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Monica and John Griffiths
Farm is on the left side, big red barn, cream house, many bldgs, bus shelter at
road. We live in the mobile home on site. Please beware the dogs.
200 boerX does, 5
purebred Jfive bucks, 80 doelings, 50 - 500 feeders depending on time of year.
Animals are Manitoba hardy and live outside year round. 12 generations of
refinement. bred for gain, hardiness, motherability, thriftiness.
Showed for years till market and reputation established, ran out of room for ribbons.
Developed large commercial meat goat operation, shipping slaughter stock
every week of the year for 8 years now, through federally inspected government slaughter
plant, to a store in Winnipeg. Sires are from Jfive farms, renoun for winners.
Worked for years through news media to advance the goat industry. Won a
literary award from the Western Producer paper. Had a commercial nominated for the
We are third gerneration family farm. We have 920 acres, mostly rented to cereals. We have 1/2 mile of Assiniboine river frontage saved for heritage forest, untouched since the 1900's, and never developed before that. About 200 acres in pastures. We have 17 black angus cattle, 52 suffolk sheep, unnumbered free range bantam chickens and average 600 goats. We plan to increase the sheep and cattle as time passes. We grow pedigreed timothy seed, cereals and bale hay mostly for our own use.
This year we are seeding several varieties of grazing corn and millet for pasture supplementation. We would like to see a vacation camp facility here one day for those who want to expierience the farm and camp next to, and explore the heritage forest and use the fishing and boating oportunities of the Assiniboine.
We are a commercial operation and all facilities are done economically as is available. We have many experimental situations and share the best of our tests with others. There are small feedlots (60ftx90ft) with small pole type steel sheds for wind and rain shelter. And large paddocks (200ftx200ft) with canvass covered arch bldgs. Pastures are done in 5 wire electric. There are several to accomadate different herds and rotational grazing. We do not have much tree cover so goats have to be tough.
We have all our own machinery and John is mechanic, plumber, welder, farmer et al.
Monica manages the animals and their programs.
Management is intensive as we feedlot year round. We kid/lamb/calve in May. Shots, toes, records, worms are done on birthday. All males get castration rings. Moms and kids are moved to clean paddock. Pregos stay in their own paddock. All kidding/calving/lambin is over in four weeks. Minimal grain is fed, hay is continous free choice. Weeaning is in August at three months. Mpothers are moved to summer pastures. Kids stay in paddocks on limited grain and free chocie alfalfa. All bales are round bales. All feeding is outside. Waterers are automatic. In fall kids are moved to clean feedlots. Paddocks are cleaned out and moms brought home for winter. Every one is wormed and put on diatomaceous earth. Winter is hard with extra grain being crushed and pail fed. All feeding is outside. Bedding has to be kept up in shelters. Waterers have to be kept thawed and working. Bale feeders have to be watched for crowding and crushes. All animals have to be chased out and kept eating. Illness or unthriftiness is delt with severly and culls sent to wpg yards. The result is true Manitoba hardy goats.
Castrates are fed out year round some on fast finish, some on slow. Goats are shipped to abatior weekly. Females are evaluated and either shipped or grown for breeders. Doelings are not bred till 1yr, 6mo as we kid in may and breed in dec they are too light for the first year. If they fail the first breeding they are added to the meat feedlot. Senior does stay on as condition warrents. Extra females are put up for sale or culled to feedlot or auction as age dictates. Except last year we bred everything to keep up with feedlot sales demand.
John runs the pastures, crops and hay. That is another big job.
Animals are bred to stay healthy under proper management.
All animals health is checked twice a day for accidents
or illness. Prevention is the best remedy. We are as chemical free as possible.
Goats are highly parasite susceptibale. As time goes we hope to breed better
immunity into the herd. Feedlotting makes it really hard. Goats
on pasture would fare a lot better.
We ship to a government abattoir weekly who delivers our goats to a store in Winnipeg. We will farmagate on demand if folks pay enough. All goats produce go to the store. Breeding stock is sold when available. We may expand to take advantage of the new trucks shipping to the states and cheques paid upfront.