3 Hearts Acres​

Meet Chroi 

pronounced Cree, is Gaelic for 'heart'. 

We thought this quite appropriate for our farm LGD to protect our herd and property, as we 

do have coyote and skunk that come within 500feet of our property.

She is a Pyrenees - Saint Bernard cross, we are excited to see her grow into a fabulous girl.

She has been born and raised with goats and chickens, right in the barn and around the property.

LGD - Livestock Guardian Dog

is a dog type bred for the purpose of protecting livestock from predators.

Livestock guardian dogs stay with the group of animals they protect as a full-time member of the flock or herd. Their ability to guard their herd is mainly instinctive, as the dog is bonded to the herd from an early age. Unlike herding dogs which control the movement of livestock, LGDs blend in with them, watching for intruders within the flock. The mere presence of a guardian dog is usually enough to ward off some predators, and LGDs confront predators by vocal intimidation, barking, and displaying very aggressive behavior. 

The dog may attack or fight with a predator if it cannot drive it away.

The use of dogs in protecting livestock originated over 2,000 years ago, with their use being recorded as early as 150 BC in Rome.

The dogs are introduced to livestock as puppies so they "imprint" on the animals. Experts recommend that the pups begin living with the herd at 4 to 5 weeks of age. This imprinting is thought to be largely olfactory and occurs between 3 and 16 weeks of age. Training requires regular daily handling and management, preferably from birth. A guardian dog is not considered reliable until it is at least 2 years of age. Until that time, supervision, guidance, and correction are needed to teach the dog the skills and rules it needs to do its job. Having older dogs that assist in training younger dogs streamlines this process considerably.



LGD BREEDS - Turkish mastiff, Turkish Kangal, Central Anatolian shepherd and Akba, from Turkey.

Bucovina Sheepdog & Southeastern European Shepherd from Romania & Serbia. 

Caucasian Mountain Dog & Nagazi from Georgia & Armenia.

Pyrenean Mountain Dog from France & Spain.

Maremma Sheepdog from Italy, just to name a few and there are a vast majority of these and cross breeds in the USA today.


Trials are underway to protect penguins with LGDs.


Goat Barn

Here are our lovely goats.

We got the Angora for fiber goats. Our plan is to breed Pygora and Nigora also.

Education -- Goats have been used for milk, meat, fur, and skins across much of the world. Milk from goats is often turned into goat cheese.

Female goats are referred to as does or nannies, intact males are called bucks or billies, and juvenile goats of both sexes are called kids. Castrated males are called wethers.

Goats are ruminants. They have a four-chambered stomach consisting of the rumen, the reticulum, the omasum, and the abomasum. As with other mammal ruminants, they are even-toed ungulates. The females have an udder consisting of two teats, in contrast to cattle, which have four teats.[13] An exception to this is the Boer goat, which sometimes may have up to eight teats.

Goats reach puberty between three and 15 months of age, depending on breed and nutritional status. Many breeders prefer to postpone breeding until the doe has reached 70% of the adult weight. However, this separation is rarely possible in extensively managed, open-range herds.

A goat is useful to humans when it is living and when it is dead, first as a renewable provider of milk, manure, and fiber, and then as meat and hide. Some charities provide goats to impoverished people in poor countries, because goats are easier and cheaper to manage than cattle, and have multiple uses. In addition, goats are used for driving and packing purposes.

The intestine of goats is used to make "catgut", which is still in use as a material for internal human surgical sutures and strings for musical instruments. The horn of the goat, which signifies plenty and wellbeing (the cornucopia), is also used to make spoons.

Angora

Meet Bert our Angora buck, he will be one of our daddys. He is quite stately looking walking in the corrals.

Angora is a breed of domesticated goat, historically known as Angora. Angora goats produce the lustrous fibre known as mohair.

The Angora goat has been regarded by some as a direct descendant of the Central Asian markhor (Capra falconeri). They have been in the region since around the Paleolithic. Angora goats were depicted on the reverse of the Turkish 50 lira banknotes of 1938–1952.

Angora goats were first introduced in the United States in 1849 by Dr. James P. Davis. Seven adult goats were a gift from Sultan Abdülmecid I in appreciation for his services and advice on the raising of cotton. More goats were imported over time, until the Civil War destroyed most of the large flocks in the south. Eventually, Angora goats began to thrive in the southwest, particularly in Texas, wherever there are sufficient grasses and shrubs to sustain them. Texas to this day remains the largest mohair producer in the U.S., and third largest in the world.

All 7 Angora we currently have are super friendly.

Pygora

 originated from crossing the registered NPGA(National Pygmy Goat Association) Pygmy goat and the white AAGBA Angora goat. Pygoras, along with the Angora goat and Cashmere goat, are fiber goats (goats bred for their wool).  We are on a list to purchase both a Pygora buckling and doeling this summer.

Pygora goats produce three distinct kinds of fleece.

Registered Pygora goats will produce cashmere-like fleece (Classified as Type-C), a mohair-like fleece (Type-A), or a combination of the two fleeces (Type-B). Type-A fleece is composed of fibers averaging 6 or more inches in length that drape in ringlets. It may occur as a single coat, but a silky guard hair is usually present. The fibers are typically less than 28 micrometers in diameter. Type-B fleece fibers average between 3 and 6 inches (150 mm) in length with one, possibly two, guard hairs. The fibers are usually less than 24 µm in diameter. Type-C fleece is very fine, typically 1 to 3 inches (76 mm) in length and less than 18.5 µm in diameter. Pygoras come in a variety of colors: white, red, brown, black, gray or a mix of the colors.

NOT my image, this is from pinterest.

Nigora

is an American breed of small or medium-sized dual-purpose goat, raised both for its milk and for its fiber. It is the result of cross-breeding Nigerian Dwarf bucks with does of mohair breeds such as the Angora. The Nigora is of recent creation: breeding started in 1994. A breed association, the American Nigora Goat Breeders Association, 

was formed in 2007. Another association, 

the Nigora Goat Breeders Society, was active in 2014. 

You must breed 5 generations to be able 

to register your herd as Nigora.

 As with the Pygora breed, the fiber is classified into three types, A, B and C, depending on the length and type of the fibers. Type A is Angora-type mohair, long and lustrous; type B is "cashgora", which combines mohair with cashmere-type undercoat and is of medium length; type C is like cashmere and is shorter. 

NOT my image, this is from google.




Edy is the 2nd youngest of our Angora does.

Ellie is Luckys mom.

Lucky is the baby of our Angora does.

Tiara is the sweetest, kindest and most loving of the does.

Our girls were not bred this past fall, we will breed this winter about November, which will give us April kids. 

There are over 300 distinct breeds of goat.



This 1st little guy started it all. My friend Pat says, you need goats to clean up the brush and weeds around your place - and here we are.

Pickles - Nigerian Dwarf wether was our first, he will be with us always!

Patches - Boer Pygmy x was our 2nd, she is our little doe, will breed this winter, maybe with Bert.


Percy - is our little pygmy buck, will breed him to a couple of our Angora does this winter.

Macchiato - She is a registered Nigerian Dwarf, we will breed her to Bert this winter.