HEARTLAND'S KINDER GOATS
We are a small farm located in Strathcona County, Alberta, deep in the heartland of the great Boreal Forest. We are committed to raising quality Kinder breeding stock. For the time being, we have chosen to go with unregistered quality meat and milk stock for several reasons. The Canadian Goat Association does not recognize the Kinder. They are registerable only in the United States which is of benefit to Canadian breeders only as a means to identify your Kinder herd's linage. Additionally, Canada closed the border to the US several years ago due to a fatal disease that had been making it's rounds through some herds. This means that we cannot transport goats across the border for shows, purchasing or selling. And last, but certainly the most important reason, is the lack of what I call "the original Pygmy"; round like a sow and much taller than most of the Pygmy miniature stock bred in Canada.
The larger, original Pygmy buck, is very difficult to find in Canada, but not impossible (the US has an abundance of these big boys). Unfailingly, these few larger bucks are from old linages and are unregistered. We've worked 6 years to produce our little herd. We've also managed to bred one registered Pygmy buck that should be of larger proportions, have a line on another, and have a registered Kinder buck that was brought up to Canada before they borders were closed. Time will tell.
We believe that the best way to manage our herd is to keep it small; Kinder does will produce between 2-7 kids per season! We take the time to bond with each of our goats personally and spend quality time daily with every member of our herd. Not only are the herd members well socialized, but hand raised to be quite tamed (even our bucks are gentle with us during rut!). This hands-on approach also allows us to identify changes, behavioural or physical, and head off any potential issues. We routinely add herbs, use natural remedies and provide extra vitamins during the winter months to keep the goats in their best condition. Our goats have access to pasture in the growing months as well as free-choice alfalfa hay, sunflower seeds and loose minerals, yeast, salt, baking side and plenty of fresh water.
Heartland's herd has been tested for CAE, CL and Johnes. All test results are negative.
We dehorn our kids at 5 days. If you wish to purchase and raise a herd with horns, please notify us prior to the month of March, the beginning of kidding season here at Heartland Goats.
Thank you for coming to visit our little piece of paradise. We look forward to working with you to find your special goat; structurally and functionally excellent or those that steal your heart away.
)O( Bountiful Blessings
"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin". William Shakespear