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UPDATE 12/24: All the kittens have been rehomed. Thanks to everyone who gave them new homes. We will have more kittens in the spring.
~ *REHOMED* Kitten #1, Photo 1: Female, medium/long hair, adorable tortoiseshell
~ *REHOMED* Kitten #2, Photo 2: Male, short hair, orange & white tiger
~ *REHOMED* Kitten #3, Photo 3: Female, medium/long hair, tortoiseshell with freckled nose
~ *REHOMED* Kitten #4, Photos 4-7: Female, short hair, black & white tuxedo
~ *REHOMED* Kitten #5, Photo 8: Male, short hair, orange & white tiger with white-tipped ears.
~ *REHOMED* Kitten #6, Photos 9-10: Male, medium/long hair, black & white tuxedo (I call him the "little black bear")
~ *REHOMED* Kitten #7, Photos 11-12: Female, medium/long hair, dark tortoiseshell with a lot of personality
~ *REHOMED* Kitten #8, Photo 13: Male, short hair, orange & white tiger
~ *REHOMED* Kitten #9, Photos 14-17: Female, medium/long hair, flashy tortoiseshell
~ *REHOMED* Kitten #10, Photos 18-19: Female, short hair, black & white tuxedo
~ *REHOMED* Kitten #11, Photo 20: Male, medium hair, orange tiger with white chest and paws
Birthdays: All the short-haired kittens are siblings that were born on Sept. 16, 2022. All the medium/long-haired kittens are siblings that were born on Sept. 22, 2022.
These kittens are accustomed to people, farm animals, other cats, and machinery. They are eating moist and dry cat food, and we also supplement them with fresh milk from our goats. Their mothers are excellent mousers and are training them to hunt by bringing them rodents to eat. These kittens would be good outdoor or indoor cats. They have been living outdoors, so they are adjusted to the winter temperatures here in Montana (though they will need a warm place to sleep if they are to live outdoors).
No shots or early spay/neuter. We will not hold or deliver kittens or meet for pick up -- they must be picked up at our farm. No returns or "trying out your pet." Before you consider adopting one, we expect you to be prepared and willing to properly take care of kittens and to be patient while they adjust to the new environment of your home.
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Give your loved one the unique gift of a miniature goat this Christmas! Krebs Dairy Goats offers gift certificates for Nigerian Dwarf goats so that the recipient will be able to pick out their own special goat when they are ready for it.
Nigierian Dwarf goat kids are due to be born from March through June, 2023 (see our 2023 Breeding Schedule for specific sire/dam pairings and due dates). We will have lots of kids available and plenty to fit your budget. Touch bases and let us know what you are looking for. There will be many colors and patterns to choose from, and some of the kids will even have wattles. For examples of some of our past kids, visit our Baby Goat Photo Gallery.
Wethers (neutered male kids) ~ $ 100 each. Excellent choice for pets. Available as bottle babies and will be ready to pick up as soon as they are born and have had colostrum. If desired, they may be registered with the American Goat Society for an additional registration fee of $ 25 per kid. Reserve with a $ 50 deposit ($ 50 balance due upon pick up).
Doelings ~ Starting at $ 450 each. Future milkers, breeding does, and/or show goats. Come dual-registered with the American Dairy Goat Assocation and the American Goat Society. Take home as bottle babies or when weaned at 8-10 weeks. Reserve with a $ 100 deposit.
Bucklings ~ Starting at $ 450 each. Future herd sires and/or show goats. Come dual-registered with the American Dairy Goat Association and the American Goat Society. Take home as bottle babies or when weaned at 8-10 weeks. Reserve with a $ 100 deposit.
Adult Does ~ Starting at $ 550 each. Milkers, breeding does, and/or show goats. Come dual-registered with the American Dairy Goat Association and the American Goat Society. We will have a number of adult does that are currently producing milk available March through May, 2023. Reserve with a $ 100 deposit.
Kids are routinely disbudded (horns removed) or polled (naturally hornless). If you want a kid with horns, please let us know in advance. Note that horned dairy goats cannot be shown.
How to Reserve Goats:
~ You may pay the full price for a goat at the time we issue the gift certificate, or, if you prefer, you may place a partial deposit to reserve a goat and make the final payment when the recipient of the gift certificate picks up their goat. We will have lots of goats available and plenty that fit your budget. Touch bases and let us know what you are looking for.
~ We accept checks, money orders, and PayPal (or cash if you can drop it off at the farm).
