since her initial start are Jamcin’s Ranch and Moenning Hill Farm. Additions this spring come from Black Walnut Farm in Tennessee and Morning Star Ranch in Texas.

Entering the show ring Still in the beginning stages of show-

ing, Angie says the first three shows she at- tended were used as educational opportunities. “They taught me how to look for over- all breed character, how to microchip, how to prepare goats for a show and introduced me to the Myotonic Goat Registry family,” she said. “From the judges to the exhibitors, the shows offered a wealth of information and I can’t thank the registry enough for pro- viding this type of avenue for educating breeders and others.” Currently, Angie’s breeding program is aimed at the show and hobby markets. “We’re keeping our numbers lower for the time being, but my retirement is not far on the horizon and my husband and I have talked about moving towards a com- mercial herd later down the road,” she said. “We have our property set-up and ready to roll whenever we are ready to take that next step.”

Designing a program to meet these

research. Taking our stock to shows and re- ceiving feedback from judges helps us to know what we are doing well and what areas could be improved upon.”

Building trust

Another goal for Freedom Fainters is creating a reputation and name that is re- spected to the point where they have to do very little marketing. “We want our name to speak for itself,”

Angie, an educator by trade, and her doeling create a teaching moment.

markets takes setting goals.

“When we started out, our goals con- sisted of establishing, growing and maintain- ing a quality herd that stayed true to breed character,” Angie said. “That is what our cur- rent market is looking for, first and foremost. We recognized that it takes years to do this and we were willing to put in the work and

Angie said. “We want anyone who purchases a goat from our farm to have a positive ex- perience and be willing to recommend us to others. A majority of our buyers become close friends and repeat buyers. Because of our work in these goal areas, my husband and I have been in talks about herd size. When your waiting list demand is greater than what you will have available, you contemplate on whether or not to increase your herd.” The program must be working because Freedom Fainters have sold goats into around eight states so far.

One of the proudest moments hasn’t come from winning a blue ribbon. “I would say my proudest moment was when I took a doe and her twins into my elementary school as part of a reward for a classroom that had been working hard towards perfect atten-

April 2021 | Goat Rancher


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