Whatever floats your goat.
Pixiebrook Farm is a small hobby farm dedicated to breeding conformationally correct, happy, healthy Nigerian Dwarf goats. We are Katie and Ellie, mom and daughter duo. We love our goats beyond measure! Our buyers are typically looking for pets, show or 4-H goats, or backyard milkers who are friendly and easy to handle, often with some fun colors or blue eyes. Luckily, many Nigerians have all these qualities in one package.
We are located in Ellensburg, Washington. Though we don’t give farm tours due to biosecurity concerns, we do hope you’ll peruse our photos throughout the site to get an idea how our goats are raised. Our philosophy of goat raising starts with attention to each individual goat. We keep our herd very small so that we can be sure all of our goats get the attention they deserve.
We can’t imagine life without our goat buddies. We love relaxing with them, sitting with them, and watching them play. But we also love having the sweet, creamy milk Nigerians are known for, and we tend to breed for that high butterfat content that makes it worth keeping Nigerians over other breeds. We breed for ease of hand milking and milk stand manners (we have found this trait to be easily and by far the most heritable trait). It is NO fun to try to milk a goat that sits or kicks on the milk stand. If you want a milker that produces milk that tastes like a dream, has manners on the stand, and has soft, pliable, well-attached udders with large teats and open orifices, then we are on the same page.
In addition to temperament, which is always our top priority, we also breed for vigor and parasite resistance. We also choose goats for our breeding program that display an ability to utilize their available minerals. We find that goats that can utilize their minerals better tend to also be the goats that have lower worm loads. The two go hand in hand.
As far as conformation, it may be lower on our list than temperament and health, but it doesn’t mean it’s not important! We breed for what we like to see–goats with good conformation first and foremost, but also some fun colors, moonspots, and blue eyes thrown in. We like the whole package, and though we don’t show ourselves, we take pride in excellence. We emphasize those traits that we feel lead to a goat having a long, productive life without pain. This includes strong shoulders, strong backs, wide rumps for easy kidding, good legs and feet, and, of course, well-attached and well-supported udders. We participate in linear appraisal and find it very educational, and will probably continue to take part in it every few years for what we learn. Long story short, we love our goats, and we hope it shows!