has been totally off
the grid for 32 years with the use of solar panels and a 1K
wind turbine. (see Tour
photos) We have chosen to do so as a means of creating a
smaller carbon footprint. In doing so, it makes the farm
operation a bit more challenging and limiting but we accept the
About Us Lazy Lady Farm has been utilizing organic
practices since 1987. We now milk 41 registered Alpine does.
Lazy Lady Farm is a cheese operation, which prevents us from
getting these fine girls into the show ring but this should not
stop you should you wish to do so. We strive for great looking
animals, great milk production and great health to keep this
small farm viable. Lazy Lady Farm Cheese can be found all over
Vermont, New England, New York City and Chicago. We have
been featured several times in the New York Times, Vermont Life,
Williams and Sonoma magazine, and won several awards at the
American Cheese Society and ADGA cheese competitions. We
are a member of the Vermont Cheese Council since it began in
1997. I have served on the board and was president of the
council in 2009 and 2010.Contact
Most listings have two types of links.
YELLOW links follow
pedigree within our herd back in time.
WHITE links tap into the
American Dairy Goat Association's Genetics website, which
provides in depth tools for those serious about dairy goat improvement.
As you browse your way through the listings
'CHECK' anyone that interests you next to her
link on the left. This in no way places an order for that
doe's kid, but makes it easier to keep track of her. Just
'UNCHECK' her as your search narrows.