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Hobbycroft Dairy Goats started in 1967 when we moved to a farm in Ortonville, Michigan with all the larger breeds and some grades. In 1972 we moved to central Illinois and have been in Shelbyville, Illinois since 1974. After the (human) kids graduated and got married, we quit raising them for several years. In 2008, we decided to try again. Because we were getting older we decided to look at the Nigerian Dwarfs and got our first ones in 2009. We have found them to be easier to handle than the larger dairy goats and their butterfat is much higher making their milk delicious to drink! We have also found them to be very sociable animals. Our herd’s bloodlines are from Fairlea Farms, Lost Valley, Flat Rock, Olson Acres and Buttin’ Heads.
In 2012, my husband passed away and since then the herd has been a partnership with my daughters (Betsy Wicker & Sue Nugent) and my granddaughter (Ashley Nugent). While my son, David, has no interest in the goats, he does help out occasionally with the picture taking as seen below with this beautiful picture he did of our senior herd sire Lost Valley C Egypt.
We feed both Chaffhaye and alfalfa hay. We love the Chaffhaye for many reasons. First, because the waste is almost zero! Secondly, it is easier for them to digest. Thirdly, it is much easier to handle and can be kept outside if needed. It also does not go bad for quite a long time (2 years we are told, though it never lasts that long around here!). The grain we feed is a goat grain developed by the Amish in Arthur, IL at Stutzman's Feeds and then we also add some BOSS (black oil sunflower seeds) and some Calf Manna for the does and kids.
We are an ADGA Plus herd. In June 2015 we did our first Linear Appraisal and in May 2016 began on DHIR milk testing. We normally attend 3 or 4ADGA or AGS shows each year.
We are members of:
- ADGA - American Dairy Goat Association
- AGS - American Goat Society
- ANDDG - American Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goat Association
- LOL - Land of Lincoln Nigerian Dwarf Goat Club
- IDGA - Illinois Dairy Goat Association