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Marble Creek Acres

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Joshua Crise
279 Winn RdLee, ME 04455
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Sunday, March 1, 2020

We can live without animal protein ... But why would we?

Protein is one of the vital sources of nutrition we need for a balanced diet in our everyday lives. Should a catastrophic disaster strike the United States, or any other region of the world, a balanced diet would be the least of our concerns. The body can live without protein for a maximum of 70 days. After that, the body begins to break down muscle fiber so it can survive. Of course, we have 100s, likely 1000s of choices for protein to help us survive, should Zombies take over … yes, I enjoy a read more...
By Josh Crise

By Josh Crise

Featured in March issue of Goat Rancher (pages 19 and 32).

Featured in March issue of Goat Rancher (pages 19 and 32).


Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Goat that Keeps on Giving

Amelia making friends with the locals

Amelia making friends with the locals

Shortly after beginning our journey into the goating world in 2015, I was blessed with the unique opportunity to travel to India with my dad. We started our two-week stay in India by traversing as tourists. We experienced the hustle and bustle of the city touring through New Delhi by rickshaw, explored beautiful temples, took the most amazing two-hour train ride to Agra where we were able to view and experience the breathtaking architecture of the Taj Mahal (a once in a lifetime must-see). To to read more...
By Amelia Crise

By Amelia Crise

Featured in February issue of Goat Rancher (pages 27-30).

Featured in February issue of Goat Rancher (pages 27-30).


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Maternal Instincts: Both Kiko and Human!

Mama, Mama, Mama I want some

Mama, Mama, Mama I want some

About four years ago my father, Joshua Crise, began his research for what would prove to be both a successful and satisfying adventure. Goats! Meat goats, in particular, were the next bit of life that would make their way to our small ranch in Lee, Maine. But first, he had to decide what breed would best fit our environment, as well as, our lifestyle. In late 2015 to early 2016, he had it narrowed down to two breeds: Kikos or Boers. In the end, it was an easy choice. He landed on Kikos for sever read more...
By Amelia Crise

By Amelia Crise

Featured in January issue of Goat Rancher (pages 12-14).

Featured in January issue of Goat Rancher (pages 12-14).


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Knock you on your butt, electrified fencing to protect your herd

Fencing that runs through wooded areas is always susceptible to being damaged by falling trees and limbs. Repairs must be made quickly.

Fencing that runs through wooded areas is always susceptible to being damaged by falling trees and limbs. Repairs must be made quickly.

As December and ultimately Winter approaches in the Northeast, I find myself making lists and checking them twice, to see who has been naughty or nice! Wait, that isn’t quite the right list. Instead, I am meticulously working through our farm-related to-dos … well let’s face it, I like to believe I am anyways. I am always trying to check off an item or two a night and a few items over the weekend, with the hopes of being prepared for the cold months better than I was last year and better than th read more...
By Josh Crise

By Josh Crise

Featured in December issue of Goat Rancher (pages 16 & 18).

Featured in December issue of Goat Rancher (pages 16 & 18).


Friday, November 1, 2019

What's that smell?

Qato, our junior herdsire, demonstrating his flawless Flehmen Response at the start of breeding season.

Qato, our junior herdsire, demonstrating his flawless Flehmen Response at the start of breeding season.

Goats are unique: from their color and body structure to their personalities. They can make you laugh. Sometimes you end up in the wrong place and get a bump or a hard knock, so at times, they definitely can make you cry. They are a ton of work and more importantly, they are a ton of fun and bring a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

Now let’s go back a year, five years, ten years, or even thirty years. You’re a new goat owner. You’re puttering around at the barn. Let’s fa read more...
By Amelia Crise

By Amelia Crise

Featured in the November issue of Goat Rancher (pages 32 & 42).

Featured in the November issue of Goat Rancher (pages 32 & 42).


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Feed & Forage --- Winter is already knocking on our back door

Collapsible feeder in action with Amelia taking a representative core sample to determine % of the protein in our available hay.

Collapsible feeder in action with Amelia taking a representative core sample to determine % of the protein in our available hay.

As Fall approaches (still August at this point when sitting down to write this … type this?), feed and forage are top of our mind. With Winter around the corner --- Yes already! --- and it definitely seems to be arriving earlier and earlier here in Northern Maine, or at least Fall has arrived much earlier than normal, we are left wrestling with prepping our small rural homestead and goat operation for Winter. This includes considering how we will feed hay out over the cold months and what sub-gr read more...
By Josh Crise

By Josh Crise

Featured in the October issue of Goat Rancher (pages 10 & 11).

Featured in the October issue of Goat Rancher (pages 10 & 11).


Sunday, September 1, 2019

Involving Youth Early

Mad scientist helping with the goat pill evaluations.

Mad scientist helping with the goat pill evaluations.

With this month’s Goat Rancher focus on “Youth”, it’s left me reflecting on what our home would have been like if I had taken the Kiko meat goat leap when our kids were youngsters. We were always involved in school activities, including music, sports, and other after school outdoor activities but neither my wife nor I were raised on farms so goating was and is foreign to us. There’s nothing you can’t read and research to learn or reach out to locals (mind you local could be anywhere in the world read more...
By Josh Crise

By Josh Crise

Featured in the September issue of Goat Rancher (pages 45 & 46).

Featured in the September issue of Goat Rancher (pages 45 & 46).


Thursday, August 1, 2019

Finding your Niche --- USDA Private Label

Farm visits bring out the freezer on wheels.

Farm visits bring out the freezer on wheels.

Have any of you considered what your fiscal year looks like? Do you use the standard calendar year? Is your fiscal year based around tax season? Or do you base your fiscal year and your planning around the start of breeding season or kidding season? There is so much to consider as we begin to plan but it also leaves me reflecting on the past year, not specifically about planning but what went well and what I want to repeat or continue doing in the next year. What activities am I specifically eng read more...
By Josh Crise

By Josh Crise

Featured in the August issue of Goat Rancher (pages 17 & 18).

Featured in the August issue of Goat Rancher (pages 17 & 18).


Monday, July 1, 2019

Goat Recipes Made Easy

Taco night with the Crise Crew!

Taco night with the Crise Crew!

If you are new to goat meat, its mild flavor, and lean fat content, then you may be interested in how you might integrate it into your everyday meals. We get questions on a regular basis asking us how we cook our goat meat as well as what is the best meal to try it in for the first time.

There are tons of recipes on the internet you can search for and try but we like to keep it simple to start. For example, try replacing your hamburger with goat burger in traditional meals like stews, read more...
By Josh Crise

By Josh Crise

Featured in the July issue of Goat Rancher (pages 42)

Featured in the July issue of Goat Rancher (pages 42)


Saturday, June 1, 2019

Mississippi Buck Turned Mainah'

Just chillin' - Qato made it through the winter in good condition and is looking forward to another breeding season.

Just chillin' - Qato made it through the winter in good condition and is looking forward to another breeding season.

Like many in the meat goat business, we do our research, read, investigate, ask questions, email and call whomever we can and yes leverage Facebook and YouTube to “Get Learned” about tips and tricks or anything under the sun related to the industry. I am no different but at some point, you have to take the plunge into the world of meat goats and so I did a few years back. I work full time from home and travel to meet the commitments of my remote-based role with a leading Education Technology com read more...
By Josh Crise

By Josh Crise

Featured in the June issue of Goat Rancher (pages 42, 44, & 46).

Featured in the June issue of Goat Rancher (pages 42, 44, & 46).