Stan McCoy retired from a career in telecommunications to a life on the farm. He became a master soap maker in 2010 and has extended his craft to other goat-milk products which include lotions and shaving soaps. These products are available at several retail locations as well as online. He is also a certified yoga instructor, and in 2016 he began Sage Meadow Caprine Vinyasa. This has evolved into an annual spring charity event that features yoga with baby goats . Each year benefactors of the proceeds include animal and human charities, which to date have received over thirty thousand dollars!
Stan holds a degree in Telecommunications Technology, and also serves on the Board of licensing for the City of Easthampton.
He is currently embarking on a a Body-Positive Strength & Yoga Nurturing Cooperative. called Oh My Ghosh Yoga
Dr. McCoy is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an internship in small animal medicine and a residency in pathology at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. He was a research fellow in comparative pathology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. McCoy is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in both anatomic and clinical pathology. He was director of hematology of the eastern division of Antech diagnostics prior to joining Marshfield Laboratories, and is now at Idexx Laboratories. He also helps local farmers navigate the challenges of small ruminants.
In December of 2020, after 14 years of service, Joe retired from Easthampton City Council. He currently serves on Easthampton's Housing Authority.
Every animal on our farm is treated as member of our family.
Compassion, love and freedom to roam top off a balance of good nutrition and excellent medical care. Our animals have access to a large open pasture (complete with climbing toys) and they have a large overhang by their barn that gives them protection from the elements. We try to keep their inside loafing area as clean as possible, and the herd is secured in their barn at night to protect from predators.
Our goats are grass-fed and have access to free-choice minerals. This diet is supplemented with grain during the milking season. We "dry off" (stop milking) the girls during their five-month gestation. This gives the does' bodies a rest and it gives us a winter break from milking. When a doe is past her milking age, she is "retired", which on our farm means she is no longer milked, but she remains a part of her herd - and our family - for the rest of her life.
As a no-kill farm, we try to be very selective in our breeding program. This helps us produce top-line goats that are registered with the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA). Our goal is to insure that any new kids will be placed in good homes when they leave our farm.
We are fortunate to have an onsite veterinarian at our family farm. This is especially helpful when our kids are "dis-budded" shortly after birth. This is not cruel or harmful to the animal! It's a process that takes about 30 seconds while the kid is unconscious. We induce local and general anesthesia, and we remove the horn-bud before the horn starts to grow. We dis-bud for the safety of both goats and humans. A grown goat with horns can get caught in fences and milking stanchions, which could cause the horn itself to break. This could lead to the goat bleeding-out, or the animal could develop a life threatening infection. Also, because they are constantly fighting for hierarchy within the herd, a goat with horns is danger to other goats as well as their handlers. It's best practice to "nip that right at the bud".
Our farm is a bit unusual in the goat world, because we have a parasite-fee herd. We achieved this by starting our herd from bottle-babies on virgin soil, and we have maintained a closed herd ever since. Each year we test for parasites through blood and fecal samples and, thus far, we remain a clean herd. We want to stay parasite-free, and are vigilant with our biosecurity measures. We transport our animals to events so that others can enjoy them, especially children, but having visitors at the farm could expose the animals and their paddock to unwanted parasites and pathogens. Sorry folks; unfortunately, this means that our farm is rarely open to the general public. .
We raise two breeds of goats: Sables and Nubians:
Sables:This breedhas upright ears in the picture below. Sables are a large dairy goat that can weigh in at 150-225 pounds. They are genetically identical to the Saanen breed, however they have color rather than being pure white. Not too long ago, Sables were often culled because they were considered defects of the Saanen line. However, in 2005, the American Dairy Goat Association recognized these beautiful animals as their own breed. Sables are large-volume milk producers, but their milk has a lower butterfat content. Some of our girls give us up to three gallons of milk each day during peak season! We find that our Sables are quieter than the Nubians, but they tend to be more dominant in the herd hierarchy. For the past decade, the herd queen and matriarch has been a Sable.
Nubians have long floppy ears. Nubians are another large-breed dairy goat; we once fostered a male that weighed in at over 250 pounds! Nubians originate from the Mid-East and North Africa, but became prominent in Great Britain in the early 19th century as a meat/dairy goat. Nubians produce about half the amount of milk as a Sable, but their milk has twice the butterfat. This means their milk ideal for cheesemaking. We have found that our Nubians tend to be less dominant in the herd hierarchy, however, they are definitely the loudest! On more than one occasion, passerby's have come up to our door because they heard what they believed was a scream for help - but it was just our Nubians acting out.
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