Sunday, October 18, 2015

A Letter to Our Customers

A Letter to Our Customers:

For nearly a decade, Still Waters Farm LLC has been primarily in the business of breeding and selling dairy goats, predominantly Mini Nubian goats. Over the years we have seen the quality of our herd improve by leaps and bounds, and we have enjoyed working with new goat owners. However, we have not found the goat breeding business to be in our family's best interest. Over the past two years, we have been slowly selling down our herd. We have downsized considerably, not only in the number of goats we are keeping, but in the size of the goats themselves. We are finding the Nigerian Dwarf goat more appealing for a number of reasons – among them the smaller space required, ease of transport, and lower feed costs.

The focus of our breeding program has changed. We will now be freshening does in order to produce milk for our family and our budding goat milk soap business, and for our children's 4-H projects. We now have a herd dominated by junior does, several of which will not be bred this year. We will no longer be taking deposits in advance of kidding season or promoting ourselves as a breeding operation. We are keeping two Nigerian Dwarf bucks and one Mini Nubian buck. These bucks are standing stud as a service to the local goat keeping community. For more information about stud service contact Farmer Angie at swgoats@yahoo.com. We do not offer routine management services, such as disbudding, castration, clipping, hoof trimming, etc.

Instead of operating a goat breeding business, we will be expanding our goat milk soap sales. Currently we attend two reenactments a year, The Spirit of Vincennes in Vincennes, IN on Memorial Day weekend, and The Feast of the Hunter's Moon in West Lafayette, IN in October. At present these reenactments wipe out our inventory of goat milk soap each time. In the near future, we hope to build a larger inventory and open online sales. We are also selling beeswax and bayberry candles, beeswax ointments and raw honey. If you are interested in any of these products, you can contact Farmer Kevin at swhoney@yahoo.com.

Farmer Angie is also exploring the fiber industry. We have three Shetland Sheep with very nice fleeces. In the future we may have wool fiber products for sale. Thank you for your interest in our farm, and for your support as we find our true niche in the dairy goat and beekeeping industries!

Kevin and Angelia Mercer

Still Waters Farm LLC

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