MOSS HOLLOWE FARMS, LLC

from sheep to art

We are members of the voluntary National Scrapie Eradication Program.



Goats for Sale

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Reservations & Deposits

We will not sell single goats, they must go in pairs or more. Please read our Goat Sales Policy (below). 


REFUNDABLE RESERVATIONS (before kids are born):

Prior to kidding, buyers may leave a refundable 50% reservation for kids, specifying breeding pair and sex of kid desired. First come, first-served (first reservation fee in will get first pick of the litter). 


The first buyer will have the first right of refusal. If the first buyer passes on the offspring, the reservation fee will be refunded in full, and the next buyer on the list will have the next right of refusal. If the buyer chooses a kid and commits to purchase, the reservation fee will be transferred to a non-refundable deposit to hold that kid until old enough for pickup (see below).


If the pair does not produce enough kids to cover all reservations received, the reservation will be refunded in full, or, it can be transferred to another breeding pair, buyer's choice.


NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSITS (after kids are born):

Once kids are born, a non-refundable 50% deposit may be made to hold a specific kid until old enough for pickup. Balance will be due in cash at or before time of pickup. 


If a buyer has paid a reservation fee and decides to commit to purchasing a specific kid, the reservation fee will be transferred to a non-refundable deposit, with the balance due in cash at or before time of pickup. 

We reserve the right to refuse any sale to anyone for any reason. In that event, any deposit or reservation fee would be refunded in full.



Goat Sales Policy -- Avoid a Common Mistake!

Why we will never sell a single kid alone (adults may be sold alone), only in pairs or more. Too many people make this mistake (including us in the beginning), and find that they have a very miserable, lonely or stressed out goat on their hands. And, we have heard the same story from many other goat owners. We swore we would never do that again. Even if you already have a herd, which we did, he or she will be an outcast, missing his or her mama and friends, for quite some time before he or she "belongs." It is heartbreaking to witness.


This also helps us know that our animals are going to loving and caring homes. Our goats have been carefully and lovingly bred to be the highest quality milking, show and companion animals possible. We invest a lot of ourselves, not just physically, but emotionally. We are a little like over-protective parents, perhaps, but that is the kind of home we'd like to see them go to.


We dam raise our kids, and give them lots of love and attention. We even try to get them to accept a bottle, too, and it almost always works! This way, when you take your new little kids home with you, you can opt to give them a bottle for comfort and to help them bond with you. They won't need it nutritionally (although it is still good for them--in nature, they would not be weaned until they are six months old or more), but it is nice for both of you as a special treat.



A Word About Bucks -- Avoid Another Common Mistake!

Three bucks and a wether just chillin' and hanging out

Mohawk and Gold Digger soaking up rays on the roof

For some reason, most people keep only one buck at a time on their premises. We used to, too, since that's the way everyone did it. Now, we keep four, and find that they are much happier and easier to deal with. Not that bucks ever really get mean or aggressive like a ram or bull, but our first buck, poor boy, was so frustrated and lonely that he was a pain. Because he was stressed and frustrated, he was also more aggressive and difficult. 


Thinking he was the problem, we ended up trading him to a breeder who needed to replace his aging (also single, lonely, aggressive) buck. Lo, and behold, once the two of them broke down the barrier between them, they became pals and we got reports that both of them were much easier to deal with. Now they are happier since they have a companion to hang out with. We all learned something from that experience!


Meanwhile, we brought home two little bucklings who were raised together. The difference is amazing. Our boys are friendlier, quieter and (if they weren't so stinky), much nicer to be around! Of course, another obvious advantage is that you have more bloodlines and breeding options for your herd... what a win-win! We wish we had done it this way from the very beginning, as we'd still have Thunder, our original, beautiful herdsire. At least he's happy where he is now.


Bottomline: if you are planning to keep a buck on your premises, we strongly urge you to consider keeping at least two. You will already have invested in the housing and pasture for one, and the advantages are tremendous in nearly every way.


We will not sell a buckling alone. We will sell bucklings with another buckling or a wether of similar age.


A Word About Wethers

A wether is a buck (male goat) or ram (male sheep) who has been castrated. They make the ideal pets, as they are friendly and outgoing, without the bucky qualities that make a buck a buck. They don't get stinky from spraying their faces during breeding seasons, and they are generally calmer, less inclined to want to push and shove and show off for each other. They also don't get the impressive hair and beards that the bucks get, nor the intensity of horn growth, and have more the appearance of a large doe.


And, typically, they are less expensive to buy than a doe (female goat) or buck for breeding. 


Wethers can be housed either with the does or the bucks. However, if housed with bucks, it is best that he grow up with them. If he hasn't, then a wether should have a companion his own age, either another wether or a buckling, to transition into the buck barn with. 


The bucks will not intentionally hurt the younger ones, but they will run them around, and scare them, making them miserable. They could also accidentally be hurt by the bucks' antics with each other, or if a buck is particularly food aggressive, knocking them off the feed. Keep younger males (bucklings and wethers) separated from mature ones until they are big enough to hold their own. In nature, this would not be necessary--bucks do not hurt the young, they just chase them off the females and their food. But in close quarters, it is definitely the wiser way to go.


When they are big enough, they will want to tussle and rough house with the older boys and will enjoy the games!


Prices

Our goats are of excellent champion dairy and champion show lines and are proven performers. We invest a lot in their health and well being, and are very diligent about cleanliness and providing a healthy environment. Our fecal tests consistently show that you will not find a cleaner goat herd than ours! We believe this is due to their healthy diet, clean facilities with no overcrowding, clean pasture and fresh air.


All goats must be sold IN PAIRS or more (see our policy, above).


Purebred doelings without papers:  $150.00

Purebred doelings with papers:      $250.00


Purebred buckling without papers:  $250.00

Purebred buckling with papers*:      $350.00 

*Bucklings must be paid for in full in advance.

(Be sure to read "A Word About Bucks," above, for helpful infomation)!


Wethers (neutered males):   $75.00