The year 2017 marks the Forty Nineth year that Fox's Pride has been raising and showing quality Dairy Goats. It started as a joke when Mary gave Dan a baby goat on Valentines day, but now 49 years later we are raising ADGA registered Nubians and Lamanchas, and we have dabbled in Saanens, Alpines, and Toggenburgs over the years. Currently three generations of the family are involved with the herd, Dan and Mary followed by their children and grandchildren all work together raising and showing the animals, with the fourth generation arriving in June 2017! We are located in the beautiful hills of Southern NH, in the small town of Mont Vernon.
We believe in giving credit, where credit is due and GCH ++*B Halicienda Frosty Marvin deserves most of the credit for the success of our Nubian herd. We have been using Marvin in our herd for 34 years and we have had amazing results with him. Our first kids from Marvin were born in 1983, the year the Marvin died. Our most recent Marvin kids being born in 2014. We utilize artificial insemination regularly within our herd to diversify our genetics and use animals in our breeding program from around the country.
Our farm is also home to many types of poultry and waterfowl. We have even had an Emu! We also raise hogs spring through fall for the freezer trade, they are raised on goats milk and grain, with no hormones or medications.
We also have a beautiful little rabbit herd of Flemish Giants, maintained by Bri and Ariel. They are raised for pets only, therefore we only have a few litters a year and these babies are very well socialized and awesome pets. Bri and Ariel also use the rabbits in educational programs, most recently working with the Merrimack Middle School to give their students a hands-on education focused on punnet squares, selective breeding, and the evolution of farming.
We are proud to be partners with the Greater Nashua YMCA Camp Sargent! Together with Camp Sargent we have established a very successful educational farm program providing programming in agriculture to the local community throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Pictured to the left is Bri giving a demonstration to campers on how to properly splint a calf with contracted tendons.
We have been raising all our kids on heat treated colostrum and pasteurized milk since the early 1980's. We have tested our herd for CAE for the past 7 years and have 100% CAE free results. Therefore we have not had to pasteurize for the past 5 years. All our babies are brought into the house for up to 48 hours after birth and are bottle fed. They are then brought to the barn and bottle fed up to 2 weeks, at that time they are moved to the lamb bar and weaned at 3 months old. The does and kids are inoculated with BO- SE and C&D.
In 2015 and 2017 we tested our bucks for G6S and pleased to announce that they all tested normal!
Over the years our farm has been home to many different types of animals other than dairy goats. The year 2017 sadly marks an end to our Scottish Highlander herd of cattle, which have graced our pastures for the past 17 years. The curiosity caused by these incredible animals has led to many friendships being formed over the years, with vehicles and individuals on foot often making their way down the driveway to ask questions about them. It is a common sight on a warm summer evening for the whole neighborhood to be pasture side, watching while a cow gives birth in the field. Greeting the new little calf with cheers when they hit the ground, and name suggestions flying around among the crowd. Thank you to everyone who has enjoyed our little cattle herd with us over the years. "Lil Moo", our mini Highlander, will continue to call Fox's Pride home, and can be seen greeting everyone who comes down the driveway.