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            WELCOME   to  Lazy Lady Farm's  2018  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 for you.

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.

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 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 challenge.

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.
Laini Fondilier, Lazy Lady Farm, 973 Sniderbrook Rd., Westfield, Vt 05874    802 744 6365 laini@lazyladyfarm.com

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