CapriGem is our herd name, we are located in Western Pennsylvania (Venango County), Polk, PA to be a little more exact.
We raise Registered Nigerian Dwarf Goats. They are miniature dairy goats with a lot of personality. They can be kept on less land and are easier to handle than standard (larger) dairy goat breeds.
"The Nigerian Dwarf is a miniature breed of dairy goat originating in West Africa and developed in the United States. The balanced proportions of the Nigerian Dwarf give it the appearance of the larger breeds of dairy goats, but does stand no more than 22.5" (57 cm) and bucks no more than 23.5" (60 cm). Any color or combination of colors is acceptable. The medium length ears are erect and alert. The face is either straight or dished, and the hair is short and fine." - from ADGA website . Nigerian Breed Standard
We love having fresh goat milk. It tastes great. I have made fudge that was fantastic, and hope to make cheese soon. Yum!
We milk our does throughout the year. We bottle raise all kids.
We show both does and bucks at several ADGA shows each year. We also Linear Appraise almost every year.
We are considering taking applications for a farm *intern during the 2017 kidding season.
If you have a serious interest in raising dairy goats and a willingness to learn this would be a great opportunity for you.
Long hours will be required at times. You will need a strong work ethic and the ability to handle responsibilities and stressful situations. A private room with WiFi and meals will be provided. You are also welcome to come and go during slow times.
We are offering 1 position starting mid February, lasting about 2 weeks. You will have the opportunity to learn dairy goat keeping skills hands on! Including raising dairy goats, safe machine and hand milking practices, assisting in livestock labor and delivery, bottle raising youngstock, and much more.
Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to apply. Most of our goats will kid February-March.
If this would sound like something you are interested in please email us at [email protected]
*This is an unpaid educational position.
Last Updated: January 8, 2017