~ Remember that goats are herd animals and need a buddy of the same species for their proper development and psychological wellbeing. Therefore, we only sell a minimum of 2 goats at a time unless they are going to a home that already has goats.
~ If your loved one has not owned goats or livestock before, we recommend gifting them the book "Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats" to help them learn about basic goat care before they get their goats. We are also here to answer any questions and help along the way with tips for goat care and recommendations for the best goat-raising products that are available in our area.
~ If you do not intend to breed and milk the goats but just want some for pets, wethers (neutered males) are the most practical option, as they are less expensive than does but just as tame and sweet. (Note that you do not want unneutered male buck goats as pets, because they urinate on themselves and have a repulsive, clinging odor -- wethers do not urinate on themselves or stink.)
~ If you want a doeling for a future milk goat but don't want to spend the money on getting 2 doelings, a great way to start is with 1 doe kid and 1 wether kid for her companion. Many new goat owners like to start with kids so that they can get accustomed to raising goats before they need to start a milking routine. A nicely sized Nigerian doe kid can be bred at 8-10 months old and start producing milk at 13-15 months old.
About Nigerian Dwarf Goats:
With adults standing generally no more than 23.5 inches at the shoulder, Nigerian Dwarfs are the smallest of all the dairy goat breeds. Their small size makes them practical homestead dairy animals and great pets since they are easy to care for, handle, and accommodate. They are also perfect for 4-H since children can handle them easily.
Nigerians have the highest milk butterfat content of any other breed of dairy goats or cattle. Their milk is sweet and creamy, free of the unappealing "goaty" flavor people often associate with goat's milk. The high butterfat content also makes it ideal for making cheese, butter, and soap. A good mature Nigerian doe can produce around a half gallon of milk a day.
Nigerian Dwarfs are friendly, cute, and intelligent. They can be trained like a dog (even house trained). They come in a huge selection of colors and patterns and are the only registry-recognized dairy breed that can have either brown or blue eyes.
They are also excellent weed eaters and can eliminate weeds like knapweed or tansy from a pasture.
Why Buy From Krebs Dairy Goats?
Whether you're purchasing goats for pets, dairy, breeding, or showing, we will help walk you through the process of raising a healthy, happy goat. We will also direct you to the best educational resources and locally available goat feed, products, and veterinarians.
At Krebs Dairy Goats, our number one priority is to breed Nigerian Dwarf goats that are practical for the small homestead. We participate in Dairy Herd Improvement Registry (DHIR) milk testing to verify the quantity and quality of milk our does produce so that we can make educated decisions about how to perpetuate the best milking genetics in our herd. Therefore, if you're looking into purchasing milkers or breeding stock from us, you're getting goats out of quality proven production lines with the official records to back it up. We also breed for traits related to ease of hand milking, such as large teat size (large teats are vital in Nigerians, as many lines have small teats that are extremely difficult to hand milk).
Along with top milk production, we select our Nigerians for the excellent dairy conformation that exemplifies the true miniature dairy goat. Our goats come out of some of the best showing and linear appraising lines in the country.
Our herd is tested clean of the goat diseases CAE, CL, and Johne's, and our farm practices strict biosecurity to prevent disease introduction.
Sales Info, Terms & Conditions:
~ Please read Krebs Dairy Goats general Sales Information and Policy.
~ Gift-Certificate Specific Sales Policy: When you place a deposit for a goat, you will receive a receipt for your payment along with the gift certificate. The receipt, not the gift certificate, will reflect the credit available from Krebs Dairy Goats unless a specific dollar amount is listed on the gift certificate (this is because some individuals place a half-down deposit with the intent of paying the final amount when the goat is picked up, but the gift certificate they give to their loved one may simply state that it is a gift of 1 goat).
~ Note that deposits are good for 18 months from the date they are placed. Deposits are nonrefundable unless Krebs Dairy Goats is unable to provide the goats reserved.
Please Contact Us if you have any questions. Peruse our website to learn more about our goats.
Krebs Dairy Goats
We have completed our 2023 Breeding Schedule and are now taking reservations for Nigerian Dwarf kids that will be born in March through May of 2023.
Krebs Dairy Goats is pleased to introduce MT Rivendells TQ Brisbane to the herd. We love Brisbane's exceptional length of body and neck, beautiful proportions, straight, strong legs, and wonderfully soft, pliable dairy skin. He is very graceful on the move, too. His pedigree brings in more of the large teat size that we want in our milking does. And the chocolate cou blanc with wattles is an added bonus. :) We will be breeding Brisbane to a number of does this fall, including some of our promising young does. Find more information and photos on his page.
