Listing Information

Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partners

Farm/Crop management (over 3 years), General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training

Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:

11 years of 4-H with multiple animal husbandry projects.

Briefly describe your current occupation(s) and responsibilities and list previous agricultural employment and experiences. If you are currently farming or ranching, please state the size, type(s), and location of the operation.

I am currently working at Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply and have been for 5 years. This job while in retail, gives me extensive product knowledge in a wide variety of useful farming equipment, feed, and animal health care products. I enjoy Murdoch's as an excellent front to meet people also interested in agriculture and helping people specifically with my passion for raising goats. I am able to provide basic advice and recommend supplies and supplements to other goat owners. I currently have a small herd of dairy goats that I would eventually like breed and expand to a full scale dairy. I take welfare of my goats vary seriously as well as the careful selection of genetics for continued improvement in my herd. I began this small herd just over 10 years ago when I was in the Ravalli County 4-H program. Now I help out with 4-H groups in Gallatin, Missoula and Ravalli Counties by giving workshops and judging at local fairs.
Other agricultural experiences include horse back riding, showing and training. I have helped with a sheep shearing crew for 5 years as wool help, handling sheep, administering vaccines and hoof trimming.

Counties

Gallatin, Park Livingston

Acreage

6-10, 11-40, 41-100

Type of Operation

Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Dairy

Farming Practices

Conventional

Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.

I am wanting to find property for my small herd of dairy goats to settle down and open a creamery for small scale cheese production. The Nigerian breed has exceptional milk components for cheese products allowing me to keep my herd between 30-35 milking does. I'm currently working on building a movable milking parlor that can be certified for Grade A milk so that I can legally sell the milk products to local restaurants, breweries and farmers market. There is a high demand for local artisan cheeses but not many are willing to do what it takes to become Grade A so this leaves little competition. With the unique attributes of the Nigerian Dwarf goats, I would like to create an educational farm to table product.

Transition Arrangements

Buy/Sell, Lease, Partnership

Onsite Housing

Yes

Location