About Our Farm
My name is Cade Cockburn, and I am 16 years old. I live on a small family farm in Johnston City, IL. My parents and I raise a herd of quality Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats that are primarily registered with the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA). Some of our goats are also registered with the American Goat Society (AGS) and the Nigerian Dairy Goat Association (NDGA). You may also see a few LaMancha Dairy Goats at our farm from time to time. We attend close to ten sanctioned dairy goat shows per year, and we also participate in ADGA linear appraisal program and Dairy Herd Improvement 305 Day Milk Testing. We enjoy breeding towards improving the breed. We find enjoyment in milking our goats, making cheese, soap, ice cream, and butter with all that milk.
We began our "goating" adventure in 2011, when I became deathly sick. I stayed in a St. Louis hospital for 10 days. Now, I had always wanted a few goats for pets, but my parents just never came around to buy me some. Well, when I was at the point the doctors thought I was dying, my dad told me if I would just get better, he would buy me a few goats. Well, the next day I woke up, all perky, feeling much better than the day before. I asked "So.... did you say we were getting goats?" And it has progressed from there! We began doing some research in the hospital on the days I was feeling okay. In our search, we were lead to the Nigerian Dwarf goats. We began with a few unregistered pet quality does. A few days later, we bought four pet quality registered does. From there, we learned a lot. We learned some things the hard way, and some the easy way.
Now that we have gotten away from pet quality goats, we strive for breed improvement. Our main goal is to produce a structurally correct animal that will excel in the show ring, but do also strive to produce productive animals. Colorful animals with blue eyes, moonspots, etc. are not important to us. Correct conformation and high production are what we strive for, not flashy coloring. In addition to attending close to ten shows per year with our dairy goats, we also participate in ADGA's Linear Appraisal and 305 Day DHI Milk Testing.
We have came a long way from our humble beginnings of five pet quality goats. Our breeding program is beginning to be recognized for the quality of goats we have. As of 2016, we now have a homebred permanent champion. Our doe, SGCH Cade's Lil Farm Magic VEEE 91 finished her championship as a three year old second freshener. We feel so blessed to have bred such a beauty, and can't wait to breed many more!
We offer goats for sale every year. Be sure to check the Breeding Plans and For Sale pages to see what is currently available. We would not sell an animal with serious defects of any sort.
Cade's Lil' Farm was the first in the state of Illinois that became licensed to sell raw milk for human consumption. Contact us if you'd like to buy some of our milk!
We give God all of the glory for the things we have accomplished with our little herd. We could not have made it this far without Him.
Cade's Lil' Farm is on Facebook now! We update it regularly with show results and other things going on here at the farm. Don't forget to stop in and hit "Like" !!!!
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