Know as the Labradors of the goat world for their friendly disposition, our small herd of Boer Goats keeps the vineyards free from invasive plant species like poison oak and blackberry bushes. It’s as if nature has provided us with the perfect lawnmowers. Boer goats will eat practically any plant matter you put in front of them. Their name is derived from the Dutch word “boer”, meaning farmer, and their bloodlines can be traced back to indigenous tribes of the Namaqua Bushmen of South Africa.
Here’s what we know about the goats so far:
Merle: Youngest baby, a male. All the goats had been born and Merle appeared a short time later…he was a surprise!
Dip: Likes to keep an acorn in the corner of her mouth, just like chewing tobacco (hence the name “Dip”).
Ellie: She used to spend her days at the petting zoo at Howarth Park, now she’s maven of Sonoma County.
Our herd’s favorite foods include poison oak and Nature Valley Granola Bars. They prefer to wash down a meal with fresh water from the trough. Their favorite pastimes include playing king of the rock pile or being scratched between the horns or on the chest.