On average, a fourth of a dairy herd is culled for various reasons each year.This might include all newborn bucklings (male baby goat), older dairy goats who are no longer fertile, and any goat who does not produce the desired amount of milk.We are proud to be a dairy who can offer you products you can feel great about!If you feel inspired to be part of a more humane solution, make a donation to the farm.Sunflower Farm is one of a handful of No Cull commercial dairy goat farms in the state.It is common practice to “cull” or kill goats who do not serve a dairy operation to their fullest capacity.
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Money will first cover the expenses of providing a live video feed so that more people around the country can feel connected meaningfully to a small farm and hopefully feel inspired to ask more questions about their food and where it comes from.
Any remaining donations above and beyond the costs of the 24/7 video feed will then go towards hay, grain, housing and veterinary visits for pet wethers and goats who have been retired for whatever reason from the dairy operation.
Nigerians have the highest butterfat content of any goat and make an average of 2-3 cups per milking. So, the highest producers, also often have the highest percentage of lactose in their milk. While we work to improve the genetics of our herd with each breeding, we keep all our dairy goats and feel they all have something to offer on the milk stand.
Lastly, the idea of killing an animal that has spent its life serving our farm is incomprehensible to us.