Our life with goats began a over a decade ago, when Joe
developed sensitivity to milk. We were spending almost $2 per
quart for Lactaid milk, until we attended a county fair and became
infatuated with the Oberhasli breed. Wallowing in our 'newbie'
ignorance, we acquired our first goat. Roxanne was an
unregistered, wild, horned Oberhasli/Alpine cross. Despite her
attitude, we continued to want more goats. Since then, we have
had Alpines, Saanens, and grades, but our true love is the
Oberhasli. We have a happy, healthy herd, where everyone gets
The herd is currently at 19 but doubles that during kidding
season. Having mostly Americans, we were fortunate to add
Purebred does to the herd and we look forward to breeding them.
Until recently we had been doing live breedings with our bucks.
We are now learning AI and excited to find the purebred buck
gene pool at our fingertips. We have been on DHIR milk testing
for 4 years and have found this to provide invaluable information.
We also participated in Herd Evaluation Service with Harvey
Considine, and participate in ADGA's Linear Appraisal.
The milking herd is primarily fed a 16% protein dairy pellet with
our homegrown sunflowers, corn and oats added. We provide
free choice baking soda, sea kelp and minerals. Bucks receive the
same feed with added ammonium chloride to prevent urinary tract
problems. Because of our concern for CAE, all kids that will be
retained are taken at birth and fed heat-treated colostrum and
pasteurized milk until weaning. All hay is grown on one of the
original Satkowski Homesteads located approximately 20 miles
north of us near Lake Ontario where the land is rich in minerals.
The recently planted alfalfa field provides nutritious hay for all the
does and first cutting grass/timothy hay is baled for the bucks.
The girls are housed in a new 24x36 barn. Our management
practices divide the girls according to age, feed and health
requirements. In cooperation with our local veterinarian, we have
developed a preventative health program that includes CAE and
Johnes testing at WSU, timely wormings and routine vaccinations
for rabies, CD&T and Bo-Se.
We hope that our herd catches your eye. Please feel free to
contact us with any questions or comments.
Thank you for inquiring about Harper Hill Oberhasli. We are
located on 10 acres in Western New York State, halfway
between Buffalo and Rochester. In our area we enjoy all four
seasons. The summers are short but warm and the winters
dip below 0°F for days at a stretch. In addition to dairy
goats, we raise heritage breed Black Spanish turkeys,
Muscovey and Call ducks, Silkie Bantams chickens, blue
egg-laying Aracaunas and heritage breed Delawares. Our
excess goat milk is given to hogs which we raise each
summer. We have 2 acres of fruit and vegetable gardens,
which provide the animals and us with a variety of healthy,
Harper Hill Farm in 1876
harper hill farm 2013