Our hobby farm started out in 2002 as a small deer farm on 40 acres in Central Minnesota. My parents had a deer farm for about 15 years and they were selling out. We wanted just a couple of pets and started with 3 whitetails and 4 fallow deer. We have since purchased a breeding buck and some does that come from 200" genetics. Our deer farming is still just very much a hobby. We have only about 10 whitetail deer right now and over half of them are the White Whitetails. We have around 8 fawns a year, with the majority of these being white babies that are sold to petting zoos and other deer farms as "novelty" pets. (We are TB Accredited and have been CWD monitored since 2002, which makes it quite easy for us to sell our muntjacs and whitetails out of state.)
Raising deer is fun and we decided that we liked farming "different" animals than most people have. We have since added Emu's, Pheasants, Peacocks (peafowl), Muntjac's, and our newest venture "Fainting Goats".
It all started with a phone call from my brother telling me that he saw a "fainting goat" for sale in the St. Cloud paper. Well, I have loved goats since I was little, and I was looking for a baby goat to buy. (we already had 2 pygmy goats) We looked up some information about fainting goats on the internet and decided these were the goats for us! It turns out the baby goat for sale was a buck and he was only about an hour away so away we went... He was a beautiful tri-colored buck and I couldn't resist him! We brought "Buckwheat" home that night and a week later we bought the sweetest little tri-colored doe, "Jubilee", from Southern MN. That was the start, and now here we are almost 11 years later with 32 myotonic goats on our farm!
Fainting goats have turned out to be just as fun and wonderful as I had originally hoped they would be. They have the sweetest dispositions and the neatest personalities you will ever see! Our farm is small compared to some.... and big compared to others.... (or as I like to say, "just right" whenever I buy a new goat! My husband thinks I will never be done buying new goats....) We are members of the IFGA and the MGR and all of my current breeders are double registered with both associations.
Feel free to call or email us with any questions you may have. We have babies of all kinds being born here on the farm, maybe we have something that you are looking for?
Back 40 Game Farm
Acres of Fun Fainters
Have you hugged
a goat today?
How about a Deer??
A porcupine or a Chicken???
You don't know what your missing!!
When our farm started out, we had a wide variety of animals... many types of deer, (Reindeer, Fallow Deer, Elk, Sika Deer, Whitetail Deer & Muntjac deer) indoor pets like Ferrets, Chinchillas, a Opposum named Gizmo, Ringo & Rascal (Raccoons) a squirrel named Stewart, just to name a few! We quickly learned a few things... Elk are VERY hard on fences! Reindeer are hard to keep alive/healthy in our area, Sika are NOT the nicest deer around, and raising this many animals takes alot of MONEY and TIME! We have cut back alot in the last few years... the deer herd has gone down to just whitetails and muntjacs and not very many of those.... the goat herd has increased (mostly because of ME and my love for goats)
The indoor pets have all been sold, I just didnt have the time for them... between researching their needs and providing them all with special diets to accomodate them we just couldn't afford the time/money needed to provide for them all. I miss them but I feel better knowing that the animals we do have are getting the attention they need and not just the bare minimum that I could spare between a larger group of pets.
All our kids like the animals, although the oldest boys consider the farm "Work" and our youngest still considers it "Fun". Our youngest son, Jon, has the most fun with all of our animals as most of my pictures plainly show.... he has definitely developed a lifetime love for animals from being a part of a farm family since he was 2!