Laurel Hill MicroFarm's Herd of Hope
The Herd of Hope is our ADGA registered herd name. The name is taken from not only our location, Hope, RI, but also from our state flag. The herd consists of 52 goats and this number is frequently changing as the elders pass on and we have new births and rescues. We do not slaughter any animals and all of our goats are under the care of, in my opinion, the best veterinarians there are.
We have three groups to our herd; dairy moms, landscapers, and retired. The dairy goats are kept on the farm all the time for their safety and the safety of their kids. Once their kids are weaned they are happily hand milked twice a day by one of our farmers. Our farmers enjoy the milk themselves and the extra is handcrafted into our wonderful Herd of Hope goat's milk soap. The landscape crew piles into a vans, trailers, and refurbished school buses and they go where ever their work takes them that day, returning at night with full bellies! The retirees simply meander about the farm during the day and relax at night in their own comfy paddock, complete with an adorable chalet type shelter.
Our goats work hard, and in return we must treat them as we would people Fair wages, healthcare, and retirement benefits. They get paid in hay, grain, shelter, and amenities. They are never refused healthcare. Check out the gallery on our website:
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Farmer Wayne and his goatscapers
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