Brisbane's sire is Old Mountain Farm Toru Quinn (Old Mountain Farm InLikeQuinn +*B x Old Mountain Farm Tsukiko), full litter brother to Old Mountain Farm Tomo Quinn, who has produced such notable offspring as Old Mountain Farm French Toast 5*M AR VEEE90, Old Mountain Farm OctaviaQuinn 1*M AR EEEE91, and Old Mountain Farm BlackTyAffair 3*M AR.
Brisbane's dam is Crazy Acres LKR Mitzi (Crazy Acres MZ Ya Lookin' At Me x CH Crazy Acres HT Strawberry Wine VEEE91). His dam's dam received her VEEE91 score as a 10-year-old. Old Mountain Farm, Dragonfly, and Flat Rocks lines are prominent in his maternal pedigree.
Eureka kidded on Friday with 2 doe/1 buck triplets, and Patty Pan wrapped up our 2022 kidding early this morning with twin bucks. It's been a good year, howbeit busy. We had 89 doelings and 93 bucklings for a total of 182 kids (!), including 11 sets of quadruplets, 2 sets of quintuplets, and 1 set of sextuplets. The numbers sure add up quickly with those sizes of litters. Overall, the births went smoothly, and the kids were healthy.
We have a nice selection of doelings as well as several does available yet -- see the Sales page. We expect to add a few more to that page as we complete our herd selection, so check back as well.
Also, keep an eye out for the 2023 breeding schedule that we will post in September. Some exciting announcements planned. :)
* UPDATE 7/28: Transport date has been moved to July 30. We can bring in goats to the vet on July 29 for their required health paperwork for traveling if you would like to add goats to this load. *
* UPDATE 7/25: The transporter is scheduled to pick up the goats at our location July 29. We will be running the goats to the vet for their required health paperwork for traveling on July 28, so any goat purchases need to be finalized by then to get on the load. *
A local goat transporter will be making a trip to Idaho, Washington, and Oregon in the next few weeks as soon as she fills the load. She still has space available on the trailer if you are located in one of those states and need goats transported to you. The transport fee is $ 0.86 per mile per animal (vet fees for required health paperwork and/or disease testing are extra and vary depending on state import requirements). See our Goat For Sale page for currently available goats. Please contact us with any questions.
Cookie loves babies, and she sure got enough to satisfy even her motherly little goat self this year!
Cookie (MT Rivendells XF Cookie Crisp 1*M 1*D AR) is a capacious, long-bodied doe who has matured with a strong medial and great teat positioning. She is very easy to milk and is one of those goats we'd have on the milk stand just for the fun of it. She is a granddaughter of the late great SG Old Mountain Farm Black Tulip ++*B*S.
One of her bucklings is still available for $ 850 (he's the closest kid in the photo -- also see photo at "Goats for Sale" under "Bucklings"). His sire is Larkstone SP Grand Design *B Elite.
This year we've had an unusual number of swallowtail butterflies on the farm. They are quite stunning floating about on their huge yellow wings. This particularly large and beautiful Two-Tailed Swallowtail was foraging in our flowerbed.
It's been a busy couple of weeks with a whole new batch of kids. Our first Grand Design and Patent Design daughters freshened, and we are very pleased with their udder capacity, teat size, texture, and milkability as first fresheners. Quintus Quinn's first kids were born, and they almost all look just like him -- same color, same length, same style. Now we're just waiting on Mercy (due the 6th) and Pumpkin (due the 11th), and we'll have a break for a few weeks before wrapping up most of the kidding by mid-June.
What I have found interesting about this whole year is that the does are regularly kidding 2-3 days before their 145 day due date. We've had a few kid early in past years, usually in warm weather, but never as many as this year. I sometimes wonder what gets in the air to make them do things like that. :)
We have updated the Sales Page with some of the new doelings that are available. There's also a handsome little polled, blue-eyed, moonspotted, buckskin buckling sired by Grand and out of Peppermint. And if you're looking for pets, we have a colorful selection of bottle baby wether kids (neutered males) ready for homes.
Krebs Dairy Goats is located in Western Montana's Bitterroot Valley. We breed registered Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats and participate in DHIR and 1-Day Milk Testing.