Updated 1 March 2016
I was born and raised in Alaska. When I fell ill a number of years ago, I made the decision to raise healthier food and hopefully improve my health. Thus began the farm. In addition to chickens, ducks, turkeys,
horses, and pets, part of my operations at 's No Rest included a new dairy goat herd,
Fair Skies. After many months of research and careful consideration, I opted to
begin my foray into the vast goat world with Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats.
When I first laid eyes upon them, I was fascinated with the production capacity,
economical feed requirements, and outgoing personalities of these small creatures.
They seemed to instantly transform from barnyard ornaments to
working partners and devoted companions.
I take my responsibilities to the Nigerian Dwarf dairy breed very seriously. I am committed to selective breeding, producing high-production dairy animals that are correctly built to withstand the test of time. Longevity is crucial to success in this goal and I continually strive to contribute to the improvement of the breed and growth of the industry. I have thought about expanding into other breeds in the future, but for now I am concentrating on these very special Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats.
Although my farm is still small enough to be considered in the hobby stage at this point, I have many hopeful ideas that I believe will contribute to building our community by
feeding the resurgence of self-sufficiency and improving the availability of healthy whole
foods. I will also be trying some innovative approaches to bringing farm to family
and I can't wait to share them with you!
I have a pioneer spirit and a can-do attitude and I have lived on a small hobby farm "off-the-grid" with a solar power system in Southcentral's Susitna Valley. My unlimited operations there defied all
related stereotypes and our visitors often remarked on how they never expected
one could live with so many modern conveniences while maintaining complete independence from the local utilities, on a solar system in
Alaska no less! I'm now in a more urban setting in Juneau, on the grid, but I miss those days and I'm constantly looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of my operations and way of life.
This page should give you a general introduction and I welcome you to get to know me as the farm grows.
Herd name: Fair Skies
Date established: October 8, 2007
Breeds raised: Purebred Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats
I am very serious about bio-security!
The health of my herd and the preservation and longevity of the Nigerian Dwarf dairy goat is extremely important to me. Untested livestock (particularly ruminants) that have been in contact with untested, suspicious, or distrusted animals are never allowed on my property. Additionally, I only buy goats from trusted herds and I quarantine new arrivals.
Date of last WHOLE-HERD NEGATIVE blood tests for CL, CAE, & Johne's: September 2014
All goats over 6 months of age tested negative for CAE, CL, and Johne's! All adults tested negative for both CAE & Johne's while still at their prior owners' farms. These farms test all adults at least once annually and they report never having had a CL-, CAE-, or Johne's-positive goat on-site. We also tested our new, incoming stock, even though most were "under age" when they arrived. We believe strongly in the importance of continued testing and so we have made it a habit to test at least twice yearly since we started our farm.
We have never had any signs of these diseases, nor of Blue Tongue, Brucellosis, or TB. We are in a "TB-free" state. Our herd tested all negative for Brucellosis in 2011.
Copies of the test results for all our goats are available for download from our Herd Health page.
The improvement of mammary (milk production) genetics is vital to the success of our chosen breed.
We are a member of the Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI) program through Langston University, with authorization to test all lactating does under the auspices of ADGA and AGS through the end of 2011. We have been testing since December 8, 2007 and prior to the establishment of our herd, the adult does we purchased were on test at their prior owners' farms. Be sure to ask about our Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI) incentive program!
All of our goats are dual-registered in the American Goat Society and the American Dairy Goat Association. Most of our goats are also qualified for registry with the Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Association, although a few of our goats may exceed the maximum allowable height for NDGA.
Kiddings to date: 35
Kids produced to date: 71
Show experience (incomplete):
showed in the July 5, 2011 ADGA shows under Lauren Acton and Elizabeth Henning, Wasilla, Alaska
showed in the Alaska State Fair in Palmer's Open Livestock Shows on August 28, 2010 in Palmer, Alaska
showed in the August 26-27, 2010 ADGA & AGS shows under Tom Rucker, Alaska State Fair, Palmer, Alaska
showed in the August 8, 2010 ADGA show under Tamara Taylor, Tanana Valley State Fair, Fairbanks, Alaska
showed in the July 3, 2010 ADGA shows under Karen Senn, Lynn Benedict, and Marie Layman, Wasilla, Alaska
showed in the Alaska State Fair in Palmer's Open Livestock Shows on August 22, 2009 in Palmer, Alaska
showed in the August 21, 2009 ADGA & AGS shows under Will Pearson, Alaska State Fair, Palmer, Alaska
showed in the August 9, 2009 ADGA show under Mrs. Don E. Hendrickson, Tanana Valley State Fair, Fairbanks, Alaska
showed in the July 5, 2009 ADGA show under Sam Whiteside, Pt. MacKenzie, Alaska
showed in the June 24, 2009 ADGA & AGS and June 25 AGS Summer Solstice shows under Gary Whitehead and Keith Harrell, Pt. MacKenzie, Alaska
showed in the May 31, 2009 ADGA show under Jean Lucas, Pt. MacKenzie, Alaska
showed in the Alaska State Fair in Palmer's Open Livestock Shows on August 23, 2008 in Palmer, Alaska. Thank you for the many awards and also title of Rookie of the Year 2008 goat herder
volunteered as Ring Steward for Alaska Mini Goat Cache's and Alaska State Fair in Palmer's NPGA show and part of Alaska Mini Goat Cache's Open Wether Show
volunteered as Ring Steward for Alaska Mini Goat Cache's Open Obstacle Course at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer, Alaska
showed in the Alaska Dairy Goat Association's, Alaska Mini Goat Cache's, and Alaska State Fair in Palmer's August ADGA and AGS shows on August 21 and 22, 2008 in Palmer, Alaska, Judges Daniel Considine and Rusty Repp
showed in the Alaska Dairy Goat Association's August Harvest ADGA show on August 6, 2008 in Wasilla, Alaska. Judge Heather Arts
showed in the Alaska Dairy Goat Association's June Solstice ADGA/AGS shows on June 19, 2008 in Wasilla, Alaska. Judges were Tessa Maggiulli and Marie Layman
volunteered as Ring Steward for 2007 ADGA and AGS shows at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer, Alaska, assisting Judge Lynn Fleming visiting from Pine Bush, NY
volunteered as Ring Steward for 2007 Alaska Mini Goat Cache shows and obstacle course at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer, Alaska (Look for Heather to ring steward again at the 2008 NPGA show at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer August 20-22!)
volunteered as Ring Steward for part of 2007 Open Livestock Show at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer, Alaska
We hold license #18688 to conduct business in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough through 31 December 2011. Additionally, we hold license #955878 to conduct business in the State of Alaska through 31 December 2012. We previously operated under the name "All I Saw Farm", which was also licensed, until another party started using the name without our knowledge or permission. To avoid confusion, we opted to change our name.
We pet, farm, house, & barn sit!
We know you don't want to needlessly stress out your animals while you're away! Don't board them and risk exposure to diseases, let us sit for you! We are a responsible, professional, drug-free, alcohol-free, non-smoking, married couple with experience handling pets and livestock (cats, dogs, fish, turtles, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, horses, goats, ducks, chickens, turkeys, guineas, etc.).
In addition to the basics of watching and securing your property, collecting mail and newspapers, watering plants, opening and closing window coverings, turning lights on and off, and tidying up, we can feed and medicate animals, clean litterboxes, collect eggs, milk goats, handle animals for the veterinarian and farrier, rotate turn-out, blanket animals, check fences, and more! We are familiar with off-grid power systems and wood stoves and we're also willing to learn with new animals and tasks. Your animals will be much more comfortable at home, on their same diets and routines, and you'll know everything is safe and secure.
Let us give you peace of mind while you're away. We're experienced and have references. Email us your approximate location, the month of absence (for your protection, please do not send your exact dates until we connect!), and a summary of your needs. If you have a budget in mind, please include this in your email. We'll do our best to help!
Need help setting up the perfect area for your new animals?
We're always learning from our peers and we hope we can pass what we learn on to others to benefit their stock. If you would like to schedule a free site visit for a friendly chat and some helpful advice, please contact us. We can offer tips on general lay-out considering drainage, wind, and weather, shelters (stalls, barns, and lean-tos), turn-out pens (pastures or dry lots), feed storage, milking parlors, and general animal husbandry. We're also especially experienced at planning and building fencing (particularly electric horse fencing). At least we can welcome you to the community and put you in touch with others with common interests in your locale!
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Butter and Waiting exploring the early fall snow (2008)
Brothers Fair Skies XS Yo-Yo Ma and Yistletaw (aka Snoopy & Woodstock)
enjoying a romp in the grass - Summer 2008