Welcome to Patch of Heaven Dairy
Goats of Elk River Minnesota. My name is Gretchen Beverly and I
raise Lamancha dairy goats with a few splashes of white Saanens
sprinkled in for good measure! I first started raising dairy
with my sister, Cassie under the Patch
of Heaven herd name in 2004 in Forest Lake, Minnesota. The goats
started as our 4-H project with Cassie having Saanens and I having
the Lamanchas. We both continued all the way through 4-H with our
goats and still enjoy raising goats to this day.
Since our 4-H years, many things
have changed; the first being Cassie got married in March of 2014
and now raises her Saanens under the ROCAWOOD herd name in Nowthen,
Minnesota. I have continued using the Patch of Heaven (POH) herd name for
my Lamanchas and the few Saanens I keep. But in June of 2014, I made
a big move with my herd to Elk River, Minnesota. We moved from 5
acres of more low lands to 15 acres
rolling hills of pastures for the goats to roam and enjoy.
The herd averages about 20 animals
year round, with the majority being Lamanchas. I love the unique
personalities of the Lamanchas as they make me laugh every day!
After Cassie moved her Saanens with her, I decided I needed a few
sweet gentle giant Saanens around too. I attend several shows each
year and the Lamanchas are always top contenders in the show ring. I
also try to Linear Appraise the goats every couple years so that I am always
able to improve my herd and breed for very structurally sound
animals that are beneficial to the Lamancha breed.
Herd health and management is our top
priority. Mature does are fed a grass/alfalfa mix in addition to 16%
sweet feed, oats, beet pulp, alfalfa pellets, calf manna, and free choice minerals and kelp. Does are dewormed as needed, and are vaccinated yearly for CD&T.
Supplemental copper and Bose are given as a source of selenium. All
does are monitored very closely during kidding season, all births
are attended and kids removed. Kids are raised on a strict CAE
prevention, getting pulled at birth and fed heat treated colostrum
and pasteurized milk. From two week of age kids are raised on a lamb
starter pellet with free choice grass/alfalfa hay, and fresh water
available at all times.
For questions regarding the herd or to reserve a kid contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 651-982-4652, we are happy to
answer your questions.