Agape Oaks Farm- Katahdin Sheep & Dairy Goats
Katahdin Hair Sheep are a breed of sheep which are bred for their meat. These sheep do not produce wool, so no shearing is needed. Their mild tender meat is delicious & they are an easy breed of sheep to raise. We have started out with sheep that have come from great genetics and we are excited to see the flock grow!
In the past few years, we’ve had our 1st ARMCH,our 1st GCH,our 1st homebred SGCH, have had a doe win Jr Grand at the AGS Nationals, earned our numerous ARs, had several does make ADGA’s top 10 list for DHI ,have had does appraise 90 & even several 92 in linear appraisal, have had several does we’ve bred awarded Superior Genetics, have the 2011 & 2015 ANDDA total performer , have placed well at ADGA nationals several years,even winning production awards at the National show and had gotten a grade A dairy license in the past.
The twice a day milking & heavy work load involved in bottle raising goats has caused me to switch directions on my farm. I still have a few goats, milking once a day for my own use, but have switched the focus to Katahdin sheep- a hair breed of sheep which require no shearing, lamb easily raising their own lambs, are parasite resistant & hoof rot resistant….. so are very little work.
At Agape Oaks, we bought our 1st Nigerian Dwarf Goats in 2004 and immediately fell in love with these wonderful little goats. We added our 1st La Mancha in 2006 and love our big girls….so much that we are switching over gradually to an all LaMancha herd. Our goal was to breed excellent quality, structurally correct Nigerian Dwarf & La Mancha goats for show, milk production and pets. We expect good dairy production as well as show wins and of course great personality.
We’ve now carried that over to the sheep flock & while we don’t show, we do expect excellent quality,good parasite & hoof rot resistance, fast growth on grass, easy to manage sheep.
This started out as my son, Andrew’s project and he saved his money for years to buy his goats. Now he’s 21 & has lost interest but I’m hooked on these wonderful goats. I enjoy the showing, the milking, planning the breedings and the excitement when the long awaited new kids arrive. Our goats have provided us with so much entertainment, an abundant supply of milk, lots of stress relief, and we’ve made so many wonderful friends because of them.. They’re affectionate, funny ,and very smart- we look forward to many years of fun with them as well as goat’s milk and new kids in the future.
We have relocated to near Eugene OR with our pampered herd of Nigerian Dwarf Goats and La Mancha goats . The zoo also includes a Great Pyrenees, Pyrenes Anatolian cross & an Anatolian Shepherd…dogs who guard the goats as well as a Border Collie to “supervise” & a barn cat.
I keep getting asked what Agape Oaks means. Agapē (3 syllables, from Greek), means divine unconditional self-sacrificing love. It’s the love shown in John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life . God has shown us the amazing love in so many ways- including this wonderful herd of goats! The Oaks part is because our original property was covered with magnificent oak trees & the new property has several huge towering oaks as well!
We’ve been in 305 day DHI milk test with ADGA since 2007…..this 2016-2017 lactation will be our last one on DHI. I will continue milking once a day ( & this lactation has been once a day since the end of June)
Our goats & sheeps health is very important to us. We test routinely for CAE -our most recent whole herd negative test was Jan 2016. We also tested negative for TB & Brucellosis April 2010. In the past we’ve tested for Johnnes & CL, but we don’t test for them routinely. We are always happy to test any goat for anything a buyer would like tested ( at the buyer’s expense) . We feed our goats the best quality grass hay, and organic alfalfa hay available along with organic grain ( for milkers and kids) , kelp and loose minerals. They have access to nice pastures on any days that weather allows. Sheep are on pasture with local grass hay during times when pasture is not enough & at times are fed alfalfa. They also are provided with loose minerals
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Last Updated 10-27-2.17