Proud member of ADGA PLUS

We maintain a CAE and Johnes NEGATIVE herd AND we are a CL abscess free herd. We generally test yearly in the fall/winter, pre-kidding. In April 2022, we also are entire herd NEGATIVE for TB and Brucellosis.  Our herd is also CL abscess free. The few random non-CL abscesses we have had through the many years of goat raising have always been very non-classic for CL (not correct locations) AND were cultured (gold standard testing method) and have always been negative. We also did originally start out whole herd blood testing for CL for many years, and still utilize it on purchased animals, twice pre and post biosecurity isolation period. Unfortunately the blood test is not terribly accurate or reliable so we do not routinely run it on the base herd. We have also never had a positive CL test.

In the rare cases we purchase animals, they undergo a 90 day isolation period, during which they are tested TWICE for CL, CAE, and Johnes – once at the beginning and once at the end of the biosecurity period. Often and whenever possible, the initial test is prior to animals ever setting foot on the property if they are over 6 mon at time of purchase.  For more information about our biosecurity protocols and past test results, please see the Biosecurity page!

2021  update – On 4/22/21 the herd moved out of where they were crashing at Quarter-Mile Farm in Hudson and into their new digs in Six Lakes, MI. My fiance and I have purchased 10 acres with 2 barns and a farm house for us to start our new adventures. The whole herd – 8 does in milk, 1 dry/due in May doe, (1) 14yo pet wether Tux (yes, he’s still around!), and 7 babies from 2021 made the trip. Brazen, a 2021 Red x Legacy AI kid, managed to break her pastern in the trip or shortly after, so she gets to wear a splint – but otherwise the move was relatively smooth!

2018 UPDATE –  my goats have joined my friends dairy herd, Quarter-Mile, in Hudson, MI! My father (who was doing the bulk of the work) is sick of milking 2x per day every day, and I currently rent a town home in the city I work in, so cannot have the goats here. I am hoping to have a rental farm house that allows me to have my goats on my own farm in the next year or two.

The herd they joined is also disease tested and CL Abscess free, and is an ADGA plus herd.

My name is Dona Barski. I’ve been working our small farm since the age of 11 or so, when I got my first goat, Daisy. I admit I was a goat ‘newbie’ back then, but my passion for them did nothing but grow and so I set out to learn everything I could about their health, care, husbandry, and conformation. They will always be my most significant driving force for my passion for livestock health and for becoming a Veterinarian, and for that I’m grateful. I’m still learning with goats, and any raiser can tell you the learning curve never really ends.  I can be fairly confident in my husbandry to say that I raise healthy, happy, sound goats for many purposes.

I have also enjoyed raising boer goats, New Zealand rabbits, and Silver Fox rabbits as part of the farm. I accomplished my B.S. in Animal Science but then was admitted to MSU’s Veterinary Medicine program in 2014, and due to the rigorous nature of that program we downsized the small farm to the essentials – the dairy goats. In May 2018, I graduated with my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University and moved to Lakeview, MI to join a food animal only practice. I am currently loving my career working with mostly dairy cattle, but also beef cattle, swine, poultry, camelids, exotics and yes – sheep and goats!

I have also raised fancy rats and mice and several breeds/species of poultry. I am an animal person, and own/owned cats, dogs, freshwater fish, assorted cage bird species, lizards, snakes, and tortoises. I also enjoy plants – having too many succulent plants to count. 😉

I’m happy to hear from you for any reason – from questions, to comments or inquiries. I love talking farm! 😀

Happy Homesteading!