Welcome to Engle Acres!
Here in central Iowa, my wife, kids, and I raise registered Nigerian Dwarf Goats. We strive to breed healthy animals for show, milk, and sometimes as pets. Our herd is heavy with Wood Bridge Farm, Old Mountain Farm, and Whispering Tales genetics. Our goats are registered with ADGA (American Dairy Goat Association) and can be registered with AGS (American Goat Society) and NDGA (Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association) if desired. We test our goats annually for CAE, CL, and Johne’s disease and have maintained a negative herd.
Sustaining a healthy herd is not always easy, and it is usually not cheap. To remain economical, there are many things we have learned to do ourselves here at Engle Acres. We conduct our own blood draws, give injections, and perform fecal exams for any goat in question at the farm. For those of you who do not know what a fecal exam consists of, let me elaborate (in a cliff notes version). Performing a fecal exam on a goat entails collecting a fresh sample of feces, breaking it up, soaking it in a fecal float solution, and examining it under a microscope. I use a Fecalyzer and McMaster Slide when performing a fecal exam. I count the eggs I see within the frame and multiply the total number by fifty. This gives me an egg per gram (EPG) count, allowing me to better diagnose if the goat is having a parasite issue or something else. Learning how to perform these various tasks and tests has proven to be invaluable and keeps us in-tune with our goats. We have also recently started using an herbal de-wormer and supplement regimen with our animals. We hope that with sustained use, we will have healthier animals and healthier pasture.
In the event there is something we are not able to address at the farm, we have local veterinarians less than 10 minutes away that are very helpful. We also have the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center at Iowa State University an hour north of us. They have been wonderful to work with in time of need and are lifesavers, literally!
Our goats (and all our animals/pets) are part of our family here at Engle Acres. Each one holds a special place in our hearts, and we hope you enjoy browsing our page!