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Black Mesa Ranch
Nubian Dairy Goats for Sale
How we raise our dairy goats
Nubian Dairy Goats are
100% CAE Free, CL Free, and G6S Normal
Click here see which goats we currently have for sale
One of our goals here at Black Mesa Ranch is to place quality, healthy
and productive goats with people who will care for them and enjoy them. To
meet these goals we use two means: thoughtful breeding and exceptional care in
To start with, each and every one of our Nubians is 100% pure bred. Our dairy bucks and does are either registered with the
American Dairy Goat Association or can be
registered (wethers are not generally registered). Our
Herd Lineages are of very high quality and our on-site breeding practices
Further, we practice
closed herd policies and do not permit off-property goats access to our animals
for breeding or other purposes. Despite having purchased CAE negative seed
stock, and having no indications of disease presence, we elected to employ CAE
preventative practices for our first 3 years here while also testing the herd
for the disease, the results of which have come back as negative. We are quite confident we have reasonable eliminated the
chance of this disease in our herd and will continue herd testing.
In addition to being CAE free, our herd is CL abscess free, negative for TB and
Brucellosis, negative for Mycoplasma, and is G6S normal. Monthly, we test each milking doe for
mastitis, all animals are periodically wormed and kept up to date on all
necessary vaccinations. We keep detailed medical records for all our
We also work to ensure that our goats are sociable and
affectionate, as well as healthy. We are there when they are born and they
imprint on humans making them friendly and responsive. We bottle raise all
of our kids on pure goat milk and handle them often - how could we
resist! Generally, we allow the kids and moms to bond together for
companionship and safety. This can be a real challenge to get the kids to
understand that WE feed them - NOT mom. But the extra work is worth it.
This way the kids don't get stressed as much as other systems were they would be
removed from the adults and moved from pen to pen as they grow. They also
don't suffer the stress of being taken away for weaning that other kid-rearing
methods require. Our kids, does, and wethers all live together from Day
All our kids are disbudded so they will not grow horns.
They are given a series of vaccinations, and are wormed when necessary. These little guys
get great care and huge daily doses of attention.
If you are planning on getting goats, no matter where
you get them, please be sure that they are healthy. Many people’s joy of
getting a free or cheap goat has turned to disappointment and grief when their
new baby comes down with Pink Eye, Scours, Pneumonia, or some incurable disease
that they have never heard of. Start out smart – start with healthy
BMR Goats are 100% CAE Free, CL abscess free, negative for TB and
Brucellosis, negative for Mycoplasma, and are G6S normal.
How We Raise Our Goats (In Pictures)
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to the online version of Kathryn's booklet "Getting Started the Right Way
is Free of CL and CAE
Our herd is 100% CAE free. We test our goats
every year just prior to kidding. With the test results in, we can feed our kids
delicious raw milk with all it’s benefits, instead of having to pasteurize
it to prevent CAE. CAE is short for Caprine Arthritis
CAE is an incurable, debilitating
disease that is passed on most frequently dam-to-kid through milk and
colostrum. Keeping our goats free of this disease is one of our top
priorities, not only because the disease decreases production but because of
the suffering it can cause the goats afflicted with it.
Another common disease that goats may have is CL
(Caseous Lymphadenitis) or "Abscesses". It is a highly contagious
problem that can even spread to humans. Our herd is 100% CL
BMR Goats are 100% "G6S Normal"
Genetic testing done to
screen for defect.
Known in some circles as "That Dirty Little Nubian Goat Secret”,
there is a rather recently discovered genetic defect that Nubians and Nubian
crosses can have. It is referred to, more formally, as the "G6S defect" (in
reference to the enzyme not produced as the result of the defect).
Nubian goats with the defect can be either "G6S
Affected" (in which case they fail to thrive and usually die at a
very young age), or they can be "G6S Carriers"
(in which case they grow and live normally but can pass it on to their
offspring). Goats without any abnormality (as can only be determined
by a DNA test) are said to be "G6S Normal".
The offspring of a "carrier" buck and a "carrier" doe will have 25%
chance of being affected, 50% chance of being a
carrier, and only a 25% chance of being normal. Up to 25%
of all Nubians goats are thought to be carriers of this defect.
The happy BMR herd browses contentedly
When we did our initial DNA testing in 2005 we were pleased
that most of our goats were normal, but we did have a few carriers.
As of 2009 our herd is now 100% G6S normal!
information on G6S, please refer to:
To read the BMR
History of G6S click here:
G6S at Black Mesa
Goats of all ages...
Kids are juvenile goats, up to one-year old, of any sex.
Both the females (doelings) and the males (either bucklings or wethers) are
about the sweetest creatures on Earth.
Doe goats are the females. They are capable of producing
rich, high-quality milk for drinking, cheese making, feeding orphaned animals,
etc. They also make great friendly pets.
Bucks are intact male goats. We generally castrate our
males fairly young, so if you are interested in one of these guys
let us know early in the year and we can work with you. These refreshingly
uninhibited boys would make ideal herd sires but we don’t recommend them as
pets. A buck can, however, be castrated into a wether at any time,
eventually losing his “bucky” charms and becoming a fine companion.
(click here for more about wethers)
A wether (not to be confused with weather or whether!) is a
castrated male goat. They make excellent pets, pack animals, and animal
companions. They have none of the strong odors that intact males (bucks)
in rut are often associated with. Ours are sweet, lovable, gentle and
Prices and Policies
We offer fine Nubian Kids and Goats for sale from time to time.
All of our Nubians are purebred and can be sold registered.
Goat Sales Prices
Registered Does and Bucks $400 and up
Doe Kids and Buck Kids with Registration Application $300 and up
(10% Discount on purchases of 5 or more
kids from this category)
Unregistered Bucks $200 and up
Goat Sales Policies
We require a $100 deposit per reserved kid with the balance due within
7 days of the birth of the kid. If payment is not received within
that time the buyer will forfeit their deposit money. Prices for reserved kids are for kids picked up by 3 weeks of age.
After 3 weeks of age reserved kids will incur an additional $7.00 per
day boarding charge. This is due to the cost of feeding the kids
our pure fresh goat milk (instead of us being able to make cheese from
the milk). While all reasonable care is taken to ensure the health
and safety of the kids, Black Mesa Ranch will not be responsible for
sickness or death of a reserved kid after it is three weeks old.
Deposits are refunded if your choice of kid is not born or if the kid
is not up to our standards of quality. Deposits will not be refunded on
cancelled orders. We will honor all reservations for kids to the best of
our ability, however we do reserve the right to retain any kid as a
replacement in our breeding program.
All goats are guaranteed free of CAE, CL, Brucellosis, TB,
Mycoplasma, and are G6S Normal. All of our kids are sold
disbudded. Any kids purchased as wethers will be castrated
(banded) before leaving the property unless other arrangements are made
and a refundable deposit given. There is a $20 fee for any
replacement registration paperwork. All sales are final.
We prefer all kids and goats to be picked up at the ranch though
other arrangements can be made.
Overnight lodging and meals are available here at the ranch. Contact us
for discount pricing.
Airport runs by BMR for shipping kids by air are $200 due to the 10
hour round trip required. Buyers wanting to fly their kids are
also responsible for having an appropriate shipping crate delivered to
the ranch at least one week prior to ship date, and for reserving the
flight (Flight Schedule must be approved by BMR first). Buyer is
responsible for the cost of the flight, the crate, the health
certificate, and the airport run.
If you are interested in buying a goat, please contact us for
availability (or to be put on our waiting list) by
emailing Kathryn or
calling (928) 536-7759.
Sale prices, terms and
conditions subject to change prior to sale confirmation.
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