Welcome to MapleStone
Farm, home of MapleStone LaManchas. We have a small herd of purebred
LaMancha dairy goats and token Nigerian Dwarfs located in the foothills of the White Mountains.
Our love affair with dairy goats began in 1993 when several older does
and kids were purchased as 4-H projects. This was a wonderful experience that gave rise to the next generation of MapleStone LaManchas.
The primary goal for our herd is to have fun raising happy, healthy and productive dairy goats in a sustainable and naturally responsible way. We test 6x/year for CAEv and annually for TB and Brucellosis. We have no history of CL or Johnes on the farm and have conducted spot check tests for these diseases with negative results. All testing results are available upon request as well as on these pages by clicking the testing icons. As an open show herd we practice a CAEv prevention program utilizing pasteurized cow's milk for maximum protection. The herd is vaccinated every 6 months for Clostridia types C & D and tetanus as part of our proactive herd health plan. Does are given appropriate anthelmintics based on monthly fecal testing results and season. BoSe (selenium & vitamin E) injections and copper boluses are provided based on nutritional requirements assessed each year based on feed testing results. Our goats are allowed acres of pasture and brows year round as well as access to free choice hay that we produce. All herd members are fed a mix of GMO free corn , GMO free soy and a commercially formulated balancing ration. Free choice minerals and sodium bicarbonate are also readily available.
We strive for a balance of structural correctness and milk production in our does to maximize longevity. We feel this balance is essential as part of the management of our herd and dairy production goals. We participate in the American Dairy Goat Association's Linear Appraisal program to help us to better assess the structural correctness of our herd. Our current average milking doe linear appraisal score is VG 87. We also participate in the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) milk test to monitor the production and composition of the milk our does produce. As an ADGA Plus Performance herd we highly value these programs and their ability to allow us to make the best choices when planning our breedings each fall. In addition to DNA parentage verification, we have also started testing for genetic variants of Alpha S1 Casein, a gene associated with higher milk solids coagulation associated with greater cheese yields. As testing continues, we would like to breed only high variant (A/A, A/B, or B/B) LaManchas.
Kidding takes place each spring, we offer select breeding stock to approved homes. Adult animals may occasionally be available. Please see our Breeding & Sales pages for more information.
We hope you enjoy our website, please check in often as more photos and information are added. If you have any questions please contact us or check out our Facebook page.
Dr. Taryn Pearson, BVMS (Veterinarian)