— The Goatzz Team


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).


Monday, June 1, 2020

Offering Mom-servations on a snowy spring day in Maine

Snow in Maine ... May 12

Snow in Maine ... May 12

Happy Mother’s Day! Just another beautiful May Day here in central Maine! So far today we have six fresh inches of snow! November, December and even January snow is beautiful but this Poor Man’s Fertilizer is NOT beautiful in May! The snowbanks just melted away last week and the grass is finally turning green!

Our herd is still in their winter barn areas. Zulu, our buck, is just a watchful eye away from the big herd and he is raring to get out to the greens! His side of the barn area read more...
By Kathy Crise

By Kathy Crise

Featured in the June issue of Goat Rancher (pages 26-28).

Featured in the June issue of Goat Rancher (pages 26-28).


Friday, May 1, 2020

Why Kikos? I ask, why not?

Goat pile on the ranchers

Goat pile on the ranchers

Often, I am asked the same two initial questions when I am chatting with friends, customers and even co-workers about life on the farm or ranch. First ... why goats? And second ... why Kikos (key-kos)?

You may have your own answer to the first question already. Or you might be like many others who are just getting started, asking, well, why small ruminants and not cattle or some other type of livestock? Any goat lover, owner or rancher could answer the first question for any variety read more...
By Josh Crise

By Josh Crise

Featured in the May issue of Goat Rancher (pages 24-25).

Featured in the May issue of Goat Rancher (pages 24-25).


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Moral of the Story

Adapted from Sketchite

Adapted from Sketchite

There are certain times during the year the bugs in Maine are horrendous, so you often find yourself swatting, slapping and just being aggravated for a few weeks. The problem is that in this area of Maine, you are constantly saying … well, I can’t do this or that outside because it is below zero, raining, too hot, too muggy, snowing, the bugs will carry you away, etc. The list never ends for why you can’t do something in the great outdoors. For those that know me, I am always working on somethin read more...
By Josh Crise

By Josh Crise

Featured in the April issue of Goat Rancher (pages 24-25).

Featured in the April issue of Goat Rancher (pages 24-25).