— The Goatzz Team


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Hay for Sale

Kathy hanging out in the loft with the square bales

Kathy hanging out in the loft with the square bales

Many of you know from my past writings that a favourite Crise pastime before the all-consuming goat hobby started was going for drives around our beautiful home state of Maine. Once when the kids were little, on one of our many journeys (insert Dateline’s Keith Morrison’s voice), there was a sign...an oh-so foretelling sign.

“Hay For Sale” that sign read.

Josh at the wheel, kids strapped into booster seats, we were reading every sign we came upon as the budding readers in t read more...
By Kathy Crise

By Kathy Crise

Featured in the April issue of Goat Rancher (page 19-20).

Featured in the April issue of Goat Rancher (page 19-20).


Monday, March 1, 2021

Making the Most of Everything our Goats Have to Offer

Decorative, stylish goat pelts rugs or throws for any occasion

Decorative, stylish goat pelts rugs or throws for any occasion

Rather than jump right into today’s topic, I’m going to offer up a quick update on how 2020 shaped up for the Crise Crew and how we’ve turned the corner into 2021. My dad, Josh, has always worked from home. With Covid, however, he’s had a little more time available and mandatory vacation time off to reduce company liability … yada, yada, yada. More time off for dad means more projects he conjures up and we get dragged into. My mom, Kathy, is a faculty instructor in the Computer Technology progra read more...
By Amelia Crise

By Amelia Crise

Featured in the March issue of Goat Rancher (page 22-23).

Featured in the March issue of Goat Rancher (page 22-23).


Monday, February 1, 2021

Cold can’t stop the many tasks needed before kidding begins

Our quick reference board while we are at the barn

Our quick reference board while we are at the barn

As I sit down to write this article today, white stuff, snow, blankets the landscape outside my window. We have been fortunate so far to have a reasonably mild winter but as spring kidding is on my mind, I can’t help but be focused on thorough health checks to make sure the doe herd is ready to go for kidding season. I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who noted, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. This time of year is so blah in my wife’s words, which makes it difficult to want to read more...
By Josh Crise

By Josh Crise

Featured in the February issue of Goat Rancher (page 18-20).

Featured in the February issue of Goat Rancher (page 18-20).


Friday, January 1, 2021

Adding Artificial Insemination to our Goat Husbandry Arsenal

Checking the mucus for the proper consistency. I promise I am not as grossed out as my face might suggest!

Checking the mucus for the proper consistency. I promise I am not as grossed out as my face might suggest!

With the 2020 Cream of the Crop Kiko Sale in Corydon, Indiana under our belts, and our three new does integrated into our herd and settling in quite nicely, it was time to make their Facebook debuts on our farm page and personal pages. We documented our whole trip to the sale on our pages, as we always do, so we can remember our trips, but also for marketing purposes. This year wasn’t any different in regards to comments on our Facebook posts’ pictures. Many people post things such as, “safe tra read more...
By Amelia Crise

By Amelia Crise

Featured in the January issue of Goat Rancher (page 19-20).

Featured in the January issue of Goat Rancher (page 19-20).


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Keeping the water flowing can be difficult in Northern Maine

Our yard hydrant at the goat barn

Our yard hydrant at the goat barn

As many of our readers have come to know over the last year or two, we live in New England, specifically Northern Maine. Often we are asked, especially by our fellow southern goat producers, what winter operations are like this far north? Or they crow, something like there is no way I would be a producer in the North! In many ways, it is much the same as it is in other parts of the world, just a heck of a lot colder. This means we need to take a few extra precautions to be successful, as well as read more...
By Josh Crise

By Josh Crise

Featured in the December issue of Goat Rancher (page 21-24).

Featured in the December issue of Goat Rancher (page 21-24).


Sunday, November 1, 2020

Go(a)t Milk!

Milk two teats or plug one end to milk just one teat

Milk two teats or plug one end to milk just one teat

The weeks and the days leading up to the Cream of the Crop Kiko Sale in Corydon, Indiana are always filled with much excitement. As we mentioned in September’s Goat Rancher, we love road trips and all that comes along with them. This year is no different. We have been cooped up in Northern Maine for far too many months at this point. With news that the sale would surely be on, the planning commenced. Instead of heading straight to Indiana this year, we took the more scenic route: a chance for go read more...
By Amelia Crise

By Amelia Crise

Featured in the November issue of Goat Rancher (page 25-26).

Featured in the November issue of Goat Rancher (page 25-26).


Thursday, October 1, 2020

Uncertainties with Covid-19 and Food Scarcity this Season

Small buckling herd doing a bit of goatscaping

Small buckling herd doing a bit of goatscaping

This year is surely shaping up to be one for the books. It is hard to imagine that anyone will forget the events that unfolded at the turn of 2020. Covid-19 originally brought about many uncertainties and continues to do so today. The unpredictability of the virus has hurt and even closed many businesses. As we are operating a business, we too, contemplated how the virus would affect this year's breeding stock and meat sales.

In past years, customers piqued interest around March and read more...
by Amelia Crise

by Amelia Crise

Featured in the October issue of Goat Rancher (page 14-15).

Featured in the October issue of Goat Rancher (page 14-15).


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Three differing perspectives on the best Kiko sale of the year

Driving from Maine to Southern Indiana just to look at Kiko goats

Driving from Maine to Southern Indiana just to look at Kiko goats

Look up “professional road-trippers” in any dictionary or online platform and you will find a picture of the Crise Crew! Our kids have been on the road since, well, since before they were born! We could write for days on the driving trips we have taken which include cross-country hauls, Maine to Florida in 24 hours, Alaska, snowstorms, tornadoes, and many more miles of adventures! One of our favorite road-trips now is heading to Corydon, Indiana to the Cream of the Crop Sale!

Kathy’s read more...
By Kathy, Amelia, and Josh Crise

By Kathy, Amelia, and Josh Crise

Featured in the September issue of Goat Rancher (page 28 & 36).

Featured in the September issue of Goat Rancher (page 28 & 36).


Saturday, August 1, 2020

Getting Out There

Magnetic signs to promote Kiko sales

Magnetic signs to promote Kiko sales

Josh and I moved our family to Lee during the fall of 2000. Amelia and Kevin were just a toddler and infant! Lee is the town that I grew up in and where the majority of my family was still living. Josh began commuting (flying) to NYC from Maine each week for work and the kids and I settled into my parents’ home for the winter. Each week Josh would fly home Thursday afternoon and return to the big city Sunday afternoon! Who knew that this beginning so many years ago would lead to our need to expl read more...
By Kathy Crise

By Kathy Crise

Featured in the August issue of Goat Rancher (page 20-21).

Featured in the August issue of Goat Rancher (page 20-21).


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Supporting a Health Crazed Nation

A batch of goat burger balls for Spaghetti!!

A batch of goat burger balls for Spaghetti!!

Often I am asked by family, friends and even colleagues, why would you eat goat? Or the statement might be announced in a different way ... "I would never eat goat! Goats are too cute." And then, the conversation turns to a bit of curiosity ... "Well, what does goat meat taste like?" So let's explore why you might eat goat meat and what it tastes like in a bit more detail.

Interestingly enough, goat meat, chevon or cabrito, which is considered red meat, is eaten more widely than any o read more...
By Josh Crise

By Josh Crise

Meat Comparison Table* (per 3 oz. roasted meat or seafood)

Meat Comparison Table* (per 3 oz. roasted meat or seafood)

Featured in the July issue of Goat Rancher (page 9).

Featured in the July issue of Goat Rancher (page 9).