Half Creek Farm now has two locations. The first is 30 miles east of Goldendale Washington and 8 miles west of the town of Bickleton and the second is 2 miles outside of Goldendale, WA. The entire farm will move to the Goldendale location in the next 5 years or so, but for now we're spread out over two locations. We raise Kiko meat goats, a small group of Guernsey dairy goats, a flock of laying hens, Muscovy ducks, some Sebastopol Geese, a guard Llama, a Jersey cow and calf and Gotland sheep. Our farm dogs, Mr. Darcy and Wookie Bear, both are Bouvier des Flandres a herding breed.
At 3500 feet the Bickleton farm experiences very harsh extremes in our weather patterns, requiring our animals to be hardy and resilient. Choosing the Kiko meat goat was a great choice for us.
Kiko's were developed in New Zealand and imported to this country only in the last few decades. The Kiko has a greater meat to bone ratio than Boers, they require minimal worming, and they have excellent feet. They are great mothers and consistently twin. I can't say enough good things about these wonderful, low maintenance goats. We've bred very carefully to achieve rapid growth, and good gain on forage alone. The only time we use grain is to bribe the goats into something.
We sell some of the best animals you will find anywhere. We cull heavily, and therefore have a nice selection of USDA processed goat meat for sale most of the time.
Our Kiko's are registered with the American Kiko Goat Association(AKGA) and we're members of both the AKGA and the Oregon Meat Goat Producers, as well as charter members of the Columbia Basin Goat Guild. Our herd is blood tested for CAE and CL and we run a negative herd.
We have added a rare breed dairy goat to our farm. These dairy goats are called British Guernseys. British Guernseys are noted for their high butter fat milk, making them an excellent choice for those interested in making cheese. We now have a small herd of 6 does and 4 doelings. Hopefully after we wade through the ton of USDA rules and regulations, we will begin selling cheeses. We currently have goats milk soaps available. These have no added scent, color, or chemicals and are great for those with sensitivities.
We also raise a rare breed sheep called the Gotland. Our percentages are 75% and above. These are some of the highest percentages in the country right now. If you would like to buy fleece or Gotland breeding stock from us, let me know.
Our animals are raised with care and attention to their comfort and health. You can come and see how we treat them any time you'd like. I should mention that we are often snowed in during the winter months, so a summer or fall visit might be easier on your vehicle!
We sell lamb in the late fall, which goes very quickly. Gotlands produce an excellent tender lamb with a delicate flavor. We will also be selling natural hand spun yarns from our Gotlands this year.
I'll be teaching a class on adding goats to your small farm at the SolWest Fair in LaGrande, OR June 26-28th. Stop in to this great event, visit with the many vendors and take some great classes. Advance tickets for ALL WEEKEND are $10 for adults, $20 for a family, and $5 for children.