January 1, 2019

Hames & Axle Farm is my window to the world. It is the one place that I have felt safe in a world filled with security options, firearms and bug repellent.  When I think about its future I think what can I do here, at our farm, to make the world safer for everyone....

May 1, 2018

This is the first of our monthly newsletter, bringing you new products, new ideas, and a look into how we all can work together for a better future.

In May you’ll find our Surfing Goat Soaps at the following events.
May 3 – Strolling of the Heifers, Women’s Business Exp...

December 5, 2017

As this year ends, and we evaluate the progress, or not, that we made, or didn't, it's also breeding season again.  Here, that means hope grows anew.  We've got more kids on the ground that I had didn't get sold than I had hoped for, but that also means that less goats...

October 16, 2017

We had a blast yesterday with the first Mad Hatter's Tea with Goats! Great families and individuals came out to meet the goats, and have some tea and scones under the oaks.  We sectioned off an area for the kids to run around, and not ONE tried to jump on the table. I...

August 7, 2017

I feel like my goat herd is the Wrangler of goats. You know, those jeans that are so comfortable and reliable that you wear them without even thinking about them. They’re not Levi’s, but they last. They’re not Carhart’s but the hold up to work, and don’t laud their nam...

I was watching the beautiful goats on the livestream of the ADGA National Show, and thought a lot about my own goats. There was time when I would have been all caught up in the show preps, doing shows whenever possible. That’s been a couple years. I don’t know if my goats will ever be competitive again, which makes me sad. Not because I think my goats are ugly. They are not. Sure, some are prettier than others, but they are all beautiful in my eyes. It’s because the “show goat,” has gone the way of the Border collie, the Australian Shepherd, the German Shepherd. There are show goats, and show dogs, but the ones that do well in the show ring aren’t practical pets. They take too much brushing, too much training, or just plain don’t know how to do their jobs anymore. My girls know how to do their jobs. Their udders are productive, but far enough off the ground that they don’t step on them. They’re not so full that they can’t run when they are full of milk. When their babies are born they still no how to mother them, and their kids don’t get sick because someone didn’t milk their mothers first. I may never get $10,000 per kid, or $1800, but I will get milk for a good long time. Milk that I can drink; that I can make cheese and yogurt from, and soap to sell. They don’t need a ton of alfalfa to make ample milk, and they can produce a good amount of milk with good brush and regular grain. But I know where my goats came from. I know because for the most part, I bred them. My herd goes back generations with Hames & Axle, but just enough Gay-Mor, Rosasharn, Fall Creek, Leighstar, Split Creek and Jobi to build on the milk supply. Just enough to keep the genetics strong. I see so many people gathering genetics based upon how they do in the ring, and look at only one or two generations. I love to look back at the long lines in my herd and recognize how far my herd has come. I’m glad I took the time to see how the goats grow over time. How they become my friends, and how graceful they are as they age, and still so generous. I see so many goats now with whopping big udders that keep them from walking straight with their back legs. When they stop for a pose, their feet have to be repeatedly placed in the proper place, when my goats sit their feet properly, because that’s how their skeleton was formed. The backs of my goats are strong, and a little uphill, not like a ski slope, but like a straight line climbing a gentle hill. Hames & Axle goats have changed over time, not by giant jumps, but by gentle lifting of one generation over the previous, toward the standard. Not every goat can make these claims, nor every breeder. I proudly invite anyone to look at my herd and, with the exception of the purchased does, to find one that doesn’t conform to the others. There are no surprises anymore, except in the colors. We don’t have giant bucks or does that push the stick like we did 15 years ago. That’s what comes from breeding properly, and I’m glad that I’ve done that. I hope there’s still a buyer for the kids that I have that share those same goals.

July 12, 2017

June 3, 2017

I've been reading a lot about the search for the "unicorn buck," or the "dream buck," and I want to bang my head against the wall.  The first things on the list is almost always blue eyes, polled and moon spots. Know what doesn't milk?  blue eyes, moon spots and polled...

May 8, 2017

I hate this time of year. Not because the babies are here, but because they have to leave. I can handle kids leaving. I don't get too attached to them, as I know they are off to do great things at new homes. But when I have to let an adult go, that's really hard for me...

April 7, 2017

Facebook is full of beautiful goat kid photos, and I love to see them.  But you won't usually find many from Hames & Axle Farm. Why? Because I think people should buy goats, not babies.  Baby goats grow up, and they are still just as charming, entertaining and in my op...

March 15, 2017

There is a very disturbing trend going around the ND world these days. It's been there for twenty years, but the breed wasn't as popular, so it wasn't such an issue as I feel it is now.  It's "colorists." These are people who promote, or purchase a goat based upon its...

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