Welcome, Molly & Pepper!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, February 21, 2011

Molly is on the left.

Meet our new Nubian doeling, Black Mesa Mallow’s Molly! She was born just a few days ago on February 18, and is very active and curious. We purchased her from Black Mesa Ranch in Arizona, and we can’t wait to welcome her home!

Nubian goats are known as excellent dairy goats, producing a large quantity of creamy milk that is higher in butter content than any other breed. They also make good pets, and are gentle and very trainable.

Goat milk is higher in calcium, vitamins, and protein than cow milk. At the same time, it has a lower fat content and is easy to digest, often even for those who are lactose intolerant. We will begin selling fresh goat milk later in the year and quantities will be limited, so be sure to call 509-928-1800 to get on our waiting list. You won’t want to miss out on this delicious, healthy milk!

Pepper in the foreground

This is Pepper, our fourth fainting goat from Genesis Acres. She is a sweet little doeling and will make a wonderful companion for our buck Hutchapoo, who was purchased from Genesis Acres last September.

Fainting goats, also called myotonic goats, are known for a unique genetic condition (myotonia congenita) that causes their muscles to freeze up for 10 seconds when they are startled. Although painless, this often causes young goats to fall over on their side. Older goats learn to compensate by spreading their legs or leaning against something to maintain their balance.

Fainting goats are meat goats rather than dairy goats, and are smaller and easier to maintain than most breeds raised for their meat. Their intelligence and friendly nature makes them good pets, and some produce large quantities of cashmere during the cold months.

We are very proud of our small but growing herd!



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