The fourth grade class at Hugh Cassell Elementary School went on a "field" trip last Thursday. No bus, no fuel, no money spent! They just walked out of the back of the school and down the path...
Ready and waiting for the kids to arrive!
Here they come!
Better turn the electric net off!
The kids learned what the terms sustainable farming, biological control, invasive plants and environmentally friendly mean and got to see those words in action. They also learned about livestock guardian dogs and their purpose.
Clay telling the kids about Mr. Max. He is the one who contracted meningeal worm when he was young. It caused him to become stunted and weak in his hind legs. He is one of those animals that is not a "good business decision," so we found a job for him. He is great with new goat kids that come into our herd from other farms. His gentle nature is very calming to them and helps them to adjust to their new home.
Mr. Max then went over for some special attention. He is a very gentle buck and loves to have his head and horns rubbed!
This is #17 he also loves attention! Ms. Peabody is standing to his left. She is the one who had to have her front leg amputated. All of the kids were fascinated with Ms. Peabody. She is a remarkable goat! Now whenever we see the kids out and about they all ask "Where is Ms. Peabody?"
The goats ran and followed the kids back up the path. They were sad to see them go!
South African Boer Bok
Autumn Olive Farms is a family based operation in Augusta County. We have a dual focus model with a singular commitment to the health and wellness of the land, animal and the consumer. We raise the beautiful South African Boer Bok as an environmentally sound method to combat the invasive plant species problem while producing one of the finest and healthiest meats in the world right here in the Shenandoah Valley. The combination of the worlds premier, purpose bred and standardized meat goat with the fantastic forage base of invasive species here in the Valley provides a win-win situation for the land, its owner and the consumer.