Royal Highlands Dairy
in Northern Idaho, we strive to breed
a structurally correct, strong yet dairy, naturally healthy goat. Our goal
is to breed does that will maintain level lactations and high production
over many years while at the same time retaining the linear type and graceful style
that makes up a quality show goat.
Our girls are on
Milk testing again in 2012, and have done very well in previous years. We try to Linear Appraise annually
and did so again for 2012. Our appraisal went well, the appraiser was very
informative and we learned a lot. Belle was the only doe who received her
permanent score this year (90 VEEV), but all of our other mature does did
very well also.
All our goats are tested at least annually
for CAE. WE ARE 100% NEGATIVE. We CL test all goat prior to entering
our herd, we
are CL negative for 2011. We plan on G6S testing all of our Nubians as
we are able, "My-Enchanted-Acres SonRise" being our first we've tested, he
tested NORMAL :).
2011 was another very big year. We started
selling our milk and milk products at the Kootenai County Farmer's Market
each Saturday. We brought in a couple new bucks in addition to keeping 2 of
our own. Our herd is definitely improving. We were very pleased with our
Linear Appraisal this year. All of our mature animals (over 3 years) scored
90 or 91. Our average score for all milkers and bucks was 86.1. We had
a large number of younger animals this year, so we were happy with that. In
November, all of our does age 2 and up (except one) received their Superior
Genetics awards if they hadn't already. Crystal, Glitter and Claire also
were named Elite does for 2011. We are very proud of our girls.
was been a big year for us. We have greatly expanded our herd and we are
very excited to see what we can produce as we blend these animals. We are
increasingly shifting our focus to the goats.
As a big part of this, we have received our
Permit # RGM 012 as Idaho's 12th Raw Goat Milk Dairy. This has been a big
step for us. After being a dream for years, the dairy is finally becoming a
reality! We now sell Raw Goats Milk at local retail locations as well as
directly from the farm.
Honestly with the economy we don't
know what the future holds, but we believe that God has lead us to this farm
and now 15 years later to start this dairy. So, in that... we would
encourage everyone: Know what God wants from you in your life and then
walk out what you KNOW to be true, not just what you think might be true.
Make sure your "KNOWING" has a trustworthy foundation.
Trust in the LORD with all your
heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways
acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Be not wise in your own
eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:5